Try Pinot Noir
If you want a safe wine choice, make friends with Pinot Noir. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, a noted author of books and magazine articles about wine, says in her book, "Drink This: Wine Made Simple," that if you want to make wine pairing really easy, then always go with a Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is a red wine, but it has a light-medium body. It's sort of in the middle on the light white to heavy red spectrum, which helps it go with many foods.
Of course, not every Pinot Noir is the same. As with most wines, its body and flavor will vary depending on its region or age. Experiment with different Pinot Noirs if you want to widen your pairing choices. But when dining at a restaurant with limited wine offerings, for example, you're likely to be fine if you order a Pinot Noir.
Must of us don't want just to be safe, though. Read on for tips to consider when you're feeling more adventurous.