What wine goes with Fish and Chicken? How about spaghetti? Here’s what you need to know about Wine Pairing.
Drink What You Like
If you have a favorite wine that you like, have it. Your tastes should take precedence over anything else.
Start By Thinking About Your Dish As A Whole
When you are reviewing your menu, for pairing see what would best overall for your dish. If you are having something creamy, try a Pinot Bianco for example.
Match Mild Foods With Mild Wines
Mild Foods should be paired with a mild wine. Examples of this are Chicken, Fish and Seafood should be paired with a Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.
Match Big, Flavorful Food with Flavorful Wines
Fatty foods should be paired with a bolder wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon or for Lamb, a Syrah or Malbe.
The Richer The Food, The Richer The Wine
Tannins are a perfect type of wine to pair with rich foods. Steak is one also so is Fried Chicken. Tannin wines have an astringent flavor that cleanses the pallet. Red Wines usually have the most tannins.
Acids Should Go With Acids
Let’s say you are making a dish with an acid such Shrimp with Lemons or something with a Tomato base. Make sure that your wine is also acidic. For example, for a Chicken Piccata use Chianti or Barolo.
And if You Have a Question About a Pairing…
Ask Your local wine store. Look on the internet. There are lots of charts and information to help you. Also, if you have a local winery, go to a tasting, do some research and most of all have fun.