Wine/Food and Wine Pairing
Wine has always been a drink to match with food. An ideal pairing of the wine's unique characteristics can help make a truly memorable meal.
Some examples of wine and food pairings include:
- Riesling with a spicy dish. The sweetness and acidity of the wine matches perfectly with the spice in the food.
- Hearty red, such as cabernet sauvignon with steak or lamb. Always a classic - the two are a classic combination.
- Sauvignon blanc with a fish; the clean taste of sauvignon blanc matches well with a simply prepared fish dish.
The following table will show some of the styles of wines, the styles attributes and finally a classic food match. The next section will describe additional matches that can be made for specific types of food.
|Sauvignon Blanc - Bordeaux White||Clean taste, moderate acidity||Simple Fish Dishes, as an aperitif|
|Cabernet Sauvignon - Hearty Red||Deep flavor, some tannins, ripe fruit||Roasted, grilled meat|
Cheese and wine
|Asiago||Cabernet Sauvigon, Merlot, Shiraz|
|Bleu||Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel|
|Brie||Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sparkling wine, Ice Wine|
|Cheddar||Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Shiraz|
|Gouda||Riesling, Beaujolais, Merlot, Zinfinadel|
|Gruyere||Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz|
|Monterey Jack||Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Beaujolais, Merlot|
|Parmigiano Reggiano||Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Carbet Sauvignon, merlot, Shiraz|
|Swiss||Sauvignon Blanc, Beaujolais, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir|
Generally, the stronger the cheese, the stronger the wine should be.