Everyone loves a good food & wine pairing. Become a pairing pro by following my easy tips on what and how to pair your next meal. The perfect dish with the perfect vino can really go a long way with those dinner party guests.
#1) Never say never. To become a master, an open mind is key. Expose yourself to all the styles and appellations of wine that you can. Keep in mind that even if you've had something you haven't enjoyed, every bottle is different. For instance, a Chardonnay can taste 50 different ways, so don't rule out a varietal based on one experience with it.
#2) Set a contrast in flavors. If you have a lean, North Coast Pinot Noir on the menu, try to pair it with something fatty like prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin and crunchy potatoes. The acidity in the wine is going to cleanse your palate of all that fat. Balance is key here.
#3) Parallel flavors. This is exactly what it sounds like, pairing two things with the same flavor profile. For instance:
- Light: Champagne and Oysters
- Bold: Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and a Bone-In Ribeye Steak