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Wine & Chicken Pairing Tips

Chicken takes to any number of wines, both red and white. But once you add other ingredients with distinct flavors, specific wine types and styles emerge as natural partners.

3 Pairing Rules:

1. Spicy dishes, such as Curried Chicken and Rice, need the balance of a round, aromatic and fruity wine.

2. Tart flavors, such as Chicken Thighs with Malt Vinegar, call for an equally tart and intense clean-tasting wine.

3. Rich cream sauces point to smooth-textured, full-bodied Chardonnays, but a slightly tart or tannic light red—say, a young Pinot Noir—would provide a pleasing contrast.

Published February 1997
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