To artfully create an absolute wine and food pairing comes with both creativity and experience. A few combos are easy to understand and remember, while others need a little more detailing about the interaction of the
It may sound somewhat complex, but it really is pretty easy to make ideal pairings. Read on to
plan a perfect wine and dine tonight:
1. Wine and Cheese
Perhaps of the most loved culinary pleasures is cheese. And when you pair it
with wine? Voilà! Just keep in mind a few things like fat, texture, tannin and acidity.
- For Bloomy Cheese you can try Rabiola with Sparkling wine
- Hard Cheese like Gouda goes well with Merlot
- Cheddar is perfect with Cabernet Sauvignon.
- For people who love fresh cheese, try Mozzarella (did someone say pizza?) with Sauvignon Blanc or
- Goat Cheese with Chenin Blanc.
2. Wine and Beef, Lamb and Veal
For colder nights, who doesn’t like to toast and roast? When the menu is beef,
try pairing leaner cuts with medium boiled or light red wines. With experience you will know
how to match the intensity of the beef with your wine. When top sirloin beef stew is on the table,
go for something like Sangiovese. Fatty meats blend (try a filet) goes well with Cabernet.
When you are serving Lamb, pair it with lighter, more delicately flavoured wines. Pair lamb with
Malbec or Petit Verdot.
Try white and rosé wine with fresh veal or pork. Be careful when deciding your sauce for this
meat as veal takes on the flavor of the sauce. Enjoy it with lighter reds like Zinfandel or Pinot
3. Wine and Strawberries
You can pair a fruity Pinot Noir or a chilled Beaujolais with fresh strawberries. It tastes amazing!
Green strawberries are perfect with Sauvignon Blanc or Champagne with ripe strawberries
(favourite!). An exciting combo, it is a must try on a romantic date.
4. Wine and Chocolate
This exciting and rich combination, the bond of chocolate and wine is not unknown. Remember-
sweet with sweet and sweet with dry, both taste SO GOOD! Pair dark chocolates
with Vin Santo, sweeter ones with a dessert wine like port or sweet sherry. The combination of
dessert wines with sweet chocolates is adventurous! The intensity and weight should also be
considered. A bittersweet chocolate will work perfectly with a fruity, sparkling wine. Read more here
5. Wine and Mushrooms
For vegetarian wine lovers, go for Zindafel when sautéed field mushrooms are on the menu or
Tempranillo will taste great with mostly all mushroom delicacies.
Wine can be paired with more food options but these are our top favourites. It also depends what
YOU like! Top your favourite wine and food with candles, flowers, music and bon appétit!
Wines to enjoy tonight...
About the author:
Keira Wayne is a dynamic writer who has written articles and blog posts covering varied topics. She is an avid learner who is passionate, curious, and creative. An explorer at heart, she loves to try on whatever tickles her fancy.
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