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The Lazy Girl’s Guide on How to Pair Food and Wine

Ever want to just hang out with your besties and share a glass (or two) of wine, but you don’t know how to pair food and wine? Don’t beat yourself up. Until about five days ago, I couldn’t pair wine if my life depended on it. That doesn’t mean I don’t love a good pairing.


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Recently I was sent a variety case of Nakedwines to try out and I wanted to pair them all, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on fancy ingredients. I wanted to pair them with normal stuff in my fridge. Why? Because I’m lazy like that. I’m just too busy to make special trips. And honestly, my besties don’t care if I have goat cheese or lunch cheese. So how can you pair food and wine when you’re lazy AF?


I sat down with Rootstock & Vine’s Sommelier, Taurean Philpott to get the skinny on wine pairing for lazy girls. I’m talking mac and cheese and potato chips level lazy. He paired six different popular Naked Wines with comfort foods and I about fell off the chair drooling.


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As a wine enthusiast, I’ve turned down wine sampling exactly zero times. So, when asked me to test their product and learn about their business, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. is a customer-funded wine business that charges a $40 monthly investment to its members “Angels” which is then given to talented and independent winemakers.


Pretty cool right? I thought so.


In return for an “Angel’s” investment, they are given insider prices at 40%-60% off retail. And bonus, it shows up at your door! Since launching in the UK in 2008, Angels have helped invests in over 159 independent winemakers in 14 countries. That’s pretty remarkable if you ask me. And as it turns out, these wines are pretty fantastic. I mean, I blew through an entire case and loved every single drop. You can learn more about Nakedwines here and its mission here.


You can see why I was eager to try these wines right? Such a fantastic business model must be boasting some incredible wines. But I still had one problem, my complete and utter inability to pair food and wine. So I took a trip to one of my favourite local spots, Rootstock and Vine, and had a chat with their Sommelier and Wine Director, Taurean Philpott… over a glass of wine of course.


About Rootstock and Vine


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A fabulous white with Rootstock and Vines Hummus.


Rootstock and Vine is a locally owned wine and tapas restaurant in charming southern Downtown Woodstock, GA (just minutes from my home). Their focus is to provide a list of high-quality wines created from small family-owned vineyards around the world. Additionally, they host a wine tasting once a month and a wine pairing dinner once a month. They also have a huge live music program which includes a listening room once a month (Rootstock tracks) live acoustic music every Friday and Saturday evenings, and salsa night once a month. Check out all of Rootstock and Vine’s monthly events here.


They are always doing something fun!! With a slogan like “true to our roots” it’s evident that they are focused on their community while assisting in the healthy growth of the local economy and giving back! They even choose a community member every month to honor and recognize by creating a cocktail for them to sell in the bar and donate a portion of the proceeds to the charity of their choice. They really are more than a fantastic restaurant, they are fantastic people. If you want to know more about how to pair food and wine, stop by and talk to Taurean. He’s full of creative ideas when it comes to wine pairing! #truetoourroots


About Taurean Philpott


Taurean Philpott
Taurean Philpott


After being bitten by the wine bug 3 yrs ago, Taurean Philpott has been a dedicated student of the vine ever since. After a tenure at Murphy’s in Virginia Highlands as a wine consultant, he embarked on the task of taking complete control of the wine program at Rootstock and Vine in August of 2017. With a great love for wines that are naturally made, he has built a list consisting of the great regions but also highlighting the lesser-known areas such as the Jura, Finger Lakes, and even the Azores. As a student of wine, his next goal is the WSET3. 2017 also saw him compete in the Somm Smackdown with the Cochon 555 tour. A dedication to wines of place backed with an undying passion for wine education and the marriage that both bring to the dinner table, the journey is just beginning.


Check out Taurean’s lazy girl wine pairings with these delightful Naked Wines:


How to Pair Food and Wine – The Lazy Girl’s Way


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I love wine. Like, love, love. I am always finding an excuse to pour a glass. Many of my friends ask me how to pair food and wine because I’ve been fortunate to have experienced some exquisite wine pairings. From 5-star restaurants to world-class vineyards, I’ve had many moments where I thought, “how do they do this?”. While wine pairing seems like a difficult science, I’ve discovered that it doesn’t have to be. Believe it or not, you probably have items in your house right now that would pair swimmingly with these wines from



Cabernet Sauvignon – Matt Parish


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Cabernet Sauvignon – Matt Parish


Tastes like: This medium-bodied and low acidity Cab delivers a palette of blackberries, plum, figs, dried tobacco, spicy chai and mocha with a short dry finish.

Drink with: Perfect for chilling with your partner for a late-night junk food fest.

Pair with: Pizza, Taco Bell, and chocolate cake.


Malbec –  Sharon Weeks Cattoo Paso Robles Malbec


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Malbec –  Sharon Weeks Cattoo Paso Robles Malbec


Tastes like: After a 16-month sleep in French oak, this Malbec has proved to be a best seller and runs out of stock often. Despite its youth, it has a wonderful palette of fresh raspberries and blackberries with some red currant notes. After a fresh breath, it delivers notes including plum, cola, and oak. Expect a medium to full body with soft acidity.

Drink with: Perfect for late nights of movie watching with the family after dinner.

Pair with: Meatballs, hamburger, Mexican takeout, and tacos.


Sparkling Rosé – W. Donaldson


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Sparkling Rosé – W. Donaldson


Tastes like: The W. Donaldson is a robust yet elegant sparkling rosé made with a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. Harvested from the cold climate vineyards in Sonoma Valley, it’s the winner of the Double Gold at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition. Light bubbles carry a strawberry and peach palette, perfect for its dry finish.

Drink with: Invite your bestie over and open this bubbly when it’s time to celebrate!

Pair with: Potato chips, french fries, and fried chicken.


Chardonnay – Scott Peterson Rox


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Chardonnay – Scott Peterson Rox


Tastes like: Full of ripe fruits like pears, citrus and pineapple (like pina colada), nutty and woody with a balanced acidity. Its creamy yet balanced blend makes this Chardonnay a favorite on the Sonoma Coast.

Drink with: By yourself! Go ahead and take a break after a long day and enjoy the setting sun. No rules, just you and a wonderful glass of Chardonnay.

Pair with: Mac and cheese, ice cream, and banana pudding.


Pinot Gris – Scott Kelley


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Pinot Gris – Scott Kelley


Tastes like: A perfect summer wine straight from the red wine region of Oregon, this Pinot Gris is aromatic and floral with a light palette of soft citrus (grapefruit and lemon). Moderate acidity brings a medium finish of citrus and pear. It’s very smooth and refreshing.

Drink with: Perfect sip for hanging with your bestie by the pool and taking in the rays.

Pair with: Fruit, cheddar cheese, sesame chicken, and ice cream.


Sauvignon Blanc – Jacqueline Bahue


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Sauvignon Blanc – Jacqueline Bahue


Tastes like: A crisp and bright classic Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc that packs a kick of juicy pineapple, zesty lime, grapefruit, and lemongrass. It has a finish of medium-high acidity which makes it a perfect outdoor wine.

Drink with: Refreshing enough to enjoy in the garden or backyard with mom!

Pair with: Goat cheese, salad, and shrimp cocktail.


Don’t have time to read this entire article? You can watch the video here:


Everyone has their lazy moments. And if you’re anything like me, that’s the best time to pour some wine. So sit back, relax and don’t stress about how to pair food and wine. Use this lazy girl’s guide and pair your wines like a pro. For more information on and how you can become an Angel, check out their site with an inventory. And if you’re in the Woodstock, GA area, stop into Rootstock and Vine and meet Taurean. We’d love to pour you a glass!

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

39 thoughts on “The Lazy Girl’s Guide on How to Pair Food and Wine

  1. This is a great selection of wines, I happy to know more as I have little experience about them. Lovely post xx

  2. Wow! What a fantastic post! I love idea of complementing food with a particular wine. I shall be taking more time when choosing wine.

  3. I am utterly clueless about wine, I just know when I drink it it sends me a little loopy so I try to avoid it! This is so useful for when we have guests over!

  4. Before we had kids we use to go to wine tastings and pairings all the time.. then we stopped! Normally our wine drinking now means sitting on the sofa recovering from family life! I would like to get back into learning about new varieties again. We love naked wines and have been members for some time, I really like the idea of supporting new and smaller vineyards.

  5. I love each of the wine styles you have outlined here and totally agree with the pairings that have been suggested. Just a great quick reference to anyone not that experienced with wine and that would benefit from a starting point to appreciate the matching. Well done on doing the video as well. Lovely post.

  6. I am literally a lover of wine. I’ve always thought that wine pairing is a perplexing task. Cheers to you for helping people like us who always have the impulse to grab a bottle and relax on the couch. Thank you for such a useful and informative post.

  7. Pinning this! I love wine but I need to educate myself a bit more. Wine to your doorstep, though? I can get on board with that!

  8. This is a really interesting post indeed. I do not drink but I can appreciate that many people enjoy wine and pairing them up sounds like something wine lovers would really enjoy to learn about.

  9. This is a fabulous post because I really don’t know much about wine so I appreciate this! Now I will be prepared!

  10. Oh I needed this guide for sure! In my mind wine goes with everything lol And I’ve heard good thing about Naked Wines – I need to try them out!

    1. Same here! And it doesn’t go well haha! I love Naked Wines! What they’re doing to help independent vintners is awesome!

  11. I don’t know anything about wine cuz I don’t drink LOL but I have friends who enjoy a glass every so often.

  12. I think you made this guide for me! I love how easy you made it so easy to find the best pairings for the wine you love.

  13. So cool! I grew up in wine country on the Central Coast of California near Paso Robles, so wine has always been a love of mine. BUT, I never really found out how to pair. This is great!

  14. Such a great selection of wines! I don’t really know much about them, but they look awesome to pair with food and invite friends over!

  15. Honestly having wine that goes with tacos or banana pudding is more my cup of tea. Thanks for the realistic pairings.

  16. Brilliant! What a clever idea to pair wine with comfort food as you have done here. Plus, these wines sound awesome. Pour me a glass, please. I’ll be right over!

  17. It must have been exciting! I love the option to try lots of various products in one place and time. I don’t know about wine as don’t drink it but the idea sounds lovely!

  18. I’m totally clueless when it comes to wine pairings so this is such a handy post! And I love the pairings you’ve given, totally my kind of food.

  19. This guide is so good! I really dont knw how to pair wines with food but only my two fav wines. Def will keep this in mind!

  20. I love wine red or white and enjoy a sip once in a while. This post is supper handy if you’re having friends over or a special occasion 🙂

  21. I dont really like wine but i have never thought about pairing it before! Might make the meals more enjoyable thanks for sharing

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