Introduction to Pairing Wine & Food

Pairing wine with food isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Especially if you’re not a regular wine drinker. It can even be difficult for those who are familiar with wine. Here we’re going to give you a few suggestions on the types of wines you should serve. Keep in mind there is no law that says you can’t serve a red wine with light delicate seafood. It’s all about preference in the end. Use this as a guide and it’ll help you along your wine tasting journey.

You’re having a BBQ. Most of your guests will be drinking beer while outside on the hot summer day. Though, you know a few people will want wine. What kind of wine should you serve at your barbecue? You can’t go wrong with Malbec wine. It’ll stand up to the spicy barbecue sauce without any problems. You’re guests will be sipping away and enjoying their meal. All while you try to sneak in some shade. After all, cooking out in the hot sun can leave a person feeling a bit lightheaded.

Everyone is trying to increase their Omega-3 fat intake these days. Fatty fish is great when paired with Chardonnay. You’ll notice that the flavor fits so perfectly well with fish. Are you eating a less fatty fish? You can still pair it with Chardonnay if you’re eating it with a rich sauce. You’ll need a wine that can stand toe to toe with the sauce. Which Chardonnay can do without any problems.

What do you do if the fish you’re eating isn’t fatty? You’re going to want to pour a glass of Pinot Grigio. This is a great wine that pairs well with light fish dishes. In fact, you can pair this with just about any light dish. This is one of those wines that won’t compete with the food you’re eating. Which is why you may even consider drinking it with chicken. It’s one of those wines you’ll drink more of at the dinner table.

Pinot Noir is a wine that many people have a difficulty pairing with food. Save this wine for foods that have an earthy umami flavor. This means you should pair it with anything that’s heavy on the mushrooms. Foods that have a dirt like taste pair well with Pinot Noir. That’s not the most attractive way of saying it. But, it gets the point across.

Wine should be fun. You shouldn’t feel all uptight when it comes to serving or drinking it. The best wine is always the wine you share with your loved ones. Wine drinking is a learning experience. You’ll find that you like to pair some foods with wines that others don’t. That’s okay. You can tell the quality of your life by the quality of wine you’re drinking. Go open a bottle of wine and share it. That’s what it’s made for.

Remember to live life uncorked!