5 Basic Rules for Wine Pairing

As you may already know, the French like to have food with wine. In order to explore the stereotype, there are some important basic rules for the proper pairing of wine and food.


Destroy the clichรฉs!

1st one : red wine and cheese

For years, to wine lovers have thought that red wine goes wonderfully with cheese, but this isn’t the case!
The secret to making a good food and wine pairing is to build up gradually throughout the meal. To enjoy your cheese the most, choose a soft white wine or a white wine with fruity aromas.

2nd mistake : Matching a mellow wine with dessert is a mistake!

Don’t combine a sweet wine with an already sweet dessert. All of that sugar in one taste will be overwhelming and won’t help you appreciate the end of your meal. Instead of the wine, you might remember your night for the stomachache you had instead!

Know that a sweet wine will not always go well with a sweet dish. Instead, try pairing sweet wines with blue cheese or a spicy dish.

Food and Wine Combinations to Avoid

Avoid red wine and fish

It’s all about finding the right balance in intensity. Be warned, if you serve a mild tasting fish and a rather strong red wine, your fish will have no flavour!

Instead, take a dry white wine that will allow you to find even more of the iodized flavours of your fish.

Avoid multiple wines during the same meal

Many people mix different types of wine especially at celebrations or during the holidays. Although it is nice to taste several wines, it is bad for both your mouth and your stomach. Indeed, if you mix the wines, your taste buds will not be able to appreciate the novelty of each wine and each dish.

Instead, start and finish your meal with a dry white wine. If you’re more of a red wine guy, then finish with red wine.

If you’re not sure, try it anyway

You have to taste a lot of wine and food to know the right combinations.
However, there are many other well-established food and wine pairings. You will discover others at the restaurant or with the help of a guide.

Here’s one that might surprise you: cider goes wonderfully with a cheese from Normandy(brie or camembert notably). You only have to be willing to try!

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