How to Pair Wine with Food: The Basics

by Rhonda Turner

Wine pairing is the art and science of matching wines with food to enhance both flavors. The right pairing can elevate a meal, bringing out the best in the food and the wine. But how do you know which wine to pair with which food? Armed with some background knowledge, experimenting – trial and error – is the best way to learn how to pair wine with your favorite food.

Basics of Wine Tasting
Before pairing wine with food, let’s look at the steps to taste wine properly.

Food and Wine Pairings

Wine pairing is a complex and nuanced art. When done correctly, wine pairing can elevate a meal to new heights, bringing out the best in the dish and the wine. When pairing wine with food, there are several factors to consider. In no particular order, here are the most important ones.

Common Wines
With a firm understanding of wine pairing basics, let’s look at some general pairings.

Sometimes, finding the perfect wine and food combination proves challenging, especially with daily food. Start with general suggestions – branching out depending on your taste and budget.

Wine pairing is an essential part of any meal. Whether grabbing a grilled hamburger, fresh crab salad, or indulging in a triple-layer chocolate mouse cake, the right wine can enhance the flavor — bringing out subtle tastes and textures. And while there is a definite science behind pairing, some partnerships are broad-based suggestions. Tastes are fluid, and wine is somewhat subjective, so experiment and enjoy.

 



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