Lake Geneva Wine Shop

For the Love of Grape!

At Lake Geneva Country Meats, we focus on pairing great wine with great food. Learn about the different types and then go find a recipe to pair them with!

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Wine

Albarino

Albarino

An underlooked grape, Albarino is best known from Spain, where it makes wines that are full bodied, aromatic and refreshing. If you like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay, give this a try!


Top Regions:

  • Rias Baixas, Spain

Pairs great with:

  • Seafood and chicken dishes

Other Great Styles

Albarino

Albarino

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cab is king, and for good reason! This grape produces big, full bodied red wines that are a go to for many people. You can find good examples at many price points from $10 to $1,000!


Top Regions:

  • Bordeaux, France
  • Napa, California
  • Chile

Pairs great with:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous with a pan seared steak or a roasted prime rib
 

Other Great Styles

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cava

Cava

Cava is a sparkling wine made in the South of Spain from a blend of many different grapes. The wine is fruity, refreshing and very affordable!


Top Regions:

  • Cava, Spain

Pairs great with:

  • Sparkling wine will pair with anything! Cava is especially great with cheeses

Other Great Styles

Cava

Cava

Champagne

Champagne

The sparkling wine that all other sparkling wines desire to be, Champagne is made only in France from Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. The end result is a sparkling wine of unparalled complexity and richness.


Top Regions:

  • Champagne, France

Pairs great with:

  • Champagne will pair with anything, but I particularly like it with buttered foods

Other Great Styles

Champagne

Champagne

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay can be light and crisp, or rich and full bodied. There are so many different flavors this grape can take on, you're sure to find one you like.


Top Regions:

  • Burgundy, France
  • Sonoma, California
  • Napa, California

Pairs great with:

  • Rich chicken and seafood dishes
 

Other Great Styles

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Gamay

Gamay

One of the lightest red grapes, Gamay is the grape that makes Beaujolais. While Beaujolais Noveau is well known for being alcoholic grape juice, there are many great Beaujolais wines that are delicious bistro style wines at very affordable prices.


Top Regions:

  • Beaujolais, France

Pairs great with:

  • Pair a wine made with Gamay with simple stews and roasted meats

Other Great Styles

Gamay

Gamay

Grenache

Grenache

Grenache (or Garnacha) is grown around the Mediterranean and makes light bodied red wines that have plenty of red fruit along with spice notes. These are easy drinking, affordable wines.


Top Regions:

  • Spain
  • Rhone, France

Pairs great with:

  • Great with roasted chicken and rich fish dishes
 

Other Great Styles

Grenache

Grenache

Malbec

Malbec

Malbec originated in France but is now best known as Argentina's signature grape. It produces wines that are velvety smooth with rich fruit flavors.


Top Regions:

  • Mendoza, Argentina
  • Cahors, France

Pairs great with:

  • Malbec loves steak and steak loves Malbec. Bonus points if you serve with chimichurri!
 

Other Great Styles

Malbec

Malbec

Merlot

Merlot

While it's not quite en vogue, Merlot produces phenomonal red wines that have ripe red fruit flavors plus tannin and structure. Plus, they're usually more affordable than similar quality Cabernet!


Top Regions:

  • Bordeaux, France
  • Napa, California
  • Columbia Valley, Washington

Pairs great with:

  • Merlot is a versatile partner for pork, beef or lamb, especially when it's grilled

Other Great Styles

Merlot

Merlot

Moscato

Moscato

Fruity and sweet, Moscatos are a fun wine to drink with friends. Don't forget an Asti when you feel like bubbles!


Top Regions:

  • Asti, Italy

Pairs great with:

  • Try this with spicy foods

Other Great Styles

Moscato

Moscato

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio

Known as Pinot Grigio in Italy, and Pinot Gris elsewhere, this is often a lighter white wine with lemon, pear and citrus fruit flavors.


Top Regions:

  • Alto Adige, Italy
  • Alsace, France
  • Columbia Valley, Washington

Pairs great with:

  • Light seafood and chicken dishes
 

Other Great Styles

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a thin-skinned grape that produces light red wines. The best Pinot Noirs are fruity, earthy and spicy and very easy to drink!


Top Regions:

  • Burgundy, France
  • Sonoma, California
  • Oregon

Pairs great with:

  • Pinot Noir can work with a variety of foods from salmon to pork to mushrooms
 

Other Great Styles

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Port

Port

A fortified wine that is made by adding brandy to a dry wine. The end result is a deliciously sweet drink that's perfect for dessert.


Top Regions:

  • Douro, Portugal

Pairs great with:

  • Excellent with fruit, nuts and cheese for dessert

Other Great Styles

Port

Port

Prosecco

Prosecco

Made from Glera grapes, Prosecco is Italy's great sparkling wine. It's becoming increasingly popular for its light bubles and crisp flavors.


Top Regions:

  • Prosecco, France

Pairs great with:

  • Prosecco is an easy pairing partner, but it's especially great with seafood

Other Great Styles

Prosecco

Prosecco

Riesling

Riesling

Riesling is an amazing grape that can make delicious sweet wines and delicious dry wines! Dry rieslings are particularly food friendly.


Top Regions:

  • Mosel, Germany
  • Alsace, France
  • Columbia Valley, Washington

Pairs great with:

  • Dry riesling pairs with almost anything, sweet riesling pairs great with spicy food
 

Other Great Styles

Riesling

Riesling

Rosé

Rosé

True rosé wines are dry, crisp and delicious. They combine the crisp, refreshing characteristics of a white wine with hints of red wine flavor. Don't be scared to drink pink!


Top Regions:

  • France
  • Spain
  • California

Pairs great with:

  • Rosé is delicious with summer salads or on its own
 

Other Great Styles

Rosé

Rosé

Sangiovese

Sangiovese

Sangiovese (and all the other names the Italians call it by) is the grape that makes Chianti. It produces wines that have lots of acidity, plenty of earthiness and red fruit flavors.


Top Regions:

  • Chianti, Italy

Pairs great with:

  • Sangiovese is a great pairing for high acid foods like dishes that have tomato sauce!

Other Great Styles

Sangiovese

Sangiovese

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

Packed with flavors of grass, grapefruit, and other tropical fruit, Sauvignon Blanc is refreshing and delicious!


Top Regions:

  • Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Bordeaux, France
  • California

Pairs great with:

  • Seafood dishes and dishes with lemon flavors
 

Other Great Styles

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

Syrah

Syrah

Syrah (or Shiraz) can be full of ripe red fruits when made in warm climates like Australia, or packed with dark fruit and leather notes when produced in cooler climates. Both styles are delicious and great with food!


Top Regions:

  • Rhone, France
  • South Australia
  • Columbia Valley, Washington

Pairs great with:

  • Syrah is the perfect pairing for stews, lamb, and smoked meats
 

Other Great Styles

Syrah

Syrah

Tempranillo

Tempranillo

You'll usually see Tempranillo labeled as "Rioja", because that's the best region for growing this grape. It produces wines with dark fruit and earthy flavors at great values.


Top Regions:

  • Rioja, Spain
  • Duero, Spain

Pairs great with:

  • Try this Spanish wine with roasted pork and BBQ

Other Great Styles

Tempranillo

Tempranillo

Zinfandel

Zinfandel

Originally from Croatia, Zinfandel is now best known as a California grape. It's full bodied, high alcohol and packed with big fruit flavors.


Top Regions:

  • California
  • Southern Italy

Pairs great with:

  • The big flavors of Zinfandel are awesome with smoked ribs slathered in BBQ sauce!
 

Other Great Styles

Zinfandel

Zinfandel