There's no more satisfying experience than a meal paired with wine that complements the flavors in your gourmet dish. In the past, you may have wandered the aisles, examining the labels of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, trying to imagine a recipe that would best match their unique flavors. Establishing the perfect wine and food pairing is really quite simple: You can enhance or contrast flavors according to each vintage's sweetness or weight. You can also dive in with recipes specially made for the perfect wine accompaniment, just as Chef Fiona Bohane did for the Dave Matthews Band while they were on tour.


A Chardonnay is a medium white wine that pairs perfectly with grilled seafood, herb-roasted chicken or buttery pasta. The Dreaming Tree Wines Chardonnay has a crisp, fruity flavor with hints of pear and peach that will accent the indulgent bites of a goat cheese and mushroom pizza or an arugula salad with ricotta. Try it with this recipe for Rice Noodle Salad with Fresh Vegetables and Herbs. steak Looking for a red wine to pair with this savory Garlic Marinated Grilled Flank Steak recipe? The Dreaming Tree Wines' Cabernet Sauvignon will do the trick!

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is the heartiest of reds, excellent with meats that can match the wine's bold flavor. Barbecued ribs and grilled flank steaks are filling dishes that work well with other robust flavors. Serve them for an enjoyable evening with friends, and throw some vegetable kabobs on the grill for the meat-free members of your party. Make this recipe for Garlic Marinated Grilled Flank Steak for a savory classic to eat as you sip The Dreaming Tree Wines oak-aged Cabernet; you'll note its enticing aroma that has hints of blackberry, cherry and cassis.


A unique blend of reds, The Dreaming Tree Wines' Crush is 59 percent Merlot, 16 percent Petite Sirah and 15 percent Zinfandel — plus a delicious combination of other varieties. This medium-weight red is a versatile wine, perfect for Vietnamese-style pork sandwiches, barbecued ribs or stuffed poblano peppers. As your evening winds down, you might want to open a bottle of Crush to drink with dessert, such as this recipe for Maple Pecan Bread Pudding.

The Dreaming Tree Wines Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with Fried Green Tomatoes The Dreaming Tree Wines' Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with Fried Green Tomatoes

Pinot Noir

A light, red easy to pair with most meals, The Dreaming Tree Wines' Pinot Noir is especially delectable with roast chicken, pork, grilled salmon and mushroom risotto. It's perfect for a summer evening on the patio or a cozy winter night at home. Try it with the classic Southern recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes. With or without the wine, the tomatoes may give a burst of energy — Chef Fiona Bohane whipped up a batch for the Dave Matthews Band to eat before their concert in Raleigh.

This post is sponsored by The Dreaming Tree Wines.

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