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Wine and Food Pairing ¦ Learn how to match wine and Food.

Food and Wine Pairing at a dinner

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For the rest of us, mere mortals, choosing a wine to accompany food can be very daunting. Usually, the work is promptly passed on to the sommelier..

There are those who approach it scientifically and I have even heard of one who does it philosophically. Well, fret not. This list only calls for you to approach this affair sensibly, that is all.  

1. The first rule : never use a wine you won’t drink.

Use those that you like. It should take precedence over all considerations because chances are, you came up liking specific wine choices partly based from your own experience, cooking repertoire or the food you grew up with.

The span of time devoted in acquiring taste involve many trial and errors that finally led to a pleasant combination, hence, your preference.

 2. Wine pairing should be based on the basic tastes

We all have learned in school:

– sweet,

– salty,

– sour

– bitter.


1) Sweet food highlights sourness, bitterness and wine astringency;

2) Salty food, increases fruitiness and sweetness in food;

3) Bitter food will highlight the bitterness in wine;

4) Sourness in food tempers wine, making it sweeter.

Base your pairing from these principles and you will be safe. If you feel you can channel being adventurous and get out of the box, just make sure to try pairings beforehand. You would not want to ruin

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3. What others would call exceptions to the rule,

Well, I would like to treat it differently. In this instance, you may just think that there are food that goes extremely well with specific types of wine regardless of the general rule.

For example:  When there is bacon in a chicken dish, the rich velvety Pinot Noir complements it perfectly. This goes against the popular notion that wine should cleanse the palate after eating fatty food.

4. Remember that food and wine pairing = chemical reaction

That when combined, each emerge differently from their former selves. For example, Old World Wine tastes more fruity when drank with food. Without it, it tastes earthy and tart.

The lesson here is that do not rely on the taste of wine alone when deciding if it will match the food. You actually have to bring it together to know the outcome. Too late ? Maybe, but you’ll have learned a lesson.

5. Taste can be very subjective.

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What works for you may not work for others. Sometimes it is also quite cultural and people tend to have different acquired tastes on account of their ethnicity and where they grew up.

For example, at Wiine.Me when we organize tasting events, people tends to prefer cheap wines if they have no clue about the price. Once they know it, it’s a different story… But Taste is also a question of getting used to it, like a palate training.

So it wouldn’t hurt to ask around, especially if you are going to entertain and wine and dine your visitors. It will save you time, effort and it will, certainly, save your face afterwards.

Start learning wine and food pairing by eating all your basic weekly meals or dinners with a glass of wine, each time different, and take note of the best wine and food pairing match.


And you what is your best wine and food pair ?



This entry was posted on August 15, 2013 by in Uncategorized.
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