The Wine Guide for Beer Lovers

The Wine Guide for Beer Lovers

by McWilliam's Wines, 19 September 2017

Drink beer and don’t know where to even begin with wine? Check out this guide! Here are 12 popular styles of beer and their wine equivalents. 

If you like Lager, try Vermentino

Vermentinos are medium bodied, and often refreshing with natural acidity, much like a dry and crisp lager.

SHOP: Hanwood Estate 1913 Series Vermentino

If you like Cider, try Moscato

If you like your tart and fizzy Ciders, then sparkling moscato is right up your alley.

SHOP: Fruitwood Moscato

If you like IPA, try Sauvignon Blanc

Hoppy IPAs and grassy Sauvignon Blancs are both versatile, bright, bold and herbal, often featuring notes of citrus.

SHOP: McW 480 Tumbarumba Sauvignon Blanc

READ MORE: Wine & Chocolate Pairing

If you like Wheat Beer, try Chardonnay

Chardonnays, like Wheat Beer, are complex while still being smooth, light and refreshing.

SHOP: Single Vineyard Tumbarumba Chardonnay

If you like Pale Ale, try Pinot Noir

Pinot Noirs are earthy yet light, and like Pale Ales, are popular for being balanced and mellow.

SHOP: McW 660 Reserve Tumbarumba Pinot Noir

If you like Pilsner, try Pinot Grigio

A Pinot Grigio’s simultaneously sweet and spicy notes are reminiscent of a Pilsner’s strong hops and spiced profile.

SHOP: McW 480 Tumbarumba Pinot Grigio

READ MORE: The Best Wine for Burgers

If you like Amber/Red Ale, try Rosé

Rosés are characteristically full and sweet, so lovers of the malt centric Amber/Red Ale will feel right at home.

SHOP: On the Grapevine Rosé

If you like Belgium Ale, try Shiraz

Both Belgium Ales and fruit forward wines, like Shiraz, stand on their own, with a similar profile of big body, high alcohol and inherent sweetness.

SHOP: Off the Press Shiraz

If you like Doppelbock, try Merlot

Merlots have a characteristically smooth finish with a subtle chocolate flavour, making it an easy transition from the palatable and malty Doppelbock.

SHOP: Hanwood Estate Merlot

READ MORE: Wine & Cheese Pairing

If you like Porter, try Syrah

Both Porters and Syrahs are known for being powerful, dark and full bodied.

SHOP: McW 660 Reserve Canberra Syrah

If you like Stout, try Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark and full bodied wine with strong and layered fruit flavours; the red wine version of a bold and roasted malty stout.

SHOP: Single Vineyard Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon

If you like Barrel Aged, try Tawny

Tawnys are strong and jammy dessert wines, with flavours as in-your-face and textured as your favourite barrel aged beers.

SHOP: Show Reserve Rare Tawny

READ MORE: 4 Tips to Taste Wine Like a Pro

This is an edited version of a story that first appeared on Wine Country Gift Baskets.


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