Pairing food with wine doesn’t have to be so daunting. The old school rules of red wine with meat and white wine with fish are good to go, but it needs a tad bit more finesse to achieve this like a pro. Here are some tips from Rib n Reef to choosing the perfect wine to go perfectly with the perfect dish.
Hip, Hip, Hurray for the Sweet and Salty
Sweet and salty is the most famous flavor combination in many food combinations we love. So it seems logical that the pairing works well with wine and food. Even when it is dry, sparkling wines such as the Nino Franco ‘Rustico’ Prosecco di Valdobbiadene has the sweetest touch of wine. The offset sweet notes in the sparkling wine should be relished with a salty snack or starter.
Complement the rich fish with Chardonnay
When relishing a rich and buttery seafood dish, a buttery Chardonnay is the perfect wine you can lay your hands on. The silky and smooth texture of a Chardonnay helps in bringing out the rich qualities of fresh seafood in a full bodied source.
Complement light and bright fish with bright wine
Light and delicate seafood dishes can be overdone with a heavy wine. Bring out the fresh feeling of a light seafood dish with a bright white wine such as the Trimbach ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris. When it comes to the seafood dishes with a tangy or a tart sauce, select a spirited wine such as the Silverado Vineyards’ ‘Miller Ranch’ Sauvignon Blanc.
Balance the sweet and spicy sauces with the bold red wines
When it comes to the dishes that come with a sweet and spicy sauce, select a bold red wine such as the Tikal Amorio Malbec. The spicy notes of these wines are the best to partner with any sweet and spicy dish.
Relish the earthy tones with Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is always on the lighter end of the red wine collection. This perfectly pairs with earthy dishes like stuffed mushrooms or the ribeye steak. A wine such as the Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir is an excellent table wine as it is full of savory flavor without being a heavy wine.
Sizzling steaks roots for the heavier wines
When it comes to eating steaks, you will always want to select a wine that has enough body and flavor to complement your dish. Go for Bordeaux or Cabernet Sauvignon for red meat dishes. When you balance the richness of the food, the tannins in the wines act as a palate cleanser between the bites.