With no formal training on the matter, it can be difficult to choose the best wine to go with your meal. Understanding a little more about the wine itself will help right the wrong of struggle, and make you into a regular wine connoisseur.
A good night out can start with the perfect food and wine pairing, if you have the right information in your repertoire. Just make sure you keep your drinking responsible as DWIs are not fun. Start building knowledge now, and check out this brief look at some of the best ways to pair wine with food.
Merlot is a dark wine that has become a little less popular in recent years. However, Merlot is still a beautiful flavor. You can often pick out flavors like soft berry and grape, and you can find merlot with hints of juniper and eucalyptus.
Don’t pair merlot with chocolate, as you can end up getting a sour taste in your mouth. Merlot goes great with walnuts, steak, onions, berries, and even fondue.
Pinot Noir is a strange mixture of a wine. You will see pinot noir set cherry next to mushrooms and make it look good. It’s a weird juxtaposition of flavors and smells, as pinot noir is great paired with meat.
The flavor is bold. Pinot Noir pairs well with goat cheese, walnuts, salmon, figs, and strawberries. Plan a romantic picnic with your partner, and pack a snack of pinot noir and strawberries for an extra level of suave.
The style of chardonnay you choose to drink is important. Pairing a chardonnay wine with your food depends heavily upon the heartiness of the spirit. Try your chardonnay with chicken, pork, potatoes, or even apples.
Know whether or not the wine was aged in oak. The oak flavoring makes a huge difference as to what you choose to pair your chardonnay alongside. Once you get a taste for this, you’ll quickly discover more delicious pairings.
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular wine flavors in the nation. It’s bold flavors pair well with many traditional American dinner dishes, so you can safely order it while on a date to impress your partner. Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with cheddar cheese, walnuts, rib eye, and black cherries.
Rieslings are often not intended to be a sweet drink, but the U.S. has done a good job of latching on to one specific style of the wine. Rieslings originated in Europe as a drink with not very much sweetness.
Drink a sweet riesling with gouda cheese, pecans, smoked sausage, and apricots. If you’re having dessert, try pairing riesling with apple pie.