“Cooking is simply a balance of fat, acid, salt and sweetness”
This is why food is often served with drinks most restaurants. Pairing the right drink with your food creates a balance of flavors that can turn just another meal into a delicious experience!
Are you hoping to pull off an extraordinary dinner with your business associates, serving some of the best wine at the party?
Here’s what you need to know about discovering great food and wine pairings.
Basics of Great Food-Wine Pairings – Not Always Difficult
Understanding the basics of flavor matching isn’t difficult. Following are 5 basic profiles that provide a basic outlook when matching food and wine.
- Acidity – In wine, acidity complements well when served with fatty and sweet foods.
- Fatty Foods –These need to be served with either an acidic or high alcoholic wine.
- Salt –Serving food with too much salt? Foods such as salty smoked fish shouldn’t be paired with highly acidic wine.
- Bitter Taste –Wine high in tan-ins and featuring a bitter flavor profile should be served with sweet food.
- Sweet –This food flavor profile requires a little sharpness in order to count-eract the sweetness. Serving wine with low acidity is a good idea.
Take a look at the following food and wine pairings that you can serve at a formal business dinner at home!
Champagne with Tiger Prawns Tempura and Udon Noodles
Champagne is the perfect palate cleanser for any salty food dish.
This is because most dry sparkling wines (Brut, Spanish cava) also hint towards a faint touch of sweetness.
Drinking these wines with salty wood brings balance to the meal as well as extra-refreshing.
Cabernet Sauvignon with Braised Beef Stew with Onions, Mushrooms and Mash
This ruby red and fine wine is chock-full with tannin, making the flavor profile bitter and slightly acidic. Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine, making it the best choice for dishes containing juicy red meat.
Bordeaux and similar-style blends will also work marvelously when served with beef steaks or chops. Pair a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon with lamb chops topped with frizzled herbs for a fantastic meal.
Sauvignon Blanc with Scallops and Mushroom in Tangy Sauce
Tart dressings and sauces are poured over many fish and meat dishes, to increase the flavor profile.
You need to serve a zippy tasting wine like Vinho Verde and Sauvignon Blanc if food contains fish and a hearty grapefruit-onion salad.
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