Magazine article Sunset

Better Party Pairing

Magazine article Sunset

Better Party Pairing

Article excerpt

Forget the old wisdom that tells you to pour only hearty red wines with chareuterie and cheese. We tested and we know: Salty, spicy salumi and tangy cheese need lighter, crisper wines with lower alcohol and tannin. And many whites work well! Try these winning matches.

RICH ROUNDUP WITH ...

Dry Riesling

The wine's acidity cuts through fat; its aromatics and minerality work with salty-sweet foods.

BOTTLE PICKS

Anne Amie 2013 (Yamhill-Carlton; $20).

Chehalem 2013 Corral Creek Vineyards

(Chehalem Mountains, OR; $29).

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EARTHY FLAVORS WITH

Chenin Blanc

Nutty cheese and peppery meat match the wine's rich minerality.

BOTTLE PICKS

Foxen 2013 Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Old Vines (Santa Maria Valley; $25).

J. Bookwalter 2014 Willard Vineyard Old Vine (Yakima Valley; $26).

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WIDE-RANGING FLAVORS WITH ...

Sparkling Rose

The subtle red fruit of a rose loves cured meats, and crisp bubbles counter richness.

BOTTLE PICKS

Inman Family 2012

(Russian River Valley; $56).

Scharffenberger "Excellence"

(Mendocino County; $23). …

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