Wine Pairing 101: How to Match Wine with Food

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A great dish deserves to be accompanied by a carefully picked wine. Nothing can highlight the taste of the food like a wine that matches perfectly. One of the most popular beverages in the last couple of years is organic wine.

This drink of the Gods is made from carefully picked grapes that were grown on soil free of chemicals, fungicides and pesticides. Additional substances that are usually added to wine, in organic wine are cut to the bare minimum. Subsequently, you get a drink that not only tastes better and more natural but also a wine that is much healthier. Knowing this, it’s always a better idea to opt for a bottle of certified organic wine instead of a regular one.

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Shiraz Wine Goes Best with Grilled Meat

If you want to try organic shiraz wine, know that you’ll come across many different wine varieties and flavours due to the different regions in which the grapes were grown. These slight variations can create a totally different experience once you taste different wines.

For instance, you can come across an organic Shiraz wine made with grapes from the South Australian Riverland wine region. This area is known for its warm climate that is responsible for high-quality fruits. This wine displays earthy characters with a hint of pepper and spice but also spicy mulberry fruit flavour, fine tannin structure and a hint of musk and well-balanced and fresh acidity which gives the wine its long lingering finish.

Another variation of the red Shiraz wine is one made with grapes from the McLaren Vale region in South Australia. The grapes used for the production are grown in a certified organic way without the use of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers. The wine features a bright nose of berry and spice along with a wonderfully structured palate and a long satisfying finish.

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If you love your wine fruity, you will love a bottle of organic Shiraz wine that has a perfumed lift of raspberry, wild cherry, black olive with a hint of floral notes and violets. The balance is achieved with a delicate dusting of cinnamon and vanillin spice. The French oak influence is mild and sophisticated and contributes slightly without being overwhelming. On the palate, you can notice the plum, blueberry and cherry fruit characters. The mid-palate has a velvety generosity, while the tannins offer great length and deliver a smooth velvety finish.

Now, after you pick the wine, you’ll need an appetizer or a meal that will go with it. It is recommended to pair organic Syrah wine with grilled meat, especially beef, pork or sausages. Grilled vegetables can go great with it too. Shiraz wine can also be served along with a cheese plate and hard cheese, like Gouda. You can even use Shiraz wine to make a shiraz sauce for beef as Shiraz and beef match perfectly.

Pinot Noir Along with an Amazing Pasta Dish

Organic pinot noir wine is made out of organically grown pinot noir grapes and has a recognisable pale almost translucent colour. Pinot noir wine is being produced all over the world but originates from the Burgundy region in France. In Australia, pinot noir is being produced in the southern regions. Pinot noir grapes are considered to be one of the oldest grapes in the world, and the price of the wine is a bit higher than other wines.

Pinot noir has a fruity flavour with a hint of vanilla, clove, caramel, licorice and tobacco. It is kept in French oak barrels and is pretty low on tannin. Pinot noir wine is easily matchable with different types of food, but it especially compliments pasta dishes, gruyere cheese, risotto, chicken and duck. Here’s an idea. You can make creamy carbonara pasta, top it with gruyere cheese and serve it with pinot noir wine. There’s hardly someone that can resist that. Or you can make a chicken curry sauce and leave it overnight. The curry sauce is one of the foods that taste better the next day, plus with the sauce prepared you’ll finish your chicken curry pasta dish in no time.

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Champagne Is the Better Half of Fish and Potatoes

Champagne wine got its name from the Champagne region in France. It is a white sparkling wine that can vary in sweetness according to the amount of sugar additionally added. The sweetest champagne goes best with desserts and the less sweetened version is the perfect match for fish and potatoes, or chicken and potatoes as well as some pasta dishes and seafood. You can make a plate consisting of fried chicken, fried potatoes, different types of cheese and green salad on the side and serve it as an appetizer.

The taste of the champagne, wine is bready with a hint of apple and melon flavour. Champagne is supposed to feel creamy, soft and mellow when tested. Some types taste fruitier than others and as I said the sweeter the champagne is the more ideal it is for pairing with different kinds of desserts.

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Cabernet Sauvignon for Dessert

Cabernet sauvignon is a popular grape type from which red wine is produced. The blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc grapes gives the popular Bordeaux wine. Cabernet sauvignon is being produced all over the world but like many others, originates from France. Cabernet Sauvignon wine is being kept in oak barrels. It is naturally very high in tannin and has a hint of vanilla and spice that compliment the natural flavour of the grapes and so does the oak. Usually, cabernet sauvignon is high in acidity and has notes of black cherry and green peppers too.

Cabernet Sauvignon pairs really well with chocolate, so it will be the best option to serve along with dessert. For instance, you can serve chocolate chip cookies and cabernet sauvignon. Or the famous French macarons that you can both bake at home or order from a pastry shop. You can incorporate wine directly into the desert too by making a red wine cake with plenty of dark chocolate or try with a blackberry pie or cobbler whose fruity flavour will match the taste of the cabernet perfectly.