What Wine to Drink with What
What wine to drink with what food can be very exciting to know about. Last week, we talked about a few rules for choosing the right wine pairing. Now here comes the most exciting part - picking the type of wine for your kind of food.
The rule of thumb says, white wines with white meats, fish and dishes with white or creamy sauces, and red wine for red meats and red or dark sauces.
The pairing rules are to make sure of perfectly combined acid, tannin and sugar components in the wine acting on food similar to the way food spices do. So learning what wine to drink with what food is not just how to pair wine, but why. When wine does not overpower taste in food, the blend brings out the best of both the food and wine.
It can be intimidating at first, but with a few suggestions, you will be able to pick the best wines whether for a dinner party, a special occasion, to finish your evening meals, or to put you to sleep. I drink red wine for the heart.
- For Fattier Dishes - beef steaks, hamburgers, and dishes with richer sauces -Full-bodied reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Châteauneuf, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Red Bordeaux, Sangiovese, Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel
- Most Pork Dishes - pork tenderloin, pork chops, pork roasted, pork barbeque, salami, cassoulet (pork usually goes with both red and white) -
Beaujolais, Barberra, light Red Burgundy, Shiraz, Zinfandel; if you prefer white, try Chablis, Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, Reisling
- Chicken, duck, turkey -Chardonnay, Chianti, Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz or lighter reds Barbera, Burgundy ; spicy chicken, Sauvignon Blanc, German Reislings, Shiraz
- Fish simply cooked or grilled - light medium-bodied whites Pinot Grigio, Chablis; we've many times enjoyed 7.5% Merlot with tuna
- Dark fish tuna, sashimi, salmon, swordfish, mackerel -Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Chianti, Reisling, Semillon, White Bordeaux; try Merlot
- Pasta in red sauce/ Ketchup - Chianti, Pinot Blanc, Zinfandel, Bordeaux
- Pasta in white sauce/ Bearnaise Sauce - Chardonnay, Chianti, Pinot Grigio, Viognier
- Shellfish (crab, oysters, lobster, prawn, shrimp) - crisp, acidic wines such as Champagne, Sparkling wine, Sauvignon Blanc
- Green salad, herb dishes, bitter and astringent foods like mixed bitter greens - Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Gruner Veltliner
- Pizza - Barbera, Chianti, Merlot, Zinfandel
- Cheese - Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel
- Chocolate, fruity, candy and creamy desserts - Cabernet Sauvignon, Port, Muscat, Sauternes, Madeira, Sherry, Baileys, Champagne, Reisling
Coffee blended with brandy (try Baileys) is a happy ending to a meal.
Can We Drink the Wine We Like for the Food We Love?
I'm not an expert, but I can say that 7.5% reds and whites go with almost every dish. Merlot is great from salad to pork barbecue, chicken, beef steaks, fish and even shrimps and tuna. Barbecue sauces complement the juicy tang of fruit in these wines.The mixed berry flavors have that tannin levels that pair fairly well with almost all kinds of food.
They don't go wrong even with ice-creams and cakes. All I can say is they will have you begging for more, lol. I'm talking of the 7.5 % alcohol Merlot and Zinfandel. If you're shrugging your shoulders, wondering what in the world I am talking about, don't worry, I'll write more about wine for us women, soon.
There may be an immense variety of red and white and few customary rules in pairing, the important thing is to enjoy the wine you like with the food that you like.
YES Everyone Can Afford Wine
Price is the first thing that comes to mind. The key to finding the best wine is by defining what you like and do not like. You buy something expensive and you don't like it means pouring money down the drain.
If you're like me, you too will say this with confidence, certainty and passion -- wine is not a status symbol, or should be a collector's item. In fact, there are thousands of great but inexpensive wines to choose from. The love for wine is about enjoying a meal with family and friends one bottle at a time. Perhaps, you can begin with Chardonnay?
Hope the suggestions help. Goodluck and enjoy!
A word of caution:
You should drink red wine in moderation; about 150 ml of red wine is an ideal serving. If you are suffering from any disease, you must consult a doctor before you start consuming any kind of wine.
Interesting to Read
- 7 Health Benefits of Drinking Red Wine
Don’t feel guilty the next time your order a bottle of a Shiraz or a Pinot Noir for your dinner date. It may actually prove to be good for your health.
- Should You Always Pair Red Wine with Meat and White Wine with Fish?
Find out if you should always pair red wine with meat and white wine with fish.
- Science Explains - Why Red Wine with Meat and White Wine with Fish
A team of Japanese scientists found the scientific reason for the rules of thumb about the pairing between wine and food.