Creating the perfect dinner for friends, family or even a date may seem to be simple at first, but once you start planning you will find that it’s not all about the food. While it is important to use fresh ingredients and prepare great food, one of the most important aspects of any kind of meal is choosing a great beverage in order to really make the taste and the flavors stand out.
Unfortunately, purchasing wine is often a tedious task due to the fact that the chosen wine must complement the food. Although taste in wine differs from one person to another, there are a few guidelines that can help those looking to make an informed purchase.
Match amazing wine to amazing food
The beverage served with a meal should always be chosen in relation to the food:
- Red meat goes great with red wine. Also, if the meat is fatty, it is a good idea to choose an acidic wine in order to balance it out;
- Seafood and fish require white wine like a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blank;
- Spicy meals should be paired with a sweet wine;
- Dessert is a bit more tricky. It is important to choose a sweet wine, but make sure that the food is not sweeter than your chosen beverage.
In order to prepare a great dinner, try not to simply choose the alcoholic beverage in order to complement the food, but to choose recipes that also specify what kind of bottle you should buy. These two things should be interdependent.
Go online and read about the various flavors that can be combined without them cancelling each other, and also remember to read the label of the bottle before buying. Most manufacturers provide some sort of guideline regarding how a certain wine should be consumed.