Food and Wine Pairings Around The World

Food and Wine Pairings Around The World

Last Updated on October 4, 2023

Whilst we might not be able to travel right now with borders still closed for the foreseeable future, we’re looking for ways to satisfy our wanderlust. Eating our way through exotic food and wine pairings is the perfect way to spend time with friends and family whilst exploring international flavours.

Whether you’re eating your way through local restaurants or cooking up epic dinner party meals in your own home, this is the perfect gastronomic activity. 

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White Wine Wanderlust

White wine – it’s fresh, thirst-quenching, bright, sometimes bubbly and, if you ask us, always a good idea. Whether you’re having seafood, cheese, salad or even desert there’s a perfect white that will pair seamlessly with your next dish. So, here are the best white wine and food pairings that will wow your friends and family at your next dinner party. 

Raclette with Cava


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Cava is a great refreshing Spanish sparkling wine made using the traditional method. Typically dominated by citrus and floral aromas but with a lower note that brings a great savory register, in our mind, Cava is a great crowd pleasing favourite. Stick with us though because, while you might see it as a fine summertime wine, we’re about to tell you to pair it with the ultimate wintery dish: raclette. Delicious molten cheese heated up and used to drench boiled potatoes, meats or bread. Whether the dish is originally Swiss or French is up for debate, but one thing we’re absolutely certain about is the fact that it’s absolutely delicious with cava. Looking for a raclette spot in Sydney, check out this list

Oysters de Tabasco with Vinho Verde

These warm and spicy oysters go perfectly with the surprising, refreshing taste of Portuguese vinho Verde are the perfect pair. The name means green wine or young wine which is bottled three to six months after the grapes are harvested and drunk soon after bottling. It’s often juicy and lightly sparkling and incredibly drinkable. The perfect dinner party crowd-pleaser. 

Pesto Pasta with Vermentino


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If you ask me, pesto pasta is the ultimate comfort food. Cheesy, nutty, fresh, and with the perfect level of indulgence, we would go to the ends of the earth for a good bowl of pasta with delicious monti pesto alla genovese. Pair this pasta dish with a Vermentino, a light-bodied white that originated on the island of Sardinia. Similar in taste to a sauvignon blanc, Vermentino is a light-bodied, dry white with notes of grapefruit, citrus and rocky minerality. It’s a little bit different but in all the best ways. We wholeheartedly recommend it.

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Road Trip Worthy Red

Sexy, sultry red wine. Wintry red wines are rich, warming and with a certain ‘Je ne sais quoi’ that makes you feel instantly relaxed in the way usually only a bubble bath and a silk robe would be able to, good red wines are great. These are our favourite road trip worthy reds and the meals you should pair them with. 

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Chianti

Simple, Italian and like something pulled directly from ‘The Godfather’, this dish is divine. A traditional family favourite, flavourful, tender and juicy – you want to make meatballs just like your Nonna used to make, or use this delicious recipe, and then pair the dish with a nice chianti. Chianti is produced in the Chianti region of Tuscany and is often presented in a straw wrapped bottle. It’s as essential to Italian cuisine as olive oil; it often has notes of red fruit, dried herbs, balsamic or smoke. It’s sweet, dry wine that echoes tart cherries. 

Cotoletta Milanese with Gamay Pinot Noir 

An Italian take on a veal schnitzel, a simple flavourful dish, cotoletta Milanese, pairs perfectly with a savoury edged wine that’s light and delicate. Silky in texture and not as ‘in your face’ as a traditional red. This light red has aromas of leather, sour cherries and cranberries. We recommend this wine in lieu of a trip down towards the Mediterranian.  

Chocolate Lava Cake with Cabernet Sauvignon


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What could possibly go wrong when you pair the most planted grape in the world with perhaps the most ordered dessert. Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with fatty meats and rich flavours but also with luscious chocolate desserts. If you’re choosing between varieties, remember that Californian cab savs can be fruiter whereas French cabernets are more herbal in taste.

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About Maria Kennedy

Maria Kennedy is the managing editor at Travel for Food Hub. Maria is on a full-tilt mission to share local food and travel inspiration. When she is not writing about food and travel, startups or social media, she is enjoying her time with her boys in sunny Spain.

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