A Quick Look at Excellent Wine Pairings for Michigan’s Most Popular Wild Game

Wine Pairings

With summer’s heat at full intensity, it’s the time of year where Michigan’s hunters begin looking forward to the various hunting seasons. But, after it’s all said and done, what’s the best way to present your catches? What are the best wine pairings for the state’s more popular meats like deer, rabbit, and bluegill? In today’s post, we’re going to take a look at a few popular game meats and – hopefully – point you in the right direction when it comes to wine pairing.


It’s not uncommon to hit the lake and return to shore with a chest crammed full of bluegill. One of the most common fish in Michigan, it’s also one of the most delicious when delicately breaded or prepared over a roaring campfire. When paired with a subdued white wine, the fish’s delicate flavor is amplified and complemented.


When you say “hunting” in Michigan, the immediate assumption is deer. One of the most cherished pastimes in the state, deer hunting is – in many cases – a family affair. Pairing venison can be difficult, as it requires a strong, full-bodied wine that won’t buckle beneath the richness of the meat. In most cases, a full-flavored red wine is recommended.


Less common than deer but no less delicious, rabbit is a slightly gamey meat that is most often utilized in stews. When thinking about wine pairings, consider the flavor profile of the other ingredients. If you’re going strong, a deep red wine will be the best option. If you’re going delicate, consider a subtle, fruity wine.

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