12 Tips for the Best Food & Wine Pairings: A Cheat Sheet

2018-12-14T22:42:30-05:00December 16th, 2018|Wine|0 Comments

Author: Tracy-Lynne MacLellan

Figuring out what style of wine to drink with what you’re eating is often a daunting task. Here are a few helpful wine pairing tips to simplify your decision-making. When it comes to food and wine pairings, ultimately it’s personal preference, but these tips should make your dining experience a little better.

Your Food & Wine Pairing Cheat Sheet

The point of this food and wine pairing list is to enhance both the food and the wine so they show their very best flavours and textures. Your dining experience can go from good to outstanding if you follow these simple principles. Of course, ultimately, the choice is yours. Don’t let anyone tell you what to do!

 

Wine Pairing Tip #1: ACIDITY IS YOUR FRIEND

Acidity in wine mitigates the acidity in food which makes the flavour of both the food and the wine seem a little softer and sweeter.

 

Wine Pairing Tip #2: A PINCH OF SALT IS ALSO YOUR FRIEND

A little salt can make a grippy, tannic wine seem softer and smoother.

 

Wine Pairing Tip #3: UMAMI (SAVOURY) MAKES YOU BITTER

Avoid wine with high tannins or a lot of oak treatment or the flavours will be bitter.

 

Wine Pairing Tip #4: MATCH FLAVOUR INTENSITY

Balance is key. Don’t let the wine over-power the food or the food over-power the wine.

 

Wine Pairing Tip #5: IF IT GROWS TOGETHER, IT GOES TOGETHER

Try matching regional food with wines from that same region.

 

Wine Pairing Tip #6: PAIR LIKE WITH LIKE

Match flavours, body and texture to create harmony.

 

Wine Pairing Tip #7: OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Sometimes your best wine & food pairing is something totally off-the-wall. It might not be the safest bet, but it won’t be boring!

 

Wine Pairing Tip #8: FISH AND RED WINE IS JUST FINE

You can drink red wine with fish, but only if the wine’s acidity is high & the tannins are low.

 

Wine Pairing Tip #9: CHILI HEAT IS RISKY

Pair spicy foods with low alcohol, fruity wines that have mouthwatering acidity. Mouth-drying tannins and high alcohol in wines increases the burn from spicy foods.

 

Wine Pairing Tip #10: SAVE THE SWEET STUFF FOR DESSERT

When pairing wine with dessert, choose a wine that is just as sweet as your dessert – or even a little sweeter.

 

Wine Pairing Tip #11: WHEN IN DOUBT, CHOOSE CHAMPAGNE!

The acidity, effervescence and complex flavours of Champagne are all very food-friendly – and delicious!

 

Wine Pairing Tip #12: WHEN IT COMES TO RULES, THERE ARE NO RULES

Personal preference always prevails for pairings.

 

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