We all have heard that the perfect wine and food combination can further enhance the dining experience. So what pairing should you keep in mind next time when you decide to have wine with your dinner?

Here are a few tips to help you through your dilemma and provide you with the perfect combination of wine and food for those special nights:

Less alcoholic wine with spicy food

Alcoholic content in a wine could enhance the oils in a spicy food making it more hot and uncomfortable to eat. For spicy food items, you should always pair it up with a less-alcoholic wine or a sweeter wine.

So if you are thinking of having some spicy Asian or Thai food for dinner, it would be better to stick with wines like off-dry German Riesling, Vouvrays, etc. This helps in countering the spicy flavor of the food with their sweetness.

Acidic wines with fatty food

Red meats like steaks, chops etc. have high-fat levels and so you should go for wines which have a tannin or acidic taste as the fat in the food will counter the bitter taste of the wine giving you a chance to taste other flavors in the wine.

After deciding which acidic wine you are going to use with your red meat, decide on the flavor which you would like to be accentuated once the bitter taste of your wine gets balanced with your food’s fat. You could go for some tangy or fruity flavor, but that’s completely up to you.

Dry Rose wine with cheesy food

Some wines pair well with some kind of cheese dishes while some red wines seem to go better with another kind of cheese dishes but it’s been noticed that Dry Rose seems to go with most of the cheesy food making it the ultimate wine to pair your cheese dishes with.

Dry Rose comprises of white wine’s bitterness and red wine’s fruity flavor which makes it a popular choice for most cheese dishes. So next time when you decide to serve wine with blue cheese, cheese sandwiches, etc., pair it with a bottle of Dry Rose and you should be good to go.

Sweeter wine for salty food

Sweet wines could provide a perfect balance to those salty snacks and enhance the taste of the food bringing out the hidden tangy flavor making it infinitely more delicious. Make sure you don’t pick a high alcoholic for your salty food else it will turn your food too strong and bitter to taste.

Sparkling wines such as Champagne and Spanish cava are perfect for salty foods like noodles etc. as they provide the food with a touch of sweetness and not let salinity overpower the taste of the wine.

Less flavored wines with sweet dishes

Choosing a sweet wine with a sweet dish might seem like a good idea if you want to end your dinner with a mushy sweet flavor. But if you want to make sure that you savor your wine and food properly without their taste blending with each other, then it is advisable to choose a wine which is less sweet than your dessert.

Madeira or Moscato are a few wines which pair well with sweet dishes without overwhelming your taste bud with sweetness.


See video below to know more about cooking with wine.

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