Well I think it’s fair to say that we here at Doorstep Wines love a good glass of wine more than most things but, to bring out the best out of the whole wine drinking experience there is nothing better than pairing it with good food and even better company!
Below are a few simple tips to help you get the most out of your favourite tipple as well as a couple of our favourite match ups.
Tip #1 – Drink wines you like with food you like. Now this may sound an obvious tip but all too often I find people trying to match a big Malbec with a beautifully cooked steak even if they don’t really like red wine. Just because you are told something is a “perfect match” it doesn’t mean you have to stick to it. A well-rounded Chardonnay works incredibly well with steak but maybe don’t go for a sauce rich in flavour like peppercorn, if you are having white wine with a red meat dish keep the flavours simple where you can.
Tip #2 – Decide what is the most important part of the evening. If you are going out for a night of amazing food (remember those days!) or for those of you who can rustle something special up at home, then try and pick wines that won’t take away from the food. Having great food which is beautifully balanced and a wine which is full of complex flavours can sometimes mean they are competing against each other and you get the best out of neither.
If you have a bottle of something special that you have been waiting to ‘crack open’ then it is best to have it with a dish that lets the wine shine and vice versa.
Tip #3 – If in doubt, match the wine with the food traditionally from the region. A basic rule to help decide what wine to choose for this evening’s gastronomy is to quite simply look at where traditionally the food is famous.
Having Tapas with a Rioja will be an excellent fit, just like Italian wines in general go great with Italian food and Argentinian Malbec is perfect with red meats.
Tip #4 – Balance is key. If you are having foods such as fish with a creamy sauce then the acidity from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc like Taumata will cut through the fats in the creamy sauce perfectly. Spicy foods match up better with wines which are not too high in alcohol or tannin level as they can add fire to the flames. Look at trying something with a touch of sweetness like a Riesling or Gewurztraminer or even our new Organic Provence Rose from Roc des Segnuers.
(Below there is a table to help give you a guide as to what wines go with which foods.)
Tip #5 – Wine is the perfect ending to a meal. Traditionally a glass of port or dessert wine is the way to finish a meal but my personal preference is for either a big bold red to finish off the evening whilst badly attempting to put the world to rights or if you are a cheese fiend then wine is the ideal accompaniment. The La Marouette Sauvignon Blanc goes perfect with goats cheese and for harder cheese such as cheddar then you will be hard pressed to find a better end to a meal than the Three Thieves Chardonnay.
Tip #6 – Experiment. The best way to find out which wines you like and with which dishes is to try different variations and see what works best for you and your palate. It’s also a great excuse to try a variety of styles and explore the world of wine as much as possible. The thing I love about wine is – The more you drink the more you learn!