Bill’s Package Store gives you the low-down on the best way to pair your favorite wines with food
Great food and wine pairings create a balance between the components of a dish and the characteristics of a wine.
Here are the basics:
- The wine should be more acidic than food.
- The wine should be sweeter than the food.
- The wine should have the same flavor intensity as the food.
- Red wines pair best with bold-flavored meats:
- Red meat
- White wines pair best with light-intensity meats:
- Fish or chicken
- Bitter wines (red wines) are best balanced with fat.
- White, Sparkling, and Rosé wines create contrasting pairings.
- Red wines will create congruent pairings.
Congruent vs Contrasting
- A contrasting pairing creates balance by contrasting tastes and flavors.
- A congruent pairing creates balance by amplifying shared flavor compounds.
Generally, you can group wines into 3 different categories:
- Red wines have more bitterness.
- White, Rosé, and sparkling wines have more acidity.
- Sweet wines have more sweetness.
Wine and Cheese
If you love wine and cheese, here are some pairings suggestions:
- Cabernet Sauvignon & Cheddar
- Shiraz & Gouda
- Pinot Noir & Gruyere
- Sauvignon Blanc & Goat Cheese
- Prosecco & Asiago
- Riesling & Cheese fondue
- Chardonnay & Triple Cream Cheese
Consider Intensity – Wine is either light or bold. Here are some examples:
- Sauvignon Blanc is light-bodied, but it has a higher acidity.
- Chardonnay has more body, but it’s usually not too acidic.
- Pinot Noir is lighter bodied (for red wine) and it doesn’t have too much Tannin (bitterness).
- Cabernet Sauvignon is more full-bodied and has high tannin (more bitterness)
The basic truth is unless you’re having a true wine connoisseur over for dinner, just serve whatever wine you prefer. Just remember that Bill’s Package Store is your go-to place to find your favorites from the great selection on hand.
We offer superior quality, top-shelf brands of your favorite liquors and wine at the lowest prices in Clarksville, TN. Call (931) 647-5566 or visit us at 1651 Fort Campbell Blvd Clarksville, TN, 37042.