Match food and wines in terms of the weight of each or acidity of each. This is a fundamental way of thinking about pairings.
WEIGHT/BODY It's important to keep the body, or weight, of the wine in mind. A heavy, full bodied wine will match well with a heavier dish.
ACIDITY The acids in wine and the natural acids in food must be considered when pairing food and wines. An acidic wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc, is useful in balancing a rich or spicy dish such as Thai.
SWEETNESS A sweet wine is best matched with a high-acid food, such as blue cheese. Sweet foods tend to distort wine flavors and make dry wines taste flat.
AGE/MATURITY An older wine may be overwhelmed by strong flavors. The complex flavors need tos hine on their own against a simpler dish - for example, a grilled steak with an aged Bordeaux.
My Food & Wine Pairings
- BBQ in the Crockpot!
- Steakhouse Dinner in the Comfort of Home
- Turkey Chili & Mouvedre/Syrah
- Sticky Braised Short Ribs with Parmesan Risotto paired with Chateauneuf du Pape
- Wine Dinner at Domaso Trattoria
- Rack of Lamb with Ken Wright Pinot Noir
- Grilled BBQ Shrimp with Sauvignon Blanc at Harth Restaurant
- Pesto Parmesan Shrimp Risotto with J Vineyards Pinot Gris
- An Evening of Wine, Food and a Winemaker
- When You Hire a Personal Chef for your Birthday
- Summer = Grilling = Wine!
- Capital Grille Introduces Generous Pour Summer Event
- Sesame Shrimp Stir Fry with Dr L Riesling
- Roasted Rack of Lamb with J Vineyards Pinot Noir
- Pairing Spicy/Thai Food with Wine
- Uncommon Wines for Thanksgiving Feast
- A Meal from the Pantry: Using Thanksgiving Leftovers
- Port, Sauternes & Blue Cheese: The Ultimate Sweet/Salty Pairing
- Wine for your Valentine
- Never Cook with a Wine You Wouldn't Drink
- Perfect Pairing with Vinho Verde
Food & Wine Recommendations
- Dinner Date at Savour
- New Menu at Tallula EatBar
- Burger Lovers Rejoice!
- Chateau des Leotins Bordeaux 2007
- Bishop's Selection Cotes du Rhone Villages 2009
- Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape "Tradition" 2008
- Ken Wright Pinot Noir 2008
- Great Finds under $40
- Dog Days of Summer Sangria Recipe
- Rosé Flights at Veritas Wine Bar
- #GrilledCheeseGoodness at Ripple
- First Look: The Winery at Bull Run
- A Taste of Argentina
- Favorite Bars to Grab a Cocktail
- Top 5 Wine Bars for Date Night
- And the Nominees Are.....2013 Best Wine Program
- Sushi, Sparkling, Tartare Oh My!
- Borsao red blend from Spain - 75% Grenacha 25% Tempranillo blend from Borja, Spain. Vintage 2009. $8.99
- Salmon Run Meritage 2008 - Bordeaux-Style Blend (Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv) $13.99
- Château de la Bonnelière Chinon Rive Gauche 2011 - 100% Cabernet Franc, Rosé $13.99
- GREECE: Where it's all about the wine
- Dr Frank's Lemberger with Pasta
- Chateau Anniche White Bordeaux 2011
- McPherson Dry Vin Gris Rosé 2012 - 44% Cinsault, 32% Mouvedre and 24% Grenache
- A New Favorite...Vellum
- Carménere, The Forgotten Grape