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Wine & Beer Suggestions
 Wine & Beer Suggestions

Guidelines for selecting wine and beer to complement various meats and fowl dishes relate mostly to domestic animals.  Since wild game has different flavors and much less fat, the pairing may need to be modified.  For example, hearty domestic red meat with fat goes well with a Cabernet Sauvignon wine or Porter beer.  Unless fat is added to a wild game dish it may be better with a less hearty wine or beer such as a Merlot or Brown Ale.  

The suggestions in the following two tables have been developed using the guidelines for wine and beer.  In using the tables it is important to note that sauces override the meat and the wine or beer is selected based on the type of sauce.  If your dish includes a sauce you make your selection from the Sauce Table.  If the dish does not include a sauce go to the Game and Fish Table and make a selection.   If you want to keep the variety of wines and beers down to a reasonable number, it is suggested that you select a Merlot, Pinot Noir and a Riesling.   Consider selecting American Pale Ale, Porter and Pilsner for beer.

Sauce Table
Sauce

Wine Suggestions

Beer Suggestions

Tomato Based Sauce
Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio
Brown Ale, ESB, Porter
Cream Based Sauces
White Sauce
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
American Pale Ale, Pilsner
Red Sauce
Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Merlot
Brown Ale, Porter
Butter Based Sauces
Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris
American Golden Lager, Pilsner, Wheat Ale
Clear Stock Based Sauces
Beef
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
 Porter
Chicken
Pinot Gris
Wheat Ale, Amber Ale
Puree Vegetable/Herbs
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
Wheat Ale, American Premium Lager
Glazes
Sweet
Chenin Blanc, Riesling
Wheat Ale, Pilsner
Spicy
Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir
India Pale Ale, Wheat Ale
Barbeque Sauce
BBQ Sauce
Zinfandel
Brown Ale, ESB, Porter
Spicy BBQ Sauce
Gewurztraminer, Riesling
 American Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Pilsner

Game and Fish Table
Wild Game Dish

Wine Suggestions

Beer Suggestions

Big Game (Venison)
Roasts
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel
Brown Ale, ESB, Porter
Braised/Grilled
Lemberger, Merlot, Zinfandel
Brown Ale, ESB, Porter
Fried
Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Brown Ale, ESB, Porter
Spicy (Sausage)
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Gewurztraminer, Sangiovese
India Pale Ale, American Pale Ale
Waterfowl and Upland Birds
Ducks/Geese
Roasted/Fried
Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah
Amber Ale,  American Brown Ale, Porter
Doves
Roasted/Fried        
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah
American Brown Ale, Porter
Pheasant/Quail/Forest Grouse
Roasted
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir
American Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Pilsner, Wheat Ale
Stewed (Spicy)
Lemberger, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Sangiovese
India Pale Ale, American Pale Ale
Gray Partridge
Roasted
Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Brown Ale, Amber ale
Stewed
Sangiovese, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir
India Pale Ale, ESB, Brown Ale
Fish
Trout


Riesling, Pinot Gris
Wheat Ale, American Golden Lager, Pilsner
Walleye/Bass
Riesling, Pinot Gris
Wheat Ale, American Golden Lager, Pilsner
Salmon
Poached
Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
American Premium Lager, Pilsner
Smoked/Grilled
Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Sangiovese
American Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Pilsner
Shellfish
Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay
Wheat Ale, India Pale Ale, American Golden Lager, Pilsner