Wine Pairing Chart
An Overview on Food and Wine Combos
Wine pairing with food can seem like a fine art. When you use our wine pairing chart in this article, you’ll see why. Experts are always telling you about good and bad pairings right? They’ll spout off fancy pairings with manchego, havarti or swiss cheeses, turkey, chocolate, lamb, chicken, pork, snapper, peking (Chinese), confit of duck, and so on. You get the point.
Don’t let this alarm you. It can be VERY overwhelming for anyone, not just beginners!
Many people who aren’t experts but enjoy a good glass of wine get a bit unsettled when they hear about these opinions, but they’re really simple to follow. Like most things in life, there’s a “rule” about how things like this work. You just organize the wine by types and match them according to texture, body, moisture and other elements.
We know this may still sound confusing. That’s why we decided to analyze how to pair reds, whites, desserts and more. We’ve put all this in a stupid easy chart that should simplify things for you. If this sounds interesting to you, go ahead and read more about it right here.
What are some of the best wine pairings around? What wine pairs can you pull off that surprise that wine connoisseur you’re having over as a guest at your next meal, or that will impress your friends or special interest when talking about wine? You can pretend to seemingly pull this out of the blue.
If you want to learn about some “sets” that work well together in order to try them, or just to impress that special someone, then read the guide below. Simply put, dry white wine is at the end of the spectrum while dessert wine is at the other. To get the wines that match with the most dishes, you’ll have to go to the middle of said spectrum, where you’ll find wines like Sparkling and Medium Reds.
Sparkling wine is good with salmon, vegetables, pizza, while medium reds are a good match for a menu based on steak, ham, lasagna, and other meats & cured meats. But please refer to our infographic. It lays everything out in very simply terms!
Wine and Cheese Pairing
Soft and Hard Cheeses – How Do They Pair?
So you’re at Thanksgiving, and a guest has just returned from his trip to Europe bringing a fine Italian cheese, or a brie, and you want to know what wines to take to the table to eat it, only to find out you have no clue what the right match could be.
The first thing you have to notice if it is a hard cured cheese or a softer variety of dairy. If it is a hard cheese, the wine that accompanied the tenderloin can be left on the table as a good match (meat matches serve hard cheeses as well).
On the other hand, you don’t want to accompany a soft cheese with the same wine you enjoyed your goat, duck, filet mignon, chops and other meat with. So in this case, opt for a sparkling wine or a sweet white instead.
If, on the other hand, you’re eating that soft Mexican cheese at a party, then sparkling or even rich white wines are the way to go.
If your meal is white meat, such as a Thai marsala, then the rich wine is also a good match. You can eat the soft cheese with it.
Wine Pairing Chart: Simplifying Food Choices
We designed a wine pairing chart that really simplifies the matching process and makes it easy for you to select a good wine for a certain meal or tasting event. Feel free to save this infographic somewhere you can easily access it later, in a pinch.
There are so many varieties of wine: Moscato wine, Indian, Greek, Portuguese Port, Rosé, Malbec. And if we start with food we could repeat this never ending variable toss that is, naming individual dishes or even food items like swordfish, roast, fried paella, lobster, and more. This is simply too complicated for someone only starting to grasp wine pairing.
For that reason, the graphic shows food and wines separated into as few categories as possible. See the wine food pairing chart below.
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Another thing you can try, instead of learning about other people’s experiences, is to try to make up your own opinion via tasting games and training exercises professionals recommend for people who want to start to learn how to taste.
You can search for games like the Wine and Cheese Trivia, Talk Basin or Say Cheese to ensure your palate develops.
(Source for the games: http://eds-tavern.com/2016/06/wine-and-cheese-party/)
Wine Pairing With Salmon
If you enjoy a good classic salmon dish, then chances are you are going to enjoy it, even more, when you start to match it with a wine worthy of its rich taste.
The good thing about a salmon dish is that since it is a fish dish you can eat it with the same wine pairing as you were drinking with your appetizers as they are usually light or cheeses like cheddar and gouda.
Some examples that pair well with salmon are Syrah wines, Pinot Noire, Pinot Gris, and sometimes even varieties like Marbella and Riesling.
Food and Wine Pairings:
Once you know what you’re doing, don’t stick to the book!
Finally, don’t just take the “right” wine off the rack every time. Sure there are the basics that should always stay in their places like sweet port wine for desserts and whatnot, but in what comes to meat dishes, you have a lot of freedom to experiment.
Sometimes a wine has matured in a way that changed its original character, and as such matches a dish it wasn’t supposed to according to the “laws of wine matching.” Be adventurous!
Salmon Wine Pairing:
As stated above, classic salmon dishes go well with the wines mentioned earlier, but you can also add sparkling wine to the mix, and wines you would traditionally have with shrimp, sushi, fruit and even some loin dishes when they’re cooked very lightly.
Of course, you can also get one of the many popular matching apps, but it is a lot more fun to operate based on instinct, thinking about what a certain wine’s intensity will do for a certain dish.
Wine Pairing With Turkey:
As you can see in the chart above, with reds and rich white. As such there are a lot of French wines ideal for this meal, such as Viognier, Merlot, Bordeaux, and Cabernet.
To improve on that meal, simply have some cake or cheese after the meal, together with a chalice of port or a bold red wine.
Smoked salmon is also considered fish, so the same rule applies, although if it is made with curry, you may opt for the Reds instead (except bold red).
Ready to start matching your wines correctly? Well, part of the challenge is being able to do it day in day out, with all of the dishes you make, from simple to complex, from scallops to chili and every ingredient you get from the market, and with all the recipes out there.
Mixing food and wine is a rich experience, so grab your scampi with a squeeze of lemon, your Foie gras, your piccata and your cioppino – it’s time to enjoy a good bite and a lovely drink (on ice, if you’re feeling like that).
P.S. Attention beginners: whether you choose to stay home and make your own dinner, or eat a simple app (appetizer) at a restaurant or bar, you still need to know what foods/dinners can be safely paired with what wines. For instance, what goes well with a Barbera (a very popular Italian red with higher acidity and lower tannins), a Tempranillo (a black grape that makes a full-bodied dark red wine varietal, native to Spain) or a Cabernet Sauvignon? Are you hungry for a pork chop, some prime rib or leg of lamb? What about a spicy asian dish or a pasta with parmesan. Are you out of ideas or need a list of foods that go with a rose? It would be so great it only there was a quick handy tool you could take with you as cheat sheet. Well, then don’t forget about that wine pairing chart (infographic) on this page. Trust me, you’ll want this when you’re in a pinch. Save it, share it with your friends…and enjoy!!
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