Wine Pairings

Wine Pairings
3 mins readOct 7, 2020

Whether you plan to dine alone or invited friends to dine with you, it’s important to know about wine pairings to add enjoyment to the meal. Explore your many options at a Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits store or shop online for free delivery on Grand Cayman.

Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits is the leading wholesaler and retailer of premium wines, beers and spirits in the Cayman Islands. Our stock includes great wines from all regions and all price points.

Wine PairingsVisit one of our convenient stores, or place an order from our online shop, and we will deliver it FREE of charge to your residence, office, yacht, villa or hotel room on Grand Cayman on Monday through Saturday.

Cabernet Sauvignon

This is probably the most famous red wine grape variety on Earth. Cabernet grapes have spread around the globe from their origin in Bordeaux (France) and are now significant grapes in the Napa Valley (California), Coonawarra (Australia) and Maipo Valley (Chile) wine regions. Pair it with:

  • Well-marbled beef
  • Duck
  • Stew
  • Pot roast
  • Grilled red meat
  • Spice rubs and sauces with lots of black pepper; mushrooms
  • Marinades containing soy sauce


Chardonnay is the world’s most famous white wine grape, one of the most widely planted, and beloved by people all over the world. Some of the best chardonnays come from France and California, but there are also fine examples from Italy, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Pair it with:

  • Shellfish
  • White-fleshed fish, e.g., halibut, mahi-mahi, tilapia
  • Chicken and turkey
  • Pork
  • Veal
  • Beans
  • Risotto and pasta
  • Cream and butter sauces
  • Mild Caribbean dishes with tropical fruit flavors


Some consider Merlot to be the Chardonnay of red wines. It is the second most popular type of red wine behind Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot grapes are plentiful in France, Italy, Switzerland, California and Washington. Pair it with:

  • Tender, milder cuts of beef, such as tenderloin
  • Meats with warm spices
  • Meats with fruit sauces, e.g., berries, dried cherries
  • Lamb
  • Meaty fish, e.g., salmon, tuna
  • Grilled foods

Pinot Noir

The best Pinot Noirs originate in Burgundy, France, but the grape has been carried around the globe, most notably to California, Washington, Oregon, South Africa and New Zealand. Pinot Noir features strong, oaky overtones and is considered a moderately dry medium-to-light bodied wine. Pair it with:

  • Poultry and duck
  • Lamb
  • Venison
  • Hearty fish, e.g., salmon, tuna
  • Ham, spicy pork
  • Sweet-salty marinades
  • Fruit-based sauces with berries or dried cherries
  • Spicy Asian and eastern Mediterranean dishes
  • Many cheeses

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is now grown in wine regions all over the world, including California, Chile, South Africa, northern Italy and Australia, and has become the signature white wine of New Zealand, where it features intense green citrus and berry fruit flavors. Pair it with:

  • Cheese (especially goat cheese)
  • Green vegetables (asparagus, zucchini, fresh peas, artichokes)
  • Salads
  • Oysters
  • Delicate fish, e.g., sole
  • Mild vinaigrettes
  • Dishes with tangy dairy ingredients
  • Pesto

Equipped with information about wine pairings from Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits, your meal should be impressive. Order the wine(s) of your choice from our online store, and we’ll deliver FREE of charge, or visit one of our convenient liquor stores on Island.