You want to learn about wine and food pairings but don’t have a clue where to start? Let’s dive into what makes a good pairing and some easy pairings for red and white wines.
How does wine pairing work? What makes a certain food and wine go together perfectly while another wine would be downright awful? You can find detailed information online and in wine apps, but here are some food and wine pairing basics so you can start learning today. Most people know that red wine goes with red meat, and white wine goes with lighter meats like fish or chicken. Now this may be true most of the time, but the more you learn about pairings, the more creative you can get and really impress your guests. Wine rules of thumb you want to keep in mind when pairing with foods is that there are two ways to pair, there is complementary and congruent. Keep your wine app handy so you can refer to both of these when your planning your next meal. Congruent means the food and the wine share the same taste component, like a creamy pasta dish with a creamy low acid wine. Complementary means that same creamy pasta, but with a zesty or bright acid wine. Not all dishes are as easy as one taste component so make sure you have a hand held ultimate wine pairing guide to help you with the more difficult pairings.
White wine can be so much fun to pair with food. If you normally prefer red wines, try classic wine pairings like a Chardonnay with roasted chicken. You might be surprised about how much you enjoy the wine, because of the food. If you enjoy a zesty and dry white wine then maybe you want to know what to eat with sauvignon blanc? Because Sauvignon blanc tends to have some herbal qualities like bell peppers or jalapeño as well as peach and lime flavors, this wine would be great with a Thai salad or Mexican spiced chicken. If you’re having a dinner party and want to pair the courses with different wines, then maybe you want to find good snacks to eat with white wine. There are many apps that will list thousands of great bite-sized snacks and cheeses and which white wine would go great. Having delicious drinks to match your dinner will not only impress your guests but will enhance the experience of the food and wine.
Now what is the best red wine for dinner? That question can be answered in so many ways. There’s great apps to guide you through a red wine food pairing chart to make deciding a whole lot easier and let you focus on cooking. Classic pairings like Cabernet and pepper steak are truly simple and decadent, while pairing a Gamay with smoked trout is intriguing and a little adventurous. A good rule of thumb is that red wines are inherently bitter because of tannins, so keep that in mind when you are formulating what dish you want to create to go with that really nice bottle of Burgundy you have been waiting to open. If you want wine and appetizer pairings that both red and white wine lovers can enjoy, have an assortment of snacks like shrimp cocktail for white and a rich creamy cheese fondue for red. With the right application and some inspiration, you can have fun with friends and enjoy some memorable pairing dinners.
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