It has always been a talking point when it comes to pairing wines and food and it has often been difficult for people to choose the right food. While there are no rules to follow a specific dish that will fit perfectly with the wine you choose. It completely depends on one's personal choice. However, there are some guidelines which will help you pair the right food with your wine so that you enjoy your drink and the food as well without spoiling your party mood!
Cheese and wine are considered to be a classic combination. However, not all wine types goes fine with cheese. Often red wines are chosen to pair with cheese but the saltiness present in the cheese makes for a bitter taste with the red wines. This might just play badly with your taste buds.
Though some reds which are lighter or has been aged for a longer period of time might make a great pair with cheese but white wines are believed to be a better combination with cheese.
Okay, Chicken has to be on the list of favorites for most people and the good thing is that either of the wine - red or white goes perfectly with chicken.
Chicken being a light meat goes well with white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. Red wines are better off with medium bodied red wines like Pinot Noir or Zinfandel.
As varied the wines are, chicken is also prepared in different styles, with different ingredients coming into play for different chicken dishes. So, that ingredients also have a vital role in deciding the type of wine you will select with a dish.
3. Fish and Shellfish
If you love salmon, mackerel, swordfish, monkfish and tuna then pairing them with white wines might be the best idea.
Baked Salmon goes best with Pinot Noir. White wine pairing with salmon works together very well, as both are medium weighed and the flavor just becomes richer as grilled salmon does tends to becomes a bit oaky in flavor which is also found in wine.
If lobster is in your list and you are preparing lobster in a butter-based sauce, the best wine that pairs with lobster is Chardonnay. If you love oysters, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé will go well with it.
Barbecue is perhaps the most loved dish. Barbecue is generally quite spicy and pairing it with an equally intense wine should be the best combination. Zinfandel, especially the Red Zinfandel should be the perfect match as it gives that series of taste, which starts with fruitiness followed by a spice and bold flavor.