Tips for Great Wine and Food Pairings

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Spring and summer are the seasons of entertaining! Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner party, or an informal outdoor BBQ, it’s important to have the right wine at hand.

Here are our best tips for effective wine and food pairing:

Sparkling Wines:

Sparkling wines are refreshing and versatile. They are light on the tongue and go well with a greater variety of dishes than any other wine. Sparkling wines have a touch of sweetness to them, which makes them extra refreshing when paired with salty foods. For summer BBQs, try prosciutto wrapped melon and Champagne for a tasty treat.

Recipe to Try: Smoked Trout and Caper Cream Cheese Toasts

Citrusy, Light-Bodied Whites:

The tang of these whites wake up your taste buds, perking up dishes that might otherwise seem bland. Also, they’re the only wines that work well with foods that are already tart and tangy. Try a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio, and always make sure the wine is at least as tart as the food, or else you will lose the flavor of the wine.

Recipe to Try: Scallops with Grapefruit Onion Salad

Ripe, Full-Bodied Whites:

These types of wines tend to come from warmer climates, with their richness coming from the oak casks they spend a lot of time in. The full-bodied flavor of a Chardonnay or a Chenin Blanc can sometimes make food pairing difficult. Drink them with heavier dishes like roast poultry, meaty fish, and pasta.

Recipe to Try: Buttery Crab Bread Pudding

Juicy, Medium-Bodied Reds:

These wines have a diverse flavor, and they are certainly crowd-pleasers. There’s a reason why so many people love Pinot Noir: it is fruity, yet nuanced in taste. All of the wines in this category have a vibrant acidity to go well with mushrooms, lighter meat dishes, and tomato-based recipes.

Recipe to Try: Shiitake and Scallion Lo Mein

Rich, Full-Bodied Reds:

From a Bordeaux to a Malbec, these rich wines all pair beautifully with meat. The taste of the wine will play delightfully on the palette when matched with ribs or steak. These wines are bold enough to go well with foods heavily flavored with BBQ sauce or other spices.

Recipe to Try: Sticky Barbecued Beef Ribs

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