We can also pair lunch and starters with food. Actually, finding the right wine for light meals and salads is easier than choosing wine for the main course. The secret here is matching the food’s weight with an equally light-bodied wine.
Salads are best paired with dry white wine aged sans-oak and made with the grapes Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sylvaner, Riesling, Pinot Blanc and others. You’ll find them in the French regions of Loire, Alsace, Southern France and Bordeaux.
Rosé is an extraordinary wine for light meals, whether they’re based on seafood or land ingredients. The same goes for sparkling wine, which truly shines with more delicate food. Provence is your go-to source for word-class rosé, and almost every wine region in France produces high-quality sparkling wine.
For a heartier salad, like those topped with grilled chicken, salmon or tuna, a light-bodied red wine will do wonders. Pinot Noir and Gamay are specialists in the category, and they’re easy to drink, so they’re ideal for a late lunch. See our selection of light-bodied white wines to pair with salads and light meals below.