Now Reading
Wine Craft: Mario Debunks Wine Pairing Myths

The Truth About Wine Pairing Myths

The internet always tells the truth.

Yeah, right.

We’ve all had the dubious joy of scouring the internet in search of interesting wine pairings only to find eight different websites listing the same couple answers that we already know – and the pairings aren’t all that delicious anyways. The real questions is why do these so-called classic pairings keep letting us down? And why, as wine experts, do we keep perpetuating these tired old myths instead of challenging the status NO (so to speak)?!

In this edition of Wine Craft, I’m demystifying four classic pairings, ditching the wine you think is right and replacing it with a better option (or several better options, in some cases). This is one time you can actually believe what you see on the internet!


Mario’s Picks:


  • Ribeye with Catena Alta Malbec, 2012 – $49: BUY ME
  • Filet Mignon and Bearnaise with Hess Select Chardonnay, 2014 – $11: BUY ME
  • Filet Mignon and Steak Sauce with Michael David Winery 6th Sense Syrah, 2013 – $16: BUY ME
  • Filet Mignon and Cajun Seasoning with Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel, 2014 – $23: BUY ME
  • Level 1 (mild) Pad Thai with Robert Weil Estate Riesling Kabinett, 2013 – $27: BUY ME
  • Level 3 (medium) Pad Thai with Buehler White Zinfandel, 2015 – $10: BUY ME
  • Level 5 (burning) Pad Thai and Desserts with Saracco Moscato, 2015 – $16 BUY ME


What’s your favorite classic food and wine pairing? Let us know in the comments.



– Mario

Mario Luna sommelier

Mario Luna is a Certified Sommelier and owner of Mario Luna Somm, a company dedicated to “Developing the Sommelier in You” through online wine courses, blogs, and other user-friendly content. He lives in Las Vegas where, in addition to working on the famous Las Vegas Strip, he serves as a consultant for large-scale wine events, specialty shops, and all kinds of wine tastings. You can contact Mario through or check out his online wine courses.




What's your reaction?
Loved It
Been There
About The Author
Wine Geo

Leave a Response