Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2009 Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($8, ryebrookwines.com) The zesty, ripe gooseberry and tropical-fruit notes of this quintessential New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc underscore the palate-refreshing lemons in this family-friendly fish dish.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2009 Arrogant Frog Lily Pad Red Cabernet Sauvignon–Merlot ($7.50, marketviewliquor.com) Plummy, chocolaty Merlot and full-bodied Cabernet blend seamlessly in this smooth French red. An ideal pairing for a fall pasta.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2009 Fetzer Gewürztraminer ($8, thewinebuyer.com) With its notes of lychee, melon, and clove, this Gewürztraminer is both subtly sweet and noticeably spicy—a beautiful partner to the hot and salty flavors of the noodles.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2006 Covey Run Cabernet Sauvignon ($9, winechateau.com) Brawny steak and aromatic vegetables are a great match for this rich Cabernet that is lush with the scents of roasted coffee, black cherries, and vanilla.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2008 Smoking Loon Viognier ($12, winebuys.com) Bold Thai curry and sweet coconut milk are an exotic partner to the fragrant, seductive peach and guava notes of this floral white.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2008 Kaiken Malbec ($11, finewinehouse.com) The richness of the lamb harmonizes with the flavors of tart blueberries and black plums in this Argentine red; the sweet apricots and briny Feta are balanced by the wine’s elegant spice notes and touch of oak.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2007 Pepperwood Grove Old Vine Zinfandel ($9, wineaccess.com) This fruity, tangy chicken dish is best with a wine that shares similar characteristics, like this juicy, jammy Zinfandel.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2008 Rosemount Estate Diamond Label Shiraz ($8, thewinebuyer.com) Luscious red-berry flavors and peppery undertones make this robust Shiraz a perfect match for the piquant chorizo.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2008 Le Focaie Sangiovese ($15, winechateau.com) With hints of spice and cherries, this medium-bodied Sangiovese brings out the rustic flavors of the Brussels sprouts and bacon.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2008 Les Deux Rives Corbieres Rouge ($11, saratogawine.com) Choose a silky-smooth, dry red, like this blend of four French grapes, to enjoy with the sweet, peppery goodness of this classic comfort food.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2009 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc ($15, salutewinemarket.com) This South African white’s delicate minerality echoes the clean flavors of the shrimp. Hints of vanilla and honey subdue the peppery greens.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2009 Dr. L Riesling ($9, thewinebuyer.com) The crisp acidity in this well-balanced German Riesling offers a lively contrast to the beef salad’s juicy mango; a kiss of sweetness tempers the Sriracha hot chili sauce.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2009 Indaba Chardonnay ($8.50, wine.com) Touches of earthiness and oak make this Chardonnay a delicious partner to the strata’s mushrooms. The fresh herbs and the fontina benefit from the wine’s rich honey and pear notes.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2009 Big House Red ($7, finewinehouse.com) The subtle layers of rhubarb, vanilla, and leather in this blend complement the pork’s tangy balsamic glaze. Lip-smacking ripe plum and red currant flavors help cement the marriage of the salad’s apple and lentils.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2006 El Coto de Rioja Crianza ($11, liquoroutletwinecellars.com) The ripe, red berries and licorice notes in this racy red perk up the roasted pork. The ultra-smooth Tempranillo grapes add creaminess to the already decadent polenta.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2008 Mark West Pinot Noir ($12, wine.com) This easy-drinking Pinot Noir’s bright pomegranate flavors stand up to the heat of the horseradish and cut through the richness of the fish.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: 2008 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage ($12, winechateau.com) Hints of chocolate and coffee and a mouthful of blackberry and cassis flavors make this robust blend of Bordeaux grapes a lively companion to the marbled steak and creamy mash.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: Zonin Prosecco ($11, wineaccess.com) Festive bubbles, a nutty flavor, and bracing minerality make this snappy sparkler extremely food-friendly—especially when paired with lush Brie and rich sweet potatoes.
Perfect wine pairing for this dish: Sokol Blosser Evolution, Lucky Edition ($14, thewineclub.com) The lively flavors of fuzzy apricots, tropical fruits, and crisp citrus in this slightly sweet white blend temper the heat of these spicy Cajun cutlets.