What elements in wine need to be considered when pairing it with food?
- Weight + texture
What elements in food need to be considered when pairing it with wine?
- What’s the protein?
- Cooking method
- Sauces + Condiments, if any
- Fat, if any
If there is one thing to remember or fall back on when food + wine pairing, it’s that you should match the _____ of the food with the _____ of the wine (or vice versa).
Meaning, pair up things that match in intensity such as Muscadet and Oysters, or seared steak and cabernet sauvignon. You don’t want one to overpower the other.
Do salty foods increase or decrease the perception of acidity in wine?
Salt decreases the perception of acidity in wine
How do salty foods affect tannins in wine?
Salty foods make wine tannins in wine seem more drying/astringent
Do fatty foods reduce or increase perception of tannins in wine?
Fat reduces perception of tannins (and tannins make the fat seem less rich!)
How do fatty foods react with acidity in wine?
Fatty foods coat your palate, and acidity helps cleanse your palate
e.g. Champagne + French fries
What style of wine should you be prepared to drink or recommend when pairing it with foods that are sweet?
Off-dry, medium, and sweet wines do best with foods that have sugar in them.
Try this at home: eat something sweet – a dessert, cake, sweet pastry, even candy – and taste it with a dry wine. It’ll feel like your palate is turning inside out!
Keep in mind that when determining which wine to pair with food that has sweetness/sugar in it, your wine should be at least as sweet as your food (if not a touch sweeter), otherwise you risk the wine tasting acrid.
What do foods with spicy chili heat do to a wine?
Spicy foods make a wine seem more alcoholic.
What style of wine should you consider when pairing foods that are spicy with chili heat?
- Low in alcohol
German Rieslings are a good go-to wine for foods with low to high levels of spicy chili heat.
What are 3 pairing theories to remember?
- What Grows Together Goes Together
- e.g. oysters + Muscadet
- Complementing, or Like with Like
- e.g. goat cheese (high in acidity) + sparkling wine (high in acidity)
- Contrasting, or Opposites Attract
- e.g. piquant, salty Roquefort + sweet Port