Our Guide to Beverage & Food Pairing at 335 on the Ridge

May 18, 2023

Welcome to 335 on the Ridge, your destination for the best dining experience in Ridgeway, Ontario. We're proud to be recognized as one of the top Niagara wine restaurants, offering an ever-evolving menu paired with a wide array of local and international wines. Today, we're sharing our guide to beverage and food pairing, designed to enhance your dining experience with us.

Exquisite Food at 335 on the Ridge

Our menu is always changing to bring you fresh, seasonal dishes with unique flavors. Whether you're looking for light starters, hearty mains, or indulgent pizzas, we've got you covered.

Start your dining experience with our fresh Bread Service or the Hand-Cut Fries, then move on to our delicious salads such as the Falafel Salad or Caesar Salad. We offer a variety of pizzas, including our RW Pizza or the Prosciutto Pizza for those with a love for Italian flavors.

For the main course, consider trying our Top Sirloin, Seared Duck Breast or our unique 335 Classic Burger. Check out our menu for the latest offerings.

The Science of Beverage & Food Pairing

The art and science of food and beverage pairing revolves around the principle of balance. When you pair a meal with a suitable beverage, the goal is to achieve harmony between the flavors, thereby enhancing the dining experience. This balance can be reached through complementing or contrasting the tastes and aromas found in both the food and drink.

For instance, a rich, fatty dish can be cut through with a beverage high in acidity, such as a crisp white wine. This contrast helps to reset your palate, making each bite taste as exciting as the first. On the other hand, pairing like flavors—like a creamy pasta dish with a buttery Chardonnay—can also enhance the dining experience by reinforcing the flavors.

Red Wine Pairings

Red wines are known for their tannins—a compound that creates a dry, puckering sensation in the mouth. These tannins can help cleanse your palate, especially when consuming rich, fatty dishes. This is why full-bodied red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbaresco pair exceptionally well with dishes like our Beef Tenderloin and Top Sirloin.

At 335 on the Ridge, we boast an extensive selection of red wines that complement our dishes beautifully.

  • Barbaresco: Our Barbaresco, known for its tannic structure and pronounced acidity, pairs exceptionally well with our Top Sirloin.
  • Montepulciano: This robust red wine is a perfect match for our Meatball Margherita Pizza, enhancing the hearty flavors of the meatballs.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: Consider pairing this rich, full-bodied wine with our Beef Tenderloin for an unforgettable dining experience.

Check out our menu to discover more red wine pairings.

White Wine Pairings

White wines are typically higher in acidity, which can help balance out a dish with heavy, creamy, or fatty components. For instance, our Chardonnay, with its bright acidity, can cut through the richness of our Seafood Pasta, allowing you to enjoy the full spectrum of its flavors.

Our selection of white wines provides a refreshing counterpart to many of our dishes.

  • Chardonnay: This wine's bright acidity and notes of apple and pear harmonize wonderfully with our Seafood Pasta.
  • Sauvignon Blanc: A glass of our crisp Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect complement to our Arugula & Potato Salad.
  • Gewurztraminer: With its characteristic lychee aroma and slight sweetness, our Gewurztraminer pairs excellently with our Jalapeño Flatbread.

Discover more delightful white wine pairings on our menu.

Sparkling Wine & Rose Pairings

Sparkling wines and rosés often bring both acidity and a touch of sweetness to the table, making them highly versatile for pairing. Our Prosecco's effervescence and Insaciable Garnacha Rosé's light fruit notes can enhance the freshness of salads and antipastos.

Sparkling wines and rosés can bring an exciting twist to your food pairing experience.

  • Prosecco: Our light and effervescent Prosecco pairs beautifully with our Classic Caesar Salad, enhancing its crisp freshness.
  • Insaciable Garnacha Rosé: This rosé, known for its strawberry and raspberry notes, is a delightful match for our Burrata Antipasto.

Explore more sparkling wine and rosé pairings on our menu.

Cocktail Pairings

Cocktails present a unique pairing opportunity because their flavors can be fine-tuned with a variety of spirits, liqueurs, and mixers. For instance, the sweetness and acidity in our Spicy Pineapple Margarita can both contrast and complement the flavors in our Caribbean Fish Taco, providing a well-rounded flavor experience.

Our hand-crafted cocktails provide another exciting dimension to our food and beverage pairing.

  • Bourbon Manhattan: This cocktail's notes of sweet vermouth and bitters enhance the flavors of our Wilkinson Burger.
  • Spicy Pineapple Margarita: Try this cocktail with our Caribbean Fish Taco. The sweet and spicy profile of the cocktail complements the taco's flavors perfectly.
  • Gin Ruby: This refreshing cocktail with botanical notes pairs well with our Bianca Fungi Flatbread.

Check out our full range of cocktail pairings on our menu.

Beer and Cider Pairings

Beers and ciders have a broad range of flavors—from bitter to sweet, light to dark—that can complement or contrast with many dishes. The bitterness of our High Grade IPA contrasts well with the spicy and cheesy notes of our Spicy Sage Pizza, while our local cider's crispness harmonizes with the salty and savory Fried Chicken Sandwich.

We also offer an impressive selection of beers and ciders that can enhance your meal.

  • High Grade IPA: This full-flavored IPA pairs wonderfully with our Spicy Sage Pizza, balancing the dish's robust flavors.
  • Oast House Barn Raiser: Our on-tap Oast House Barn Raiser is a refreshing companion to our Anthony's Beet Burger.
  • Local Cider: Try our crisp local cider with our Fried Chicken Sandwich for a well-balanced pairing.

Discover more about our beer and cider pairings on our menu.

A Toast to Great Food and Beverages

We at 335 on the Ridge, strive to bring you a dining experience that goes beyond your expectations. Whether you're a wine enthusiast, a cocktail lover, or simply someone who appreciates good food and beverages, we look forward to welcoming you and helping you discover your perfect pairing.

Remember to check out our events and catering service page for special occasions and leave a review after your visit.

To a memorable culinary journey at 335 on the Ridge, cheers!