We love a good pairing. Whether it’s dinner with dessert, beers with burgers, or cheese with wine, an excellent pairing elevates almost all flavor experiences. We broke down five basic rules-of-thumb to keep in mind when you’re strategizing how to pair your next meal with the perfect wine.
How to perfectly pair food and wine
When you’re perusing our meal kits, you may notice that we have suggested beer and wine pairings for almost all of our meals. But what if you want to take it a step further and begin pairing your meals yourself? We’re so happy to help with this endeavor! Keep reading to learn some basic rules to pair your next meal with a refreshing glass of vino.
Pairing Chardonnay: Pair with Salmon and Shellfish
Chardonnay is a wonderful wine to pair with fish like salmon and shellfish, creamy vegetable soups, chowder, and pasta with Alfredo sauce. Chardonnay has subtle flavors, so it’s best practice not to pair this wine with heavy, overwhelming foods. Since Chardonnay is quite buttery, it’s nice to pair it with buttery and creamy dishes.
Pairing Sauvignon Blanc: Pair with Green Veggies, Pasta, and Shrimp
Sauvignon Blanc has delicate flavors, so it’s important not to pair this wine with strong-flavored dishes like a meal made up of robust meats. It’s a crisp white wine that’s lovely with dishes that have fresh herbs. It’s a summertime-like wine that’s great with summertime-like dishes, anything light and fresh.
Pairing Pinot Noir: Pair with Mushrooms, Pork, and Duck
Pinot Noir is an easy wine to pair with your meals because of its complexities. Most varieties of Pinot Noir have fruit characteristics but they can also have layers of tobacco, black tea, and potpourri notes. Because of the wines complexity in flavor, it doesn’t overpower the flavor of your meal. For this reason, you don’t have to be shy about pairing Pinot Noir with your meat entrees.
Pairing Cabernet Sauvignon: Pair with Steak, Meatballs, and Short Ribs
Cabernet Sauvignon is a fan-favorite for a special reason: It has a wide range of flavor complexity and won’t supersede the flavors of your favorite steak dinner. There are different styles of Cabernet: New world Cabernets from California that are powerful and pungent and classic Cabernets from Bordeaux that are more restrained in their intensity. Regardless of the cabernet, you choose to drink, you can’t go wrong with pairing it with red meat, like steak and juicy burgers.
Pairing Syrah: Pair with Highly Spiced Dishes, Lamb, and BBQ
Are you craving some Indian food or BBQ? Your best bet is to pair that meal with a glass of Syrah. There are light-bodied syrahs and full-bodied syrahs. The lighter syrahs dwell from cooler climates and are best paired with meats like lamb. The darker syrahs are bold, come from hotter regions like Argentina and South Africa, and they’re wonderful when paired with BBQ, foods with cumin seasoning, and smoked meats.
Pairing Champagne: Pair with Lobster, Berries, Aged Cheeses
Even though champagne is generally served only at special events like weddings, we’re big proponents of pushing the bounds and drinking it whenever we can, (mimosas, anyone?) The different varieties of champagne range from sweet to dry, demi-sec to brut. Demi-sec champagne is excellent with berries and citrusy desserts. Brut champagne is great to pair with lobster dinners and aged cheeses, like Parmesan cheese and gouda.
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