This weekend, the wife and I are having some people over and we are trying to make a good impression on them. Unfortunately, the wife is less knowledgeable on this subject!
As for me, I’m not really knowledgeable when it comes to wine (more of a beer guy), let alone pairing it with the right foods.
Can anyone please give us some general tips on what wines go with what foods?
Keep it simple. You don’t have to be an expert on wine. In fact, most people are casual drinkers and just buy whatever is available on the shelves.
Here is a simple rule (though there are exceptions to this rule): you can serve red wine when you serve red meat and white wine when you serve white meat.
Some examples of red wine for red meat would be Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. These go pretty well with lamb and beef.
Now, if you want to serve white wine, then offer your guests a poultry dish or a seafood dish.
While this is really helpful (for someone like me), what about for someone who is vegetarian or vegan? I’m pretty sure one of our guests won’t eat any meats.
Oh, that’s really simple. Just don’t invite them! 😜
I don’t really know the answer to that. Interesting question though. I’ll try and find out. Hopefully, someone else can give you an answer.
Can you recommend any websites where I can browse through a variety of wines to purchase?
Shopping for the foods is easy for us, but shopping for the wines is a bit more challenging since we aren’t that familiar and could use some more references.
Try visiting WineOnline for a huge selection of wines from all over the world. Sometimes you can get deals. If you order a certain amount, you could get free shipping.
BTW, don’t be fooled by the name. You can also get some beers delivered to you. However, the selection isn’t a lot. I’ve tried a couple and they were quite good, but like I said, it is not very extensive.
I’ll definitely check it out.
Regarding your question on serving wine for vegetarians, I might have a few suggestions. As a vegetarian myself, I find that a sweet white wine can go well with a spicy vegetarian meal. It can help bring out the other flavours in something spicy, like an Indian dish.
Indian food? I don’t know. My wife is cooking and I don’t think she knows any recipes.
It doesn’t have to be an Indian dish. You can try Thai cuisine. For something like that, a white Riesling or a red Beaujolais could do the trick.
I’m not sure about Thai recipes either. Any other alternatives?
How about Mexican food? A white California Riesling. Or if you want to cook Italian, serve a Sauvignon Blanc or a red Beaujolais or Chianti.
Italian will definitely do for us. Thanks!
Some foods may have a sauce associated with it. You need to consider this as well. In fact, sometimes, the sauce itself may be the determining factor, not the food, in what wine is served.
So, supposing you have chicken parmigiano with a rather strong tomato sauce, you may want to serve a red wine such as an Italian Chianti and not a white wine like Sauvignon Blanc, which is somewhat light. You could try a Chardonnay if you are going to serve a white wine.
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