1. Consult your wine merchant
Your local wine merchant can recommend the best pairings for your menu and advise on when certain wines should be opened and which should be served from a carafe. Don’t be scared of unusual pairings - be adventurous. Remember, there is no general rule. Red wine could match fish depending on the recipe, e.g Matelotte. A dry white wine such as a Chardonnay is always good for an aperitif.