Food Wine Pairing Chart

There are some basic rules to successfully matching food and wine. The first and most important rule is this: always drink what you love. Another tip suggests you do not allow the wine to overwhelm the flavors of the food nor do you allow the food to take over the subtle flavor nuances of the wine. Here are some very basic guidelines to pairing your food perfectly with wine:

This sounds complicated, but it’s really very simple. When pairing up food and wine, start by matching the weight of the wine to the weight of the food. Heavier wines like Cabernet and Bordeaux should be paired with heavier (heartier) dishes. Light wines like Pinot Grigio and Riesling should be matched with lighter fare.

Sweet and spicy dishes accentuate the acidity, astringency and tannic qualities, often referred to as texture of any given wine. Foods high in acids or salt content, tend to dull the textures of wine, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What you’re looking for when pairing food and wine is a delicate balance between the flavors of the wine and the flavors of the food.

When matching textures of food with wine, think about what you want the wine to do to the food and vice versa. For example, if you want to bring out the tannins in a Cabernet Sauvignon, serve it with a sweeter or spicier dish. If you think the tannins in the Cab you plan on serving are too “big,” cut them down a bit by serving it with a dish that is a bit salty and bitter.



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  • Flavia Balas

    I think this topic is very important for each person because sooner or later all you us will be sitting at a table with a glass of wine in one hand and in the other one with a fork and a knife to eat. So, in such situations we should know what to orderer depending on the context, so I think that for all of us a basic lesson on how we should assorted the drinks with the food will be more then welcomed.

  • Alina Brovkina

    From my point of view the knowledge how to match the wine with food can be very useful for those who have no idea on how to do that. Because taste of wine can influence the taste of what do you eat and make it worth or even better.

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