Impress the whole dinner table with your wine knowledge. Learn how to pair wine and food with these incredibly helpful info-graphic charts from Wine Folly!

Below are just a few entryways into the world of delicious food-and-drink combinations. All the details, options and variations wine comes in may seem like a lot to take in and impossible to master but with Umdlalo Lodge & Zizi’s Restaurant helping you, you’ll be a wine connoisseur in no time!

Wine and Food Pairing Chart 1

Wine and Food Pairing chart 2 basic-wine-pairing-chart


After taking a look at the chart, there are a few things that you’ll notice about pairing wine and food. Despite the common misconception that red wine and chocolate are best friends, this pairing is actually difficult to pull off. The bitter flavors in the chocolate multiply with bitter tannins in the wine, which makes the entire pairing taste too bitter.

White wines tend to pair better with lighter foods such as green veggies and fish but keep clear of red wine and fish for the most part unless it’s a rich not-so-fishy fish.

Sparkling wine pairs with a wide variety of foods because it acts as a palate cleanser, try it with dessert!

Now that you’ve gotten the basics of wine and food pairing from us, try it out the next opportunity you get. Send us your feedback and success stories by connecting with us and sharing your photos with the tag #UmdlaloLodge.

Based in Umtentweni on the KZN South Coast, Umdlalo Lodge is an upmarket Four-Star Guest Lodge with eight luxurious air conditioned en suite bedrooms plus a romantic honeymoon suite. We have flexible capability to host day conferences for up to 60 delegates. Zizi’s Restaurant, also a unique venue of taste, is located within the lodge. Completing the ‘all under one roof package’ is a fashionable Ladies Bar overlooking a substantial veranda with sea view.

For more information on our exquisite accommodation, delectable dishes and unbelievable function packages, please contact us (039) 695-0224 |

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