Learning to food and wine match can be a little daunting for those who haven’t done it before. Let’s be honest, when having a dinner party or a few friends over for a gossip, deciding which wines go better with the food you’re serving tends to slip from most people’s thoughts.
To start with, it’s always best to pick two or three different wines and two food dishes for each wine. There are two ways to learn, either through trail and error or by reading up on what others have experimented with and has worked well, and perhaps what hasn’t.
Every individual has a different sense of taste and smell, so you may enjoy a matching food and wines which someone else may utterly detest! Which is why it’s always a good idea to teach yourself. If you put two flavours together, you can see what ingredients work well together, such as a fresh, crisp white wine with fresh, salty seafood. This is a traditional food and wine match and is renowned to be a harmonious pairing. But of course, that doesn’t mean everyone will enjoy it!
Fine Wine For Dinner Parties
Bordeaux has never been one to shy away from producing some of the most high quality wines. Chateau Le Puy is no exception. For 15 generations, Chateau Le Puy has had wine at the heart and soul of their winemakers. The techniques used to produce their wine are reminiscent to those used in the 1940s and 50s, when natural wine making was the common practice.
This wine is brilliant for dinner parties as it can be served with food, or as an aperitif to cleanse your guests palate before dining. This is a traditional Merlot that should be paired with foods that enhance the wines flavours, rather than subduing them. So a perfect collaboration of food and fwine would see Chateau Le Puy wash down hearty casseroles, hearty meat dishes such as steaks, chicken thighs or a delicious lamb shank. The full flavours of the meat and marinades will bring out the dark cherry, plum and chocolate notes that fill this wine.
Matching Sweet Wines With Food
It can be hard sometimes to match a sweet wine with food, as they tend to taste better in place of a dessert rather than accompanying it. Take, Chateau Filhot for example. This wine is beautifully sweet, with bright flavours of pineapple and spices. Serve on it’s own, but for a more advanced wine and food combo, think about pairing it with a starter such as foie gras. Or, try it with chicken and wild mushrooms to allow the sweetness to bring a more rounded flavour to the palate. This is a rather unusual wine to pair with food, but the flavours are so rewarding, it’s worth trying something new to see what flavours you can discover.
Learning to food and wine match is more about trail and error then it is about nailing an exam. Sure there are certain ingredients and wines that go together, but don’t be afraid to start off small, and try bigger things as you become more knowledgeable about wine in general.