Are you faced with the task of planning a dinner party but don’t know what kind of wine to buy that can be appropriately paired with the food you’re offering? No need to fear. It really isn’t uncommon for many planning such a party to know what kind of wine should be served with beef, chicken, or seafood. These days, you can learn within minutes to know what goes with what at its most basic level just by going online. You can also spend more hours online researching specific types, or brands, of wines that are best suited with whatever type of beef or chicken dish you’re serving. Research time has been cut short just by having all this information at your fingertips. However, if you’re looking to have a brief rundown on how to match wines with certain kinds of foods, the following information should be helpful to you.
For many, including only certain types of wines at a dinner may at first appear as snobby and exclusive. At many dinners these days, wine and food pairings are really more recommendations. For example, it’s typical to serve red wine with a steak. However, if you don’t like red wine and would rather have white wine, you can make that choice. These days, you will find a variety of wines available at a dinner. If you, however, want to match a wine that is best suited for whatever main dish you’re serving, here are some basic rules to keep in mind.
At its basic level, a wine pairing is “red wine with meat, white wine with fish.” Although there are variations in the types of wine offered these days, the custom is still pretty much the same. These pairings go back a few centuries when wine was commonly part of a meal because water had to be conserved and wasn’t served with a meal. Red wine has been considered to have a heartier flavor that complements a beef dish without compromising the flavor of the meat or the wine. Fish, on the other hand, has a more delicate flavor and a white wine is preferred because red may overpower the flavor of the fish.
It should also be noted that not all red and white wines are the same. In such a case, it’s best to consult with a sommelier (or wine steward) on what a recommended pairing should be.