Learn how to pair food with quality wine and surprise all your friends at your next dinner party, all the while enjoying a good glass of wine.
Pairing food and wine is actually far easier than it looks. It isn’t that difficult to learn and you don’t need to be a sommelier to achieve great results. All you need to do is follow certain rules to achieve the perfect balance of flavors.
The most important thing to remember is that wine is made up of a particular combination of flavors and aromas depending on the type of grape used to make it.
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Here are some tips on how to achieve great food and wine pairing:
- You must like the wine you intend to pair.
You should always choose a wine that you like, without adapting your taste to suit a particular wine just because it’s the in-thing.
- Wine takes precedence.
Don’t overpower the wine’s taste with the dish. Focus on the main features of the wine and the ones you want to bring out.
- Light wine should always be served before stronger wine.
Remember to always stick to this rule because if you do it the other way around, your palate will not be able to taste anything of the lighter wine.
- Be sure to balance the combination of flavors.
The palate is very sensitive to flavors. This is why wine with flavorful, rich aromas and tastes pairs beautifully with simple dishes. More complex dishes should always be accompanied by wines with simple flavors. This is also why it is important to bear in mind that strongly flavored food should never be paired with red wine that is high in tannins.
So, are you ready for the perfect pairing?