Your Easy Guide To Wine Pairing
You’ll be pleased to find out that, once you familiarize yourself with the basics, food and wine pairing is pretty easy. With our basic wine guide at hand, you’ll be a home sommelier in no time.
Food and wine pairing basics:
There are a 2 fundamental of ways of pairing:
Complementary wine pairings.
Finding a wine that has similar flavor profiles your food choice for example: Pair fatty foods with acidic wine.
Congruent wine pairings.
Finding a wine that balances the flavor profile of your meal choice for example: Finding a wine with a peppery profile with a pepper sauce dish.
Best wine pairing secret: pair your wine with the main flavor profile of your dish – spicy, salty, sweet, smoked or creamy.
What you’ll need to host a food and wine pairing at home:
From every day to fine dining, how to set the scene at home for a 5 star guest experience.
- A wine cooler for sparkling, white wine or Rose’.
- A stylish carafe for allowing red wine to air.
- An ice bucket for white wine or Rose’.
Best wine pairing secret: Only fill 1/3 of the glass, never to the top, the idea of bowl of a wine glass is create distance between your mouth, nose and the liquid to maximise the aromas.
5 wine pairing meal ideas.
Red meat like lamb or beef is perfectly paired with a bold red wine like: Pinotage, Syrah, and Malbec.
Tangy acidic tomato based dishes are perfectly paired with a medium red wine like: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Zinfandel.
Creamy coconut milk based sauces pair well with rich white wines like: Chardonnay, Viognier, and Muscat.
Pungent cheese pairs well with sweet white wines like: Chenin Blanc and Riesling.
Fish and mollusks pair well with sparkling wines like: Champagne, Sparkling Rose’, and Prosecco.
Best wine pairing secret: plate up tiny portions of each as sliders for a full wine tasting at home experience.
Wine pairing doesn’t need to be intimidating at all, in fact, experts advise to start with wines you absolutely love and food you absolutely love and you’ll soon see what works and what doesn’t