Pairing food and wine does not have to be intimidating. When pairing meats, and vegetables with wine, these are my super duper, easy peasy, tips to remember.
Don’t stick with what you know you like.
Food changes the taste of wine. This is one of the most beautiful things about wine. When you pair wine with food, wine will take on a totally different taste than if you drink it alone. It makes me frustrated when I hear people say they only drink white wine or they only drink red wine. There’s a whole world of wonderful wines out there! Try them! There’s a time and a place for every wine! Well, except for bad wine…life is too short for bad wine…which should be Tip 7!
The “White with Fish and Red With Beef ” is a rule to be ignored!
When I’m pairing wine with food, I never pay attention to the old rule, “White with fish, red with beef.” I do however, look to the sauce or the seasoning on the meat to direct me as to which wine I should pair it with. Tip 3 will help us match our seasonings to our wine.
Most people would instinctually match their food flavors with the flavors. I however; find that if you go opposite, you will have a much more interesting pairing. For example, I love a German Riesling with spicy Asian or Thai food. Inevitably, I get strange looks at dinner with my friends when I order the two together…but honestly the spicy and sweet contrast totally works….so stop looking at me like that….
This is really easy. If you’re eating Italian, drink Italian. If you’re eating French, drink French. I promise you…you almost can’t go wrong.
Don’t be afraid to order wines by the glass.
This is my favorite way to go. Skip the bottle. Go to the glasses section on the menu. Use my other tips to choose a glass to pair with the appetizer of your choice. Then choose another glass for your entree. You have just created a wine pairing meal that restaurants charge loads of extra money for.
When in doubt, go sparkling!
When I am really confused and don’t know what wine to choose, I go sparkling! In my opinion, there is no more versatile and more food friendly wine than a sparkling wine. It is not by accident that most appetizers and salads pair very well with sparkling wine. Sparkling wine makes a great aperitif and is a great way to wake up your palate. Plus, no matter what day it is, it always makes a meal feel extra special, when you hear that cork go pop!
There’s a whole world of wine out there! Get out there…get adventurous, and most of all, ENJOY!