Pairing food with your choice of beverage can be intimidating, but your Market of Choice beverage steward can make it simple. The first thing they would say is to choose a beverage you know you like. Like the food you enjoy, your beverage should be equally enjoyable, and while it’s always nice to find that magical pairing, eating and drinking what you like is the best way to create the perfect combination.
In finding that perfect pairing, we suggest exploring on your own by tasting your favorite beverage with a range of foods. How do they complement one another? Do the flavors contrast in an enjoyable way? Do they blend together into something even more delicious? If the combination does either, you have your pairing.
If you don’t have time to explore or still want expert advice, our beverage stewards can help you make selections that are sure to please the palate. Whether you’re seeking wine or beer, our stewards are happy to share some of their favorites. Here are a few to get you started.
Alesong Rhino Suit – Lorane, Oregon
This rich imperial milk stout has been aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels. It has layers of vanilla, coconut, chocolatey malt and sweet bourbon-like notes.
Perfect Pairings: Enjoy with cocoa-braised lamb shoulder, Rogue River Blue cheese and chocolate chip sea salt cookies.
André Clouet Brut Nature – France
From Grand Cru vineyards near Bouzy, this 100% Pinot Noir grower Champagne is delicate and high-toned with citrus, apple, mineral and a hint of yeasty bread.
Perfect Pairings: Great with oysters and other shellfish, sushi and soft-ripened cheeses.
The Eyrie Pinot Gris Dundee Hills – McMinnville, Oregon
From the first winery to plant Pinot Gris in the United States, this is a classic wine with citrus, apple, wet stone and orange blossom.
Perfect Pairings: Salmon and other Pacific Northwest fish, as well as chicken and pasta (with a sauce other than tomato-based) pair well.
Chehalem Rose of Pinot Noir – Newberg, Oregon
Estate-grown at Corral Creek Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains, this refreshing Rosé has strawberry, rose petal and grapefruit.
Perfect Pairings: Turkey and other fowl, green salad with a citrus-based dressing, pork and milder seafood make excellent pairings.
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley – Carlton, Oregon
A single vineyard Pinot Noir from 13 vineyard sites in the northern Willamette Valley, this outstanding Pinot Noir shows impressive depth with Bing cherry, marionberry, cola, baking spices and mouthwatering acidity.
Perfect Pairings: Prime rib and other beef entrées, as well as hearty fare like lamb and cassoulet, pair well with this wine.