With Thanksgiving soon upon us, we often get a flurry of questions about wine pairings! So many flavors, sweet and savory come into the mix! Adding wine can make the majority of us feel out of our element. So we are breaking down the basics of pairing food and wine for you today, keeping it simple and straight forward, so you don’s break a sweat.
Pair by Intensity
We tend to throw around words like “full bodied” when we talk about wine with out really knowing what it is referring to. Think of a glass of wine like a glass of milk. Full bodied = Whole Milk or Cream. Light in body = skim. It refers to the fullness and intensity that the wine . So when you add in food, make sure that one doesn’t overpower the other. Pair a robust wine with a meal that showcases robust flavors. Crisp and lighter wines, tend to pair well with lighter dishes.
Sometimes Opposites Attract
Think yin and yang when it comes to pairing spicy or savory dishes. A slightly sweeter wine is the perfect balance. Alsatian Pinot Gris or a German Riesling can be the perfect partner to spicy Thai or Indian food - even if you don’t typically drink sweeter wine. It’s all about the balance.
Acid is Your Friend
Yeah, we know. Acid just doesn’t sound appealing, right? Oh but when it comes to matching food and wine, acid is what brings it all together! Wines with acid are great with foods higher in fat content. If you don’t have that acid, the wine will taste dull and flabby. Acid in wine is that little extra spunk that makes the food flavors pop.
Red Vs White Debate
Lots of debating going on in Uptown this week with the Democratic National Debate happening at Otterbein!
The red vs white wine debate should be a lot less heated. White wines (crisp, light whites, dry Rose or bubbles) tend to pair well with contrasting dishes. Heartier red wines tend to pair better with dishes that are similar in style. All in all, the most important thing is that you enjoy a wine you like, and keep an open mind. While you may be a tried and true red wine lover, be open to trying out a white or bubbly with your next meal. It can really open up a new world of wine for your palate.