Your Guide to Wine Pairing

Take your at-home dining experience to the next level with our food and wine pairing guide.

At Christophe’s, we’re passionate about helping our customers recreate the fine dining experience at home with our chef-prepared meals and gourmet food delivery service. According to a recent survey, Americans’ favorite place to drink wine is in the comfort of their own homes — a trend that compliments the rising popularity of “home-tainment,” a concept we are proud to support.

But let’s be real — no fine dining experience is complete without a glass of wine to seal the meal. Whether you’re a wannabe wine connoisseur or an aspiring sommelier, the right food and wine pairing can take our prepared meals from good to unforgettable.

Here are the best types of wine to pair with a few of Christophe’s popular menu options:

Cajun Chicken Burger

As one of Christophe’s most popular dishes (and a featured item on this week’s menu), the Cajun Chicken Burger is a serious crowd pleaser. With ingredients like chili powder and cayenne pepper, this bunless burger packs a punch of flavor and needs a bold wine to keep up.

We recommend pairing with a full-bodied red wine that won’t be overshadowed by the heat of the dish. Asda’sChilean Malbec is a peppery vanilla pour that will get the job done (at a low price point).

Chicken Parmesan

Our chicken parmesan is big on flavor but light enough to fend away any post-meal guilt. The chicken breast is lightly breaded in panko breadcrumbs, set on top of a bed of whole wheat spaghetti and then topped with spinach, tomato, and onion.

Choose a wine that’s softer on the palate like a silky smooth pinot noir. If you can get your hands on it, we recommend the Evening Land Vineyards’ 2012 Eola-Amity Hills Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir. According to Wine Spectator, its big name matches its “seductive, silky and supple” flavor.

Turkey Breast & Cherry Gastrique

Our roasted, all-natural turkey breast makes for a perfect dinner all year round. It’s served with zucchini, sweet potatoes and sweet black cherry gastrique — finished with sherry vinegar, honey and olive oil.

Zinfandel would make the perfect wine pairing for this sweet and savory turkey plate. Known for its high alcohol content (between 14 and 17 percent a bottle) and fruity characteristics, this wine is easy to sip on and absolutely delicious. Be on the lookout for Dry Creek Valley zinfandels, hailing from northern Sonoma.

Classic Meatballs

Whether you’re enjoying with a side of veggies or adding over a bed of pasta, our beef and pork meatballs are made the classic way — with lots of parmesan cheese, simmered in a homemade tomato sauce.

When it comes to deciding the best types of wine to pair with Italian food, Steven Grubbs from Empire State South puts it perfectly, “I think it’s totally criminal to drink anything other than Italian wine with Italian food.” We’ll take his advice and recommend the Castello di Cacchiano Chianti Classico from Tuscany.

Classic Pad Thai

Packed with fresh vegetables, crunchy peanuts and fresh lime, Christophe’s pad thai packs a lot of flavor. Choose to add a protein (like chicken, salmon or shrimp) or just keep it vegetarian. It’s the perfect blend of spicy and sweet.

Can you pair wine with Thai food? We’ll save you the suspense — absolutely. Go with a sweet, German Rieslingwith naturally high acidity to offset the spice of the rice noodles. The 2013 Louis Guntrum Oppenheim Sackträger Riesling Spätlese Trocken will do the trick.

Classic Pot Roast

Our tender, slow-cooked chuck beef is served with roasted root vegetables, fingerling potatoes and a decadent beef jus. Our hearty pot roast is begging for the perfect wine pairing.

Choose a pour that is bright and bold enough to hold its own against the full flavor of this dish. We recommend a cabernet sauvignon like the Renteria 2011 to help cleanse your palate between bites.

At Christophe’s, our goal is to keep our customers eating like Atlanta foodies every night of the week. Take a look at our menu this week or show us what you’re pairing with your chef-prepared meals by tagging us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with @christophestogo.

Happy wine pairing!