Discover our expert’s delicious wine pairings for any budget or eating style.
Whether you love cooking or prefer prepared foods, our wine expert and Raley’s Director of Alcohol & Beverage, Curtis Mann, put together some red and white wine pairings for however you eat.
La Caña Albariño (Vintage: 2016)
Crisp and light, this Spanish white is gently peachy and tropical with lingering minerality and a yellow apple finish that adds complexity and character. Sip it with a spicy dish, a Mexican recipe or flavorful rotisserie chicken. Or take your chef’s hat off and relax by pairing this wine with our Deli’s fresh, affordable and convenient Red Chicken Enchiladas.
Alpha Zeta Soave (Vintage: 2016)
Crisp and light, this Spanish white has a slight peach and tropical fruit taste with bright citrus and fresh apple flavors, and leaves behind an almond finish. While it’s lovely with seafood, it’s perfect pair is pork. Cool off while taking a load off by coupling this wine with our Deli’s freshly-prepared, time-saving Chile Verde Shredded Pork.
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi (Vintage: 2016)
From the coastal clay soils along the Adriatic Sea comes this whimsical white, bearing almond, citrus and peach notes, grounded with a lingering minerality. Its light, fruity flavor is a great match for a fresh green salad or an ocean-sourced meal. Or call it an easy night with a glass of this verdicchio and a new Shrimp and Kale Green Salad from our deli.
Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris (Vintage: 2016)
Light yet complex, this fruity and herbaceous white is grown in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Leading with sweet pear and melon, and balanced with tart lemon, notes of thyme and ginger linger on long after you sip. Marry it with a chicken or vegetarian dish, like our ready-to-go Teriyaki Tofu Entrée, available in our Deli if you’re too tired to prepare dinner tonight.
Clarendelle Bordeaux Blanc (Vintage: 2015)
This white wine from the famed region of Bordeaux is uncomplicated and light. It opens with peach and tropical fruit notes and has an herbaceous finish. Its bright fruitiness makes it a fresh pairing for vegetarian and shellfish dishes, as well as a crisp salad. Connoisseurs who don’t cook might enjoy it with our Deli’s Seafood Louis Salad.
Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc (Vintage: 2013)
Stone fruit, lime and floral notes make this light-bodied, refreshing dry white wine from New Zealand a great pairing for any seafood or salad dish. Surprisingly, it’s a great match for Mexican cuisine as well. Sip this sauvignon blanc with our Deli’s grab-and-go Southwest Chicken Green Salad for an uplifting combination that offers sophisticated flavor pairings without all the work.
Vidal-Fleury Ventoux (Vintage: 2015)
Sweet blueberry and tart cranberry notes mingle with spicy pepper and savory cumin in this affordable, Rhone-grown, full-bodied red. This Syrah-dominant profile pairs well with chicken or pork dishes. You can also wine and dine without the work with a ready-to-go Chicken Strips with Lemon Caper Sauce meal from our Deli.
Sobon Estate Amador County Barbera (Vintage: 2016)
A sweet and oaky blend of cherry, blueberry and vanilla notes, this California-grown, medium-bodied red has a toasty, lingering finish. A teriyaki or pasta dish are matches .made in heaven, but this wine’s versatility allows it to work with many foods. Skip the cooking and pair it with our ready-to-go Teriyaki Chicken Entrée meal from our Deli.
Heitlinger Pinot Noir (Vintage: 2015)
This inexpensive pinot noir from Baden, Germany is bright and balanced with notes of sweet strawberry, rich cherry and aromatic herbs. Its silky lightness blends nicely with a salmon dish. If you aren’t in the mood for cooking, we’d recommend pairing this wine with our ready-to-go Salmon with Lentils & Orzo meal from our Deli.
Roaring Meg Pinot Noir (Vintage: 2015)
This robust, rich red hails from New Zealand and delivers cherry, cola and espresso notes with an oaky and earthy finish. Enjoy it with a flavorful chicken or salmon dish. Better still, simplify your night with one of the deliciously tender ready-to-go Rotisserie Chickens available in our Deli.
Poliziano Rosso di Montepulciano (Vintage: 2016)
Full-bodied and full-flavored, this Tuscan Sangiovese is at first tart plum and sweet cherries, but then draws depth from earthy, leathery, balsamic and anise notes. Complex in flavor, we suggest pairing this red with teriyaki or pasta dishes. If you’re not in the mood to cook, try pairing this wine with our Deli’s convenient, fresh Chicken Alfredo with Vegetables.
Nine Hats Merlot (Vintage: 2014)
Derived from a network of family vineyards in Washington State, this merlot-dominant, decadent red hints at mocha, blueberry, cherries and nutmeg and leaves behind an earthy finish. Pairing perfectly with a pork-centric dish, this wine compliments our Deli’s Carnitas Burrito if you’re looking for a relaxing, indulgent evening sans dishes.