WINE AND FOOD PAIRING


Many topics deal with the right match between a particular wine and a particular food.

There are some basic principles to follow such as pairing white wine with white meat (seafood, fish, chicken) and red wine with red meat (beef, game, lamb…), but experimentation still remains the key.

Here we look at the basic dynamics of food & wine pairing. The most important phase for the wine food pairing is to consider the wine & food gustative characteristics: sweetness, acidity, spiciness, fruity,

tannic…

 

- How to find the good balance?

 

White wines are composed of a wide range of flavors and aromas from the acidity to the sweetness and the freshness to finesse.

A high acidic wine can perfectly pair with food that has the same acidity level. We can look for a goat’s cheese and Sauvignon Blanc or salad with a citrus vinaigrette with a crisp Riesling.

Semi-sweet and aromatic wines such as Riesling or Gewürztraminer go well with Asian seafood like sushi, sashimi with soya sauce.

A sweet wine is mostly serving with sweet food, a Sauternes from Bordeaux, Riesling from Germany or Tokaji from Hungary are the best match with sweet desserts. Always the wine must be sweeter than the food.

Dishes based on creamy sauce, Carbonara pasta, white meat with béchamel cream are balanced perfectly with the complexity of an oak Chardonnay from Burgundy or New Zealand.

From the old world to the new world, a large variety of red wines is produced.

Supple and fruity red wine like Pinot Noir, Merlot or Sangiovese are excellent to be paired with light and simple food, like Bolognaise pasta, pizza or kebab.

Spicy food is the most difficult to fit with wine; its intense aromas overwhelming it. For a pleasant mouth feel, look for a French or Australian Syrah or a Malbec from Argentina.

Strong and tannic red wines often made from either Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux, or Zinfandel from California, well pair with sophisticated dishes and strong red meats such as games.

For the most simple wine and food pairing, let’s serve a Champagne all along the dinner, and the match will be just perfect.