Takeout Food Pairings

April 28, 2020

wine takeout foodMany of us are wondering if our favourite places like restaurants and cafes will still be around once the COVID-19 pandemic finally releases its grip and we’re allowed to return to normal life.

To help make sure small and medium sized restaurant businesses in particular can bounce back after this downturn, Canadians are being asked to order takeout or delivery from their favourite local restaurants every Wednesday as a show of support.  

It’s being called Canada Takeout Day, and it’s meant to be a show of public and financial support to thousands of restaurant owners, chefs and employees in the food and culinary industry. 

Canada Takeout Day Pairings
To help make this a bit more fun, and to round out your Takeout Day meals, Co-op Wine Spirits Beer is providing pairing advice with some popular delivery, takeout or to-go meals.

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer Sommelier Manager Mike Roberts has selected some perfect pairings to sip with several popular takeout dishes. 

“Get in on Canada Takeout Day by celebrating the diversity of our beautiful country,” Roberts enthuses. “We all have our favourite takeout joint and we want to help you enjoy some great wine and tasty local food at your table.” 


vietnamese2Best Pairings with Vietnamese Food
Wondering what goes well with Vietnamese cuisine? Bun Cha is a classic Vietnamese grilled pork and noodle dish, often served with crispy spring rolls. 

Vermicelli noodles are light and delicate compared to flour noodles, providing an excellent vehicle for a layered dish of savoury flavours, salty umami and sultry spices.  Some fresh vegetables also provide a crunch, and the fish sauce, complexity. 

Roberts loves digging into a deep bowl of bun with a wine from one of his favourite regions.

“Keep your palate fresh and balanced with a little white wine from the Alsace area of France,” recommends Roberts. “Zinck Riesling, a bone-dry Riesling, has racy acidity and a lime-zest-pop that’ll keep you on your toes. The wine is equally complex showing all those wet stone and nectarine notes that Riesling is famous for!” 

With the Vietnamese classic Beef Pho noodle soup, Roberts likes another Alsatian wine.

“The Zinck Pinot Gris is another great pairing option with a rich flavourful and slightly sweet palate. It is a match made in heaven, as that little bit of sugar will make a nice match with the spice.”


chinese2Perfect Pours with Chinese Takeout
One of the most popular Chinese dishes in Calgary has to be Ginger Beef. The city lays claim to its invention, and it’s still one of the favourites when it comes to Chinese takeout. 

Roberts recommends a Gewurtztraminer. 

“‘We just call it ’Gewurz,’ and it’s always full flavoured, spicy, exotic and soft on the palate. It is well known for lower acid levels, and elevated sugar and alcohol making it a big mouthful of wine.” 

Pfaffenheim Gewurztraminer from France is a great option. If red wine is your jam, a fruity young Rioja like Campos Viejos is another tasty pick.  

“Serve this red wine chilled to enjoy its candied strawberry and red cherry notes,” recommends Roberts.


pizzaGrabbing some pie? Don’t forget the wine! 
Pizza night is a family favourite, and the battle over toppings can get heated. Fortunately, creating half-and-half pizzas is usually easy, so the adults and the kids all get something they like.

With a classic Margarita pizza, it’s best served alongside a Tuscan red, and Roberts thinks Roca delle Macie Chianti Classico will do the trick.  

Compliment a meat lovers pizza with an Australian Shiraz or a French Syrah. Going Hawaiian? Pineapple on pizza is very controversial, but your wine choice needn’t be.  

“Serving Hawaiian? You need to pour a Pinot Noir,” Roberts says. “The acid in the pineapple and those savoury ham bits will be perfectly aligned.” 

Greek or Mediterranean Pizza? Try a Greek wine!  

Boutari Grande Naoussa is an intense red that will knock your socks off!” 


sushiSips for Sushi 
Sushi’s delicate flavours and carefully matched ingredients require similarly careful pairings. Sushi is best served with a white wine or a rosé, according to Roberts. 

Whether your top choices are California rolls, spicy tuna cones, or a delicate salmon sashimi, your best bet is to choose a crisp, clean, dry or just off-dry style white.  Roberts suggests looking for lighter flavour profile and delicate high notes too. 

French Sauvignon Blanc like Sancerre, or a bone-dry Riesling from Clare Valley Australia, Alsace France, or even the Portuguese Gazela Vinho Verde would a great value option too!”


fried chickenFried Chicken Feast? Fan favourite wines…
Whether it’s the crispy-fried skin, the blends of spices, or the tender marinated chicken, fried chicken can be a complex and multilayered meal. Whether you prefer a fast food version, a local option, or Korean Friend chicken, there’s a fried chicken joint for everyone’s tastes and preferences.

“My first instinct is a big, rich and buttery Chardonnay!” Roberts insists. “The Bread n Butter Pinot Noir would also be good: that salty chicken and the vibrant cherry fruit notes would be a great pairing.” 

He also recommends an off-dry style of Pinot Gris would be fun with the saltiness, or a Monastrell from Spain.

“I’d like a more rich, silky wine style without too much tannin here—stay away from tannic wines with fried chicken. You could also pair a clean fresh, dry white. A Pinot Grigio would also be great palate cleanser—and refreshing!”


burger friesWhat to Serve with a Burger & Fries
When it comes to burgers and what to pour with them, Roberts has a strategy that goes deeper than just pairing red wine with red meat.

“I love to pair the wine to the toppings and the strongest flavours. It may be the cheese, particularly if it’s aged, or if it’s packed with flavour like a Blue cheese. You could also pair to your preferred mustard, horseradish, or BBQ sauce.” 

Roberts thinks a burger and fries is pretty casual so most any wine will do the trick. But he leans towards a more robust yet still dry-style Rosé.  

For some folks, burgers are meant to be eaten with a beer. If that’s your preference, try an ESB beer like Fullers ESB or Philips Blue Buck.


tacosIs it Taco Time?
Whether you prefer your Mexican mild, or five-alarm, most folks might lean towards serving it with a light Mexican beer. While you can’t go wrong with that, enjoying a glass of wine alongside is an unexpected treat. 

“A peppery wine with ripe fruit is important here. I’d look to Spain and Australia with with their hot climates that will provide ample wines with full, jammy fruit and spicy kicks. A California Zinfandel would be delicious with tacos too. Try the Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel,” Roberts enthuses.

So enjoy Canada Takeout Day each Wednesday, and try your next takeout dish with one of these wines from Co-op Wine Spirits Beer.

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For all the reasons you love BC, you’ll love BC wines.

As we explore all the different ways to toast Canada’s 150th, the wines of BC loom large, and for very good reasons.

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Pairing Food with Alberta Beer and Spirits

Pairing Food with Alberta Beer and Spirits

We’ve got the rolling prairies, the towering Rockies and a reputation for being the friendliest province in the country.

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Alberta Beers Close to Home

Alberta Beers Close to Home

150 years ago Canada had about 150 breweries, which meant Canada’s 3.5 million people had lots of options to celebrate the birth of our nation.

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So a cowboy walks into a bar and orders a semi-sweet rose…

So a cowboy walks into a bar and orders a semi-sweet rose…

How about something a little out of the ordinary to toast Canada’s 150th – wine from Alberta.

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Renew, Refresh and Revitalize in the Heat of Summer

Renew, Refresh and Revitalize in the Heat of Summer

When it comes to beating the heat of the summer we can rely on some tried, tested and trusted wine styles to keep our palates...

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Prairie Pairings

Prairie Pairings

When we think of the Prairies, we think rolling hills, miles upon miles of wheat, soybeans or corn blowing in the wind and a horizon...

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Great Western Brewing Company's Inspiring Past

Great Western Brewing Company's Inspiring Past

It’s a story of determination, camaraderie, and a serious love of brewing beer.

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Why Wayne Gretzky is a Natural for Our 150th All-Star Liquor Team

Why Wayne Gretzky is a Natural for Our 150th All-Star Liquor Team

In this year of celebrating 150 years of our great nation, we will pause and reflect on many things that make our nation great. Like hockey.

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Ontario Food and Drink Pairings

Ontario Food and Drink Pairings

For some, it's the de facto centre of the universe for Canada, but others cast a more wary eye on Ontario, which can often be...

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The Perfect Way to Celebrate Canada’s Birthday

The Perfect Way to Celebrate Canada’s Birthday

The perfect way to celebrate Canada’s birthday? With reds and whites of course.

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A Booming Brewing Industry

A Booming Brewing Industry

It's fair to say that the craft beer industry in North America has exploded over the past decade.

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Molson Canadian

Molson Canadian

Canadians have a great reputation both at home and abroad, as a peaceful nation, with a polite population (“sorry” for everything), hockey crazy, and beer loving.

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Vive la Quebec Libations

Vive la Quebec Libations

Quebec plays a starring role in Canada’s history (some of Canada’s earliest settlements were Quebec City in 1608, and Montreal in 1642).

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French Cuisine and Libations

French Cuisine and Libations

Some of the most famous 'Canadian' foods have their origins in La Belle Province.

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Toast the 150th with Brews Canada’s Founding Fathers May Have Sipped

Toast the 150th with Brews Canada’s Founding Fathers May Have Sipped

In 1867, Canada became a country with four provinces; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.

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A Toast to the Coast!

A Toast to the Coast!

When the world’s largest ice cubes float past your door each day, you might have a different outlook on life, and cocktails.

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Gather Your Friends and Throw a Ceilidh

Gather Your Friends and Throw a Ceilidh

There is a long-standing tradition on Canada's East Coast. When there's a celebration to be had, Maritimers throw a kitchen party or ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee).

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Let's Kick Off our Tour Across Canada with a Kitchen Party

Let's Kick Off our Tour Across Canada with a Kitchen Party

On July 1st Canada marks the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, where the British Colonies, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia joined in one Dominion.

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Craft Beer from Across the Globe

Craft Beer from Across the Globe

There’s no denying that craft beer has exploded in popularity over the past five years.

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Big Boots Brew Day

Big Boots Brew Day

Did you know that brewing beer was at one time a woman’s job, not a mans? In fact, in ancient Egypt beer was traditionally brewed...

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Co-op's Iron Sommelier

Co-op's Iron Sommelier

It's time to break out the bubbly at Co-op. Mike Roberts, Co-op's Sommelier Manager was the overall winner at the city's annual Iron Sommelier Competition,...

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Syrah or Shiraz great for the Grilling Season.

Syrah or Shiraz great for the Grilling Season.

Syrah or Shiraz great for the Grilling Season.

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The Voyage to Discover Spanish Wines

The Voyage to Discover Spanish Wines

Expansive, not Expensive!

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Taking Another Look at Beaujolais Wine

Taking Another Look at Beaujolais Wine

Taking Another Look as Beaujolais Wine

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Shades of Red

Shades of Red

WHAT CAN THE COLOUR OF YOUR WINE TELL YOU?

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Celebrating Over 300 Years of Chianti

Celebrating Over 300 Years of Chianti

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Wine Pairings with Your Turkey Dinner Feast

Wine Pairings with Your Turkey Dinner Feast

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Barolo, Revered as the Wine of Kings

Barolo, Revered as the Wine of Kings

KING OF WINES. WINE OF KINGS.

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Loire Valley

Loire Valley

LOIRE VALLEY

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Choosing the Right Stemware

Choosing the Right Stemware

CHOOSING THE RIGHT STEMWARE TO MAKE YOUR WINE SING

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Why the 'Sweetness' in Wine is Misunderstood

Why the 'Sweetness' in Wine is Misunderstood

Just like your mother always told you, “There are some words that are simply inappropriate to use.”

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What's Your Style

What's Your Style

What’s your style?

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Behind the Bubbles

Behind the Bubbles

POPPING THE CORK ON THE THREE WAYS TO CREATE SPARKLING WINE

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Alsace in Winter

Alsace in Winter

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Asparagus, Ice Cream and Wasabi, Oh My!

Asparagus, Ice Cream and Wasabi, Oh My!

Pairing with tricky food styles doesn't have to put a halt to a great food and wine experience.

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Quick and Easy Wine Pairing Tips

Quick and Easy Wine Pairing Tips

Are you feeling confused and mystified by all the "rules" of food and wine pairing? Let us help with our hints and tips.

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Discover the World of Gluten Free Beers

Discover the World of Gluten Free Beers

Gluten free has typically meant that beer was no longer an option.

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Stout to Lager: A Quick Guide to Beer Styles

Stout to Lager: A Quick Guide to Beer Styles

Confused about all the different types of beer? This is an easy guide to a couple of the common types.

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How to Pair With Beer

How to Pair With Beer

Learn a little bit more about how to cook and pair different foods with beer.

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Wine and Chocolate Pairings

Wine and Chocolate Pairings

Wine and chocolate can be paired together to create a perfect harmony in your mouth, but when pairing it is important to keep in mind...

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