The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Wine and Food
Whether you’re throwing a fabulous dinner party or gearing up for a luxurious vacation from Los Angeles to Napa Valley, you always need to be equipped with the latest intel on wine and food pairings.
This swanky duo is the newest bread and butter in town and it’s time yo get acquainted with it!
Read on for the ultimate guide on how to create a delightful savory experience by hand-picking the right wine to go with flavors and ingredients that complement it beautifully.
1. Cabernet Sauvignon & Red Meat
Boasting a big personality, Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most popular red wine. It’s the perfect pairing with flavorful, juicy red meat with it’s fruity and smoky undertones.
Opt for steaks or lamb chops with sautéed herbs and peppery sauces for a burst of flavor that leaves the most delectable aftertaste.
2. Pinot Noir & Earthy Flavors
Bring out the beautiful cherry, plum and mulberry undertones hidden in classic Pinot Noir by pairing it with earthy flavors.
The unique versatility of this blend grants you the freedom to traverse a large spectrum of earthy ingredients like mushrooms, truffles, charcuterie, ham and asparagus. With a lot of room for experimentation, you can build a custom pairing that satiates your palate to perfection.
Pro tip: If your recipe requires sauce, increase its acidity to match the high levels found in Pinot Noir.
3. Chardonnay & Fish
Chardonnay’s eclectic flavor swings from lemon zest and passion fruit to oak and apple blossom. Make the most of this silky white wine by pairing it with rich, fatty fish like salmon that will bring out the spicy cinnamon and nutmeg undertones.
Since this wine is laced with hints of spice, incorporate your dish with spices and herbs like tarragon, parsley, thyme, shallots and marjoram for an exciting burst of flavor.
4. Champagne & Salty Magic
Dry sparkling wines like Champagne are delightful when served with salty food. The hints of sweetness in Champagne will complement the savory taste of your salty appetizers or dinner beautifully.
With oysters, caviar, potato chips or even buttered popcorn, you’ll experience a refreshing pop of flavor with delicate fruity undertones.
5. Rosé & Cheesy Heaven
Let’s be honest. There’s nothing that doesn’t taste absolutely incredible when paired with a classic bottle of Rosé. You could pair something as absurdly non-wine-worthy as Nutella with Rosé and still have the experience of a lifetime.
While there’s virtually no way to mess this up, we suggest opting for creamy and cheesy dishes to bring out the best of this liquid gold. Opt for a grilled cheese sandwich, creamy pasta, cheesecake or fondue. You can also pair Rosé with some appetizing fresh cheese like burrata, feta, halloumi or gouda.
Now that you know the basics of wine and food pairings, it’s time to put this knowledge to good use. Book a dreamy vacation rental in Calistoga, along with an affordable wine tour from Los Angeles or San Jose to Napa Valley. Spend your weekend immersed in delectable wine and food pairings with a stunning landscape to top it all off.