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Park Place Food and Wine Guide

Fri, Dec 02, 22  |  food & wine pairing
Turn any meal from ordinary into extraordinary

We know how daunting it can be to match a wine with your favorite foods. To help make pairing as simple as possible, we developed this guide as well as a section in our online shop called “Pairings by Our Sommeliers.”   

This Park Place Food & Wine Guide delves into an array of foods and preparations to help pinpoint the best type of wine for your food.  We organized our recommendations by Food Groups, based on the most common pairing questions we have received from customers. Our online shop features wines for each Food Group. If after perusing, you have any questions, one of our certified sommeliers is a click away from helping!

How to Use our Guide

  • Click on the type of food you are preparing (Food Group)
  • Review the consistent flavors in that food group
  • Get our recommendations for the most versatile wine varietals that pair well with those consistent flavors (best matches are listed first)
  • See our recommendations for wine varietals that pair well with specific preparations and sauces
  • Go to Pairings by Our Sommeliers to peruse or buy wines, selected by our sommeliers, that pair well with your meal


Our Pairing Philosophy

Matching a wine with food is more art than science, but in general, wine compliments food when the wine and food share:

  • similar flavors (raw oysters with minerally, briney whites)
  • complementary flavors (spicy foods with softer/fruitier wines)
    the same intensity of flavor (bold bbq with bold reds and whites)
  • similar perceived weight on the palette (red meat with full-bodied red)

also, when

  • the wine’s acid level “cuts through” the food to release more taste (fat or cream with higher acid or tannic wines)
  • the wine doesn’t raise the heat level in spicy-hot foods (avoid oaked and high alcohol wines)
  • the wine comes from the same region as the cuisine
  • the wine is pared with a sauce or preparation of the dish (lemon sauce with citrusy wine)


Search by Food Group

Grilled Foods

Raw Bar

Shellfish Cooked or Baked

Fish: White and Flakey

Fish: Rich and Fatty

Pasta or Pizza with Tomato Sauce

Sweet and Spicy Foods, e.g. BBQ or Spicy Asian

Light Salad and Vegetables

Hearty Sauces, Soups or Stews with Protein Base

Roasted Foods

Sushi and Non-Spicy Asian

Hard to Pair Foods e.g. Asparagus and Artichoke


Don’t see what you are serving? Let us know and we’ll make a recommendation!



Consistent flavors:  caramel, smoke, char

Wine Varietals for Specific Preparations

Best Overall Wine Varietals: Chenin Blanc, Unoaked Chardonnay, Richer Whites, California Sauvignon Blanc, Pecorino, Gregante, Zinfandel, New World Red Blends, Valpolicella, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Syrah, Malbec


Raw Bar

Consistent flavors:  brine, salt, sea, minerals

Best Overall Wine Varietals: Muscadet, lighter Sauvignon Blanc (Long Island/Bordeaux), Gruner, Txakolina, Albarino, Vinho Verde, Pinot Blanc, Chablis, Leaner sparkling like blanc de blanc champagne, Cava, Pinot Grigio

Wine Varietals for Specific Preparations   


Shellfish Cooked or Baked

Consistent tastes: buttery, lemony, creamy, savory/herbal/earthy (oregano, parsley) notes

Best Overall Wine Varietals: Chenin, lightly or neutral oaked Chardonnay, White Rhone or White Rhone Blends, Falanghina, Sauvignon Blanc


Fish: white, flakey

Consistent flavors: moist, buttery delicate, savory, sweet, earthy

Best Overall Wine Varietals: Pecorino, Soave, Gavi, California Sauvignon Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, Albarino, Pinot Grigio


Fish: rich, fatty

Consistent flavors: moist, savory, sweet, earthy, meaty, rich.

Best Overall Wine Varietals: Pinot Gris, White Rhone, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Ruche, Terre Nere, Occhippinti, Godello, White Rioja, Verdicchio, Beaujolais

Wine Varietals for Specific Preparations


Pasta or Pizza with Tomato Sauce

Consistent flavors: sweet, savory, acidic, herbal, earthy, meaty, spicy.

Best Overall Wine Varietals: Sangiovese, Nero d’Avola, Rioja/Tempranillo, Barbera, Zinfandel

Wine Varietals for Specific Preparations


Spicy/Sweet (BBQ, Spicy Asian)

Consistent flavors: spice, heat, sweet, savory.

Best Overall Wine Varietals: Gewurtztraminer, Riesling, Unoaked or Oaked Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, New World Red Blends, Kerner, Cotes du Rhone, Valpolicella, Amarone, Zinfandel, Beaujolais, Rosé, Loire Chenin Blanc

Wine Varietals for Specific Preparations


Light Salad and Vegetables

Consistent flavors: vinegar, olive oil, lemony, herbal Note: High acid salad dressings and high acid vegetables are difficult to pair with wines. Visit our Food Group Hard to Pair Foods  

Best Overall Wine Varietals: Gruner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc, Unoaked or Lightly Oaked Chardonnay, Rosé, Chablis, Sparkling, Albarino, Godello, White Rioja, Kerner, Pinot Grigio, Beaujolais

Wine Varietals for Specific Preparations


Hearty Sauces, Soups or Stews with Protein Base

Consistent flavors: meaty/umami, savory, spicy, herbal, earthy.

Best Overall Wine Varietals: Rhone Blends, Portuguese Reds, Nebbiolo, Cabernet, Merlot, Bordeaux, Syrah, Cabernet Franc.

Best Wine Varietals for Specific Preparations



Consistent flavors: nutty, sweet, caramel, herbal, rich, spiced

Best Overall Wine Varietals: Cabernet Franc, Priorat, Valpo/Amarone, Pinot Noir, Cote du Rhone, Rioja, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Varietals for Specific Preparations


Sushi and Non-Spicy Asian (e.g. Cantonese)

Consistent Flavors:  salty, delicate seasonings, umami

Best Overall Wine Varietals: Malvasia, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chablis, Gruner, Arneis, Kerner, Pinot Noir or Old World Medium Bodied Reds with Age

Wine Varietals for Specific Preparations


Hard to Pair Foods (Asparagus, Artichoke)

Consistent flavors: umami, savory, herbal, earthy

Best Overall Wine Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Gruner Veltliner

Wine Varietals for Specific Preparations


Appetizers, Cheese, Charcuterie and Varied Cocktail Foods

Consistent flavors: fatty, salty, creamy, sweet, spicy 

Best Overall Wine Varietals: Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Sparkling

Wine Varietals for Specific Preparations