Wine Pairing: The Basics, Tips, And Common Mistakes

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or you just want to try new combinations of flavors, a glass of wine is always welcome at the table. It takes time to master the technique of matching wine and food, but it certainly pays off. In this blog, you’ll learn the basics about wine pairing.

So, are you ready to uncork your bottle?  

Mirroring And Contrasting

When it comes to wine pairing, you need to understand two important concepts: mirroring and contrasting. There’s no right or wrong here because it all depends on your personal taste. Every wine has a certain level of acidity that can be softened or accentuated when combined with certain types of food. Meals that contain dairy products usually go well with acidic wines because, together, their flavors contrast. On the other hand, you can also have a Chardonnay with lobster in cream sauce, which would be an example of mirroring.

How To Taste Wine

Wine is not like water: You can’t just swallow it, you have to taste it. According to sommeliers (wine experts), there are a few steps you should follow:

  • Look at the glass of wine and analyze color, opacity, and viscosity.
  • Smell the wine and try to identify aromas, like fruits and floral notes.
  • Taste the wine to assess flavor, texture, and length.
  • Think about what you like or dislike about the wine and what makes it unique.

Learning the right way to taste wine is vital to increase your chances of successful pairings with your favorite meals.

Tips And Common Mistakes

Wine pairing is not an exact science, which is great because part of the fun is trying pairings on your own. The world surely would be boring if we all had the same taste, right? However, if you don’t like the idea of trial and error, here are some tips:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon is excellent with juicy red meat. Those two together will make you love every bite!
  • Acidic wines, like a Sauvignon blanc, are even more delicious when accompanied by sour dishes.
  • A pinot noir will accentuate earthy flavors, like mushrooms and truffles.
  • Desserts and sweet wines create a delicious mirroring effect. Just make sure the wine is sweeter than your dessert, otherwise it might taste dull.
  • Sweet wines are also great with blue cheese. Put them together for a memorable experience.
  • Some red wines can be paired with fish and seafood. You don’t have to always choose a white wine.
  • You do you! Picking the food and the wine you like is more important than trying to find the perfect combination.

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