Saturday, June 16, 2012

How To Match Food and Wine

 

How To Match Food with Wine

 

A good bottle of wine is enjoyable in itself, but match it with the proper food pairing and it transforms into an unforgettable dining experience. Choosing wine can feel like a daunting task so follow these simple guidelines to properly pair food with your next bottle of wine.

Matching Food With Wine

Matching Food With Wine

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Match the color of the meat with the color of the wine
This is a basic rule of thumb with plenty of exceptions but for someone new to the world of wine, this is a great guideline to help you choose the correct wine for the food you are eating.

   
Match the flavor strength
The stronger and richer the food is, the stronger and richer the wine should be. If the wine is too mild it will be over powered by the food. For example if you are eating a steak with a heavy sauce, a bold wine like a Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon would stand up well to the dish. On the other hand, if you are eating a salad or light seafood dish, a Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc would pair well.

   
Dessert Wine
A dessert wine is usually a sweet wine with a high alcohol concentration. It pairs well with fresh fruit or other light desserts like bakery sweets. Desserts that have a slight bitterness to them also pair well with the sweetness of a dessert wine as well. But keep in mind dessert wine pairs less well with heavier, chocolate or toffee based dishes.

   

 

 

Wine and Food

Wine and Food

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Pick something you like
When in doubt about what wine to choose, just pick one that you like.

   
Do your research
There is plenty to read about wine online. You can easily read up on the different types of wine, what they taste like, and the different wine producing regions. Within each bottle of wine are the unique flavors of the vineyard and the region it came from. Wine tastings can be a great way to sample the different flavors from around the world. Use wine tastings to discover a few wines that you like. Better yet, discover a couple of regions whose wine you enjoy. This way no matter how extensive or limited the wine selection is you will always have a good idea of what you can expect from a wine from a specific region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you have it, a simple guide to choosing wine. The bottom line is to let your taste preferences rule and simply use these tips as guidelines.

 

 

 

 

The article was written by ezCater.com. Visit ezCater.com to read reviews, view menus, and order Boston catering online.