Pairing Tips

5 Apple Dessert and Wine Pairings Perfect for Fall

Move over pumpkin, it’s apple’s time to shine! These 5 fall apple desserts and wine pairings are perfect for celebrating the changing season!

Wine and Pierogi Pairings For National Pierogi Day!

Today is National Pierogi Day! This Polish dumplings can be savory or sweet. Here are 7 wine and pierogi pairings to help you celebrate!

Freeform’s 31 Day of Halloween Wine Pairing Guide

Happy spooky season! Use this guide for 31 Halloween movie and wine pairings to get you ready for the season of spooks, ghost, and all things scary!

What’s Your Favorite Dessert + Wine Pairing?

What’s your favorite dessert and wine pairing? This week we asked the Glass Half Full Readers just that! Can you guess the #1 dessert and wine pairing?

9 Wines for Pumpkin Spice Lovers

Some call it fall, others call is pumpkin spice season! Here are 9 wines perfect for pumpkin spice lovers for when they trade in coffee for wine!

A Wine Pairing Guide for True Crime Lovers

Gather round, murderinos! These 9 wine and true crime pairings are the perfect way to enjoy the story and maybe even avoid the nightmares!

What’s Your Favorite Wine + Cheese Pairing?

This week we asked Glass Half Full reader what’s their favorite cheese and wine pairing? The results are in, the best wine and cheese pairing is…

Which Wine to Drink Based on Your Fall Starbucks Order

Happy PSL season! What’s your go-to fall Starbucks order? Here are 11 wines for coffee drinkers based on your favorite fall coffee order.

5 Healthy Weeknight Dinner + Wine Pairings That Taste Delicious

Weekdays are busy & it can be hard to come home and cook! Try these 5 healthy weeknight dinner and wine pairings from Hungryroot and Bright Cellars!

If You Like This Beer, Try This Wine

Are you a beer lover? Check out these wines for beer drinkers! The perfect alternatives when you want to switch up your drink of choice.

10 Ways to Pair Donuts and Wine

We all have sweet tooth cravings! Try these 10 donut and wine pairings to help curb your sweets cravings with a perfecly pair vino.

What’s Your Favorite Food + Wine Pairing?

This week we asked the Glass Half Full readers, what’s their favorite food + wine pairing? Which pairing do you think became #1?

6 Sushi and Wine Pairings

Here are 6 wine and sushi pairings to help you find the best wine for your sushi night! If you’re a red, white, or rosé lover, there’s a pairing for you!

How to Pair Wine with Fresh Herbs from Your Garden

You’ve worked hard on your garden, now don’t let those herbs go to waste! Check out these 9 wine and herb pairings for the perfect summer dinner.

Pairing Wine with Healthy Dips You Can Make at Home

We teamed up with Misfits Market to bring you the ultimate healthy homemade dip + wine pairing–perfect for a relaxing wine night!

What food + wine combo is hardest to pair?

Difficult food and wine pairings leave people stumped! We asked the Glass Half Full community which food + wine pairing is the hardest.

8 Wines to Try Based on Your Favorite Candy

Sometimes you have to give in to your sweet tooth! Use these 8 candy and wine pairings to find the perfect glass of vino for your favorite candy.

Wine Pairing Guide for Healthy Summer Vegetarian Food

Summer is the perfect time for light foods! Try these 10 vegetarian food and wine pairings perfect for dinner on summer nights.

9 Wine and Summer Pasta Pairings

Summertime pastas are light and yummy! You can even use your leftover garden herds and veggies. Here are 9 wines that go with summer pasta!

11 Fair Food and Wine Pairings

Food and wine pairings don’t have to be fancy! Try these 11 fair food and wine pairings that are just in time for summer fair season.

5 Wine Pairings for Your Summer Reading List

The summertime is meant for relaxing on the beach with a book! Use these 5 book and wine pairings to help you completely relax while you soak up the sun.

6 Tacos and Wine Pairings

We’re combing taco Tuesday and wine Wednesday with this wine and tacos pairing guide! These 6 taco and wine pairings are perfect for any day of the week.

8 Backyard Fireworks and Wine Pairings

We know the 4th is over, but we are sure you have some left-over fireworks. Use this backyard fireworks and wine pairings guide for a fun summer evening!

12 Wine and Ice Cream Pairings

Yup, wine and ice cream pairings! Isn’t being an adult kind of fun? Use these tips to pair your favorite ice cream with wine!

Chocolate and Wine Pairing Guide

Pairing chocolate and wine is no easy task! Make sure to use these chocolate and wine pairing tips next time you need a sweet boost with your wine.

Pairing S’mores and Wine: Our 11 Favorite Combinations

S’mores are the ultimate summertime treat! Step up your s’mores game with these 11 s’mores variations and wine pairings. Perfect for you next summer party!

9 Best Wines for Camping, the Beach, and Picnics

Need help finding your next favorite summer wine? These 9 best wines for camping, the beach, and picnics are perfect for all summer adventures.

How to Pair Wine with Seafood

The best wine for seafood isn’t always white! Use these guidelines for choosing the perfect wine to complement your favorite seafood.

The Best Wines for Father’s Day Based on Dad’s Personality

Looking for the perfect Father’s Day wine for you dad? Find the best match based on his personality: Is he overly proud? Adventurous? We know the best fit!

9 Perfect Wine and Summer Movie Pairings

Summer movies put you in a warm weather mood no matter the season. Find the best wine to pair with your favorite summer movies using this list!

9 Wine-focused Ways to Make Your Summer More Glamorous

Social distancing summer, here we come! Try out these 9 wine-focused ways to help make your summer more glamorous after months of quarantine.

Grill & Chill: Pairing Wine with Barbecue for Summer

Wine pairings don’t have to be fancy – pairing wine and barbecue is easy with these tips! No matter what you’re grilling, we’ve got a wine pairing for you.

10 Perfect Wine and Cupcake Pairings

Pairing wine and cupcakes can be challenging since there are so many flavor combinations. Use this guide to pair your favorite wines with cupcakes.

Pairing Wine with Cheese Curds

Cheese curds are amazing. And although typically eaten with beer, pairing wine and cheese curds together is a match made in ooey-gooey-cheesy heaven.

8 Wine Pairings for your Favorite Hummus Flavors

Hummus and wine is the perfect happy hour combo: It’s tasty, healthy, and pairing your wine with your favorite hummus is a cinch. Just use these tips!

How to Recreate a Parisian Wine Vacation at Home

Bored at home? Escape on a Parisian wine vacation without leaving your house using these tips! Taste the best food, wine, and culture Paris has to offer!

How to Pair Wine with Brunch

Planning a fabulous brunch but want to move beyond the basic mimosa? Use these tips and recipes to pair wine with brunch and make your meal extra special!

How to Pair Wine with Salsa and Guacamole

How to choose the perfect wine for Taco Tuesday? Use the salsa as your guide! These tips will help you perfectly pair wine with salsa and guacamole.

Pairing Wine with Spicy Food

Are you a wine lover who enjoys food that clears out your sinuses and makes your lips tingle? Then this guide to pairing wine with spicy food is for you.

The Best Wines to Pair With Chinese Food

Ordering lots of delivery right now? You’re not alone. Use this list of the best wines to pair with Chinese food to treat yourself and elevate your usual delivery order to something extra special.

How to Host an At-home Wine Tasting During Quarantine

Want to host your own at-home wine tasting during quarantine, either virtually with friends or at home with your partner? It’s super easy, use these tips!

The 6 Most Common Wine Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Are you guilty of making these mistakes? No judgement. Learn about the six most common wine mistakes and how to avoid them.

How to Pair Wine and Potato Chips

Great news, everybody: Wine and food pairings don’t need to be fancy! Make your next Netflix binge an elevated tasting experience by pairing your favorite wine with your favorite chip, using these tips.

How to Pair Your Girl Scout Cookies with Wine

Pair wine with your favorite Girl Scout Cookies to easily elevate your annual cookie experience from gorge-fest to relaxed indulgence.

Your Perfect Wine Pairing Guide for Valentine’s Dinner at Home

Going out for Valentine’s Day is amateur hour. Instead, impress your date with a special meal using this wine pairing guide for Valentine’s dinner at home.

How to Pair Your Food and Wine Like a Pro

Pairing food and wine can be intimidating, but don’t worry! It’s actually quite easy. Just use these simple tips to pair your food and wine like a pro.

8 Amazing Wine and Cheese Pairings

Pairing wine and cheese, while delicious, doesn’t have to be hard! Use these 8 amazing wine and cheese pairings and you’ll be an expert in no time!

Diet-friendly Wines for Keto, DASH, Paleo, and More

Looking for diet-friendly wines since you’re eating keto, DASH, or paleo? Look no further. Accomplish your healthy eating goals with a glass of these diet-friendly wines!

Holiday Survival Guide: Holiday Dessert Pairings

According to our friends at in their article called Which Wines Go Best with Thanksgiving Dinner?, “when you are pairing with a sweet dessert, you want the wine to be at least as sweet as the food.” Here are some awesome holiday dessert pairings that really validate the phrase “Eat Pie. Drink Wine. Be Thankful.” Apple…

#Winesday: Get to know Aglianico

Ciao, winos! There’s so much more to Italian vino than your go-to Pinot Grigio and Chianti in wicker baskets. Let’s talk about an ancient grape with an up-and-coming popularity on American wine lists: Aglianico.   Region     Aglianico (“alli-yawn-nico”) hails from the Campania, Basilicata and Puglia regions of Italy, the southern part of the…

The History of Cheese

If you’re fancy, you’ve probably been to a wine and cheese party. Or if you’re like us, you’ve probably poured a hefty glass of wine and rummaged through the cheese drawer in the fridge to dig up some string cheese to pair with your Friday-night-Netflix extravaganza. Either way, you know that wine and cheese make…

Your new go-to guide for wine & cheese pairings

While there certainly are a few wine and cheese pairings that have stood the test of time, most of the fun that comes from pairing wines and cheeses comes from the experimentation. With thousands of distinct wine varietals around the world, and an equally overwhelming number of unique cheeses, the options for pairings are seemingly…

Wine & Wings: A Pairing Guide

No matter if you crank up the heat or opt for the mild version, chicken wings are one of the most American foods out there (aside from burgers and brats of course). But all of these patriotic foods seem to always be served with beer. What’s with that? If you’re like us and you’ve always…

How to pair wine & chocolate

Here’s the thing. It’s frowned upon to eat an entire chocolate bar and drink a bottle of wine in one sitting. But at Glass Half Full, we just like to call that determination. The next time you’re running through the candy aisle, in search of the perfect chocolate bar that pairs best with your vino,…

Grilling Out on the Fourth

Burgers, brats and barbecue are essentials to any Fourth of July cookout (along with the fireworks of course). But even more essential? The beverages! While wine isn’t typically thought of as the go-to drink at warm weather get-togethers, the proper wine and food pairing can bring any grill out to the next level: MALBEC &…

Which Wine Matches Your Relationship?

You really do love the wine you’re with, but which wine matches your relationship? The Party People: Sparkling Wine Like sparkling wine itself, your relationship with your better half calls for a celebration. Sparkling wine is synonymous with parties and celebrations, and these happen to be your two favorite things to attend as a couple.…

#Winesday: National Popcorn Day Perfect Pairings

National Popcorn Day is January 19th! With sub-zero temps sweeping the states, consider this your perfect excuse for staying indoors and catching up on your favorite series (while celebrating a national holiday, of course). Grab the remote, settle in, and add these wine + popcorn pairings to your culinary bucket list: The classics: Buttered Popcorn…

#Winesday: Hibernating and Hosting

The holidays are here and we're looking forward to two of our favorite things: hosting get-togethers and cozying up indoors! Whether you're entertaining the masses or having a wine and cheese party for one, follow these simple guidelines for a delicious and eye-catching pairing experience.

#Winesday: 4 Hot Drinks to Ease That Winter Chill

It’s that time of year again. The temps have plummeted, the peppermint mochas are flowin’, and all of your coworkers’ desks are covered in tissues. Yep, we’re talking about: Flu Season. Nothing kills those changing-of-the-seasons vibes quite like your first yearly bout with the common cold. Fortunately, wine exists. And for the days when not…

#Winesday: Thanksgiving Mashups

We’re quickly approaching every food and wine lover’s favorite time of year! Whatever dish you’re contributing this Thanksgiving, pairing your wine with the key element or ingredient is a no-fail way to ensure a cornucopia of delicious flavors. Try out some of these classic recipe components paired with a few Bright Cellars favorites! Pumpkin +…

Pinot de Los Muertos: A Dazzling Drink for our Favorite Mexican Holiday

Día de los Muertos is fast approaching, and if you don’t know what that is you better buckle up and settle in, because it’s about to be your new favorite holiday. Día de los Muertos, Spanish for “Day of the Dead,” is a Mexican national holiday celebrated on November 1 and 2. Because Día de…

#Winesday: 6 Wines You Should Drink with These Hair-Raising Horror Films

Finally, the month of October has creeped its way back upon us. The leaves are changing colors and pumpkins carved by wholesome families are littering the lawns of cookie-cutter neighborhoods. Most importantly, introverts are finally at peace, resting comfortably, bundled in blanket burritos rather than wallowing in sweat-drenched clothes from the humid summer months. The…

Rags to Royale: The Kir Cocktail Story

If you’re looking for a sparkling beverage that’s as sophisticated as it is sweet, the Kir Royale will be your cup of tea (or in this case, wine). Originating in Burgundy, France around the 1940s, the Kir was a drink named after the World War II hero, Felix Kir. Felix was mayor of the French…

Hosting & Toasting: Your Holiday Wine Guide

The holidays are here and we’re looking forward to two of our favorite things: hosting get-togethers and cozying up indoors! Whether you’re entertaining the masses or having a wine and cheese party for one, follow these simple guidelines from Bright Cellars for a delicious and eye-catching pairing experience. Tip #1 For a great cheese selection,…

Hosting & Toasting: The Ultimate Wine & Cheese Pairing Guide

Whether you’re entertaining the masses or having a wine and cheese party for one, follow these simple guidelines from Bright Cellars for a delicious and eye-catching pairing experience. Pro-Tip: Instead of taking a trip to the wine aisle, take the Bright Cellars wine quiz and get matched with unique wines from all over the world! WINE…

#Winesday: Which wine should you pair with your favorite board game?

If there’s one thing the Bright Cellars crew loves (almost) as much as wine, its a little friendly competition. Take game night to the next level by pairing your favorite board game with its perfect wine match. Monopoly  Quinte Royale Jack of Spades Vermentino The game of Monopoly requires intense patience and focus. You’ll be…

Host with the Most: An easy guide to wine and cheese pairings

While there certainly are a few wine and cheese pairings that have stood the test of time, most of the fun that comes from pairing wines and cheeses is all in experimentation. With thousands of distinct wine varietals around the world, and an equally overwhelming number of unique cheeses, the options for pairings are seemingly…

#Winesday: Sipping Soulmates

Finding a good wine match for a beer-lover is all about pairing weight, texture, and flavor notes (like fruit, herbs, and earth). Follow our guidelines for discovering wine you'll love, based on your go-to brew.

#Winesday: Wine-ter is Here. What wine is your favorite GOT character?

If you’ve ever spent an evening (or a weekend, no judgement) binge watching Game of Thrones then you’ve definitely seen a sizable amount of wine consumed by the show’s characters. As avid fans of both Thrones and wine, we often pair our episodes with a nice chalice of vino. We watch the characters throw back…

We Just Found the Best Wine Pairing: Art and Wine

Have you ever wondered what wine would pair with your favorite art movement? Me neither, but I thought it’d be fun. Follow me through this quick art history lesson and enjoy some wine along the way. Da Vinci Mona Lisa 1503-1515 Renaissance & Muscat Blanc The Renaissance artists were drama kings. (Feminism wasn’t cool yet.)…

Why Does Rosé Taste So Damn Good?

As I slid into the booth at my favorite Milwaukee restaurant, I snatched up the wine menu. Scanning the list for the wine I wanted only took a few seconds. “Are we all good with a bottle of the rosé?” I asked the booth. Unsurprisingly, the answer was unanimous – yes, obvi. The waitress soon…

How to Chill Your 4 favorite Types of Wine

Now that we’ve sipped our way through the Fourth of July, it’s safe to say that summer is officially here. And boy, do we love it. Summer gives us a chance to show off our favorite bikini, try out that chic new sunhat we bought back in October and work on getting the perfect golden…

Drink Like the Spanish Do: The Kalimotxo

Surely you’ve heard of a little festival in Spain called San Fermín. A 427-year-old celebration of Basque culture, San Fermín attracts thousands of people to the small Spanish town of Pamplona. If San Fermín rings a bell, it’s probably for one big reason: El Encierro or “Running with the Bulls.” Yes, San Fermín is most…

Dear Sangiovese, Don’t Ever Change.

Picture this: you’re sitting on the veranda of an Italian villa. A cool breeze is blowing off the Mediterranean Sea. The sun is setting in the distance. You have a plate of authentic lasagne waiting to be devoured. Your wine glass is empty and you’re ready to drink as the Romans do, but what vino…

6 Bubbly Cocktails You Should Be Drinking This Weekend

Gather up your Sunday Brunch Squad. We’ve curated a list of our favorite fizzy cocktails, featuring three different types of bubbly: Champagne, Prosecco and Cava. Champagne French 75 (source: Bon Appétit) A chic French cocktail with a vintage vibe, this classic will take any basic brunch to the next level. Ingredients: (Makes 1 serving) 2…

4 Tips for Creating the Most Instagram-worthy Summer Wine & Cheese Party

#Summer is by far the most Instagram-able season, with its hashtag hitting over 251 million posts. This exceeds what the other three seasons have to their names combined. So when you have a get-together that consists of that Chardonnay bottle with the prettiest label in the store, a cheese board masterpiece and your closest friends,…

#Winesday: Keep it Cool

There’s nothing more refreshing than a cold glass of vino on a hot afternoon. If you find yourself reaching for a bottle that’s lukewarm on the counter…chillax! Check out our tips for quick-chilling your wine all summer long: Get Salty Place your wine in a bucket of ice, cold water and salt. Salt reduces the…

Real Pairings for Real People

When thinking of food and wine pairings, your first thought is likely the age-old Champagne and Caviar or Cabernet Sauvignon and Strip Steak au Poivre. No? Good, because those certainly aren’t our go-to’s. When we want to get down with an exceptional food and wine combo, we go for what we like to call “real…

Summertime Red Wines

You’re on a patio, the temperature is somewhere north of 80, you have a grill, some meat, and a bunch of empty glasses. What do you reach for? Frozen margaritas wouldn’t be wrong (frozen margs are never wrong), but we’re pouring juicy, chillable reds! Whites and rosés are often considered the go-to summer sippers, but…

#Winesday: Grape & Grill

Burgers, brats, and barbecue are all essential to a summer cookout. But even more essential? The beverages! While wine isn’t typically thought of as the go-to drink at warm weather get-togethers, the proper pairing can bring any grill-out to the next level: Malbec & Cabernet Sauvignon Pair with: steak, cheeseburgers   Why this works –…

#Winesday: How to Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day

At Bright Cellars, we’ll take any occasion to celebrate…but this one is especially gouda. It’s National Grilled Cheese Day! Turn on the stovetop, grab your favorite glass, and check out our 6 unique wine + grilled cheese pairings: Cheddar Bacon Grilled Cheese + Zinfandel Robust bacon and vibrant Zin, what more could you want in a…

Super Bowl Party Pairings

Whether you live and breathe football or just show up for the food, everyone can be a Super Bowl champion with these Super Bowl party pairings. Wondering about your best wine matches? Chicken Wings The best rivalries are between two strong opponents. Malbec and Shiraz are in the starting lineup when taking on a grilled…

Holiday Survival Guide: Christmas Cookie Pairings

It’s #NationalCookieDay! Because we’re in the holiday spirit here at Bright Cellars, we decided to put together a list of the ULTIMATE Christmas cookie pairings. (You’re welcome.)   Gingerbread & Riesling Riesling’s notes of sweetness are the perfect match for a spicy gingerbread cookie. The wine’s generally oily texture combines with the sharp ginger taste, creating a…

Holiday Survival Guide: Thanksgiving Food Pairings

Thanksgiving preparation is hard. And when my mom asked me what I was bringing to Thanksgiving dinner, I replied, “several bottles of wine that I’m not sharing with anyone else.” (She wasn’t thrilled.) So I did a little research to find the best and easiest Thanksgiving food wine pairings. Now she HAS to accept my contribution…

Perfect Pairings: Burgers and Wine

In honor of National Burger Day last week, here’s a list of the most perfect pairings for your favorite burger. (And it’s an excuse to have burgers and wine, like, every night.)   Malbec Fruitier, medium-bodied, bold reds are the best bet for an awesome pairing with beef. Wines that are more tannic, like Malbec,…

10 Tips to Pairing Wine with Food

Wine and food go together like a jacket potato and sour cream. Okay, maybe not like that, but wine and food have been paired together ever since its creation. People needed something to wash their cheese down with, duh. Although any type of wine can go with any type of food (red wine and pizza…