Wine and Food Pairings

15 Cardinal Rules for Great Wine and Food Pairings

A glass of wine goes well with a variety of dishes as well as complementing taste in some other dishes. Wine will also help you digest that salmon dish you just downed through your gut. But did you know there are rules explained by Healthy Food Nation, yes, rules on how you should match up food with wines?

Your favourite red wine might not be the best wine to mix with your spicy barbecue dishes which might cause the healthy food to be ‘unhealthy’. That is why someone somewhere decided to jot down some cardinal rules to help you know how to mix up your favourite foods with different types of wines.

Below are some of the cardinal rules.

1.      Champagne

If you love dry sparkling wines such as Spanish cava and champagne, then the best dishes that will go well with these wines should be salty. Dry sparkling wines are faintly sweet, which makes salty foods extra refreshing.

2.      Pinot Grigio

Delicate white wines add more flavour to light seafood. Wines such as Italian Pinot Grigio and Arneis and France’s Chablis will add more taste to a dish of tostada bites.

3.      Syrah

For very highly spiced up dishes go for a red wine that has several spicy notes such as Syrah, Cabernet Franc, or Xinomavro from Washington, France, and Greece respectively.

4.      Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir mixes well with earthy flavoured dishes such as mushrooms.

  1. Cabernet sauvignon

Go for this wine if your eating juicy red meats such as steaks and chops. It also refreshes your palate efficiently.

6.      Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc, Spain’s Verdejo, and Portugal’s Vinho Verde balance well with tangy foods such as scallops.

7.      Dry Rose

Dry rose wine is the best wine to mix with cheesy foods. It has both the fruity nature of red wine and the acidity of white wine.

8.      Malbec

Mixes up well with spiced barbecue sauces such as Asian barbecue sauce brushed on drumsticks. Cotes-du-Rhone and Shiraz are also excellent choices.

9.      Old World Wines

Go well with their equally old foods. For example, the old Tuscan wines mix well with the old Tuscan recipes.

10.  Rose Champagne

Like other sparkling wines, rose sparkling wines possess richness and flavour depth that combines with a variety of main dishes.

11.  Zinfandel

Mixes well with rich rustic dishes, mousses, terrines, and pates.

12.  Off-Dry Riesling

Many Rieslings have a slight sweetness which pairs well with sweet and spicy dishes. Vouvrays and Gewurztraminers are great alternatives.

13.  Gruner Veltliner

Go for this Austrian wine if you eat meals with a lot of fresh herbs. Vermentino from Italy and Spain’s Albarino also well with fresh herbs.

14.  Moscato d’Asti

This is a moderate, sweet sparkling wine that emphasizes the fruit in a dessert rather than the sugar.

15.  Chardonnay

Saucy and fatty fish such as salmon with lush sauce goes well with silky whites such as Chardonnay from Chile, Australia, and California.

If you follow these cardinal rules, you will get to know the types of wines that you should store in your wine rank. You will have a suitable glass of wine every dish and avoid an upset stomach that is usually caused by mixing foods with the wrong type of wine.

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