What food goes with what wine?

 The Reds 

Consider the following match ups for red wines:

Varietal Appetizers Main Course Dessert
Cabernet Sauvignon Carpacio, pungent (stinky) cheeses Beef, duck, lamb, lentils Dark and bittersweet chocolate
Merlot Antipasto, aged cheeses Veal, sausage, salmon, tuna, eggplant Raspberry, cherry or other dark berry desserts
Zinfandel Seared Ahi tuna, spicy chicken or beef satay Barbeque, tomato sauce, spicy sausage, duck and beef Dark berry desserts, carrot cake
Pinot Noir Creamy cheeses, pate's, roasted vegetables Veal, chicken, turkey, lean cuts of beef, lamb Berry tart, flourless chocolate cake, crème brulee
Syrah Bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, tampenade Ham, lamb, pasta with tomato sauce, pizza, barbeque Cherry pie, chocolate mousse

The Whites

Here are some pairing suggestions for white wines:

Varietal Appetizers Main Course Dessert
Chardonnay Scallops, crudite, hummus, mild cheeses Chicken, cream based sauces, pork and seafood Cheesecake, poached light fruit
Sauvignon Blanc Oysters, crab cakes, wild mushroom and goat cheese bruschetta Sea bass, lobster, langoustines, chicken, shrimp Sorbet, key lime pie, lemon meringue pie
Pinot Grigio Ceviche, ahi tuna tartare, antipasto Risotto, grilled chicken, lobster, white sauces, crab Petit fours, apple tart
Riesling Calamari, steamed clams, creamy chesses Roasted chicken, grilled pork, baked ham Light cakes, cream based pie, baked apples

Which are the Award Winners?

What are the staff favorites?

Beer, North Island Pilsner(Light), Raintree Amber Ale(Dark)
Red wine, Chilean Cabernet Malbec Carmenere

White wine, Australian Voignier Pinot Gris
Coolers, Craneberry, Lemonmade and Pina Colada
Ciders, Cross Bow, Peach and Black Berry

How do I get started?

Beer, Pay for your ingredients, pitch the yeast, in two weeks bottle the beer.
Wine, Pay for your ingredients, stir in the ingredients, pitch the yeast,  in 5 to 8 weeks bottle your wine.

How long does it take?

2 weeks for beer
5 to 8 weeks for wine
3 weeks for Cider
5 weeks for Coolers

Do I need to buy my Bottles from you?

We do not recommend commercail glass, screw top beer cider or cooler bottles. Wine you can either save your old bottles, or purchase new ones from us.



Phone the friendly staff at North Island Brewing in Campbell River, they will be happy to answer any questions you have.


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