Wine is a precious victual, it is the liquid of camaraderie, of class and often one which can make or break your gentlemen game. According to me, if you’re doing wine, you might as well get it right. No more peanuts, potato chips or “chakhna”, Wine deserves more than that.
Permit me to give you some food pairing tips to score some big brownie points on the gentlemen leader-board guys. Be the perfect gentlemen with these quick, surefire tips of the whats and hows of doing wine right.
1. Bold Red Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz are the more known ones in the Bold Red segment. Initially, I used to pair this with dark chocolate, yes i had plenty faux pas moment, but then with experience comes good food. Some of the cuisine which sit well with a bold red wine are potatoes (think well mashed!),pastas with some maitake (mushrooms work too!) sauteed along with some red peppers, tomatoes, shallots.
For the meat-lovers, you have the options of choosing either pork ribs, tenderloin or salami or bacon.
The perfect pairing, though, for a bold red are hard cheese, red meat such as beef, lamb or venison roasted, grilled or barbecued.
2. Medium Red
Cabernet Franc or Merlot on the menu my friend, fret not. I’m thinking some exotic spices, thyme, basil, oregano, black pepper, cinnamon, clove, some cherry tomatoes and funghi paired with pungent cheese and its falling in place.
What about meat, you ask? Your choices are roasted or barbecued poultry (chicken, duck, turkey), red meat or cured meat. Though if you really like to get things just right, a smoked tenderloin or pork chops will take the wine game to Pro levels.
If you are planning to bring out the bubbly anytime soon, then may i extend my congratulations to you first. Quite clearly you’ve got something extremely special on the cards. Surprisingly, there are a number of food pairing options to go perfectly with sparkling wine, regardless of it being red or white.
Fruits like berries and oranges, nuts, pastas, sauteed vegetables, bacon, pork and poultry all are worthy delicacies to complement the flute of sparkle.
And if you really want to get it bang on, look no further than mollusks (oysters, clams, mussels).
4. Light White
The trick which works best for a Sauvignon or a Pinot blanc is keeping it light, green and fresh. So go for the herbs (thyme, basil) and green vegetables (kale, lettuce), steam or poach them and your table is pretty much set.
Fish is the definite meat of choice for a wine of this pedigree. Even raw fish, i’m serious!
5. Dessert Wine
Port wine is often given sly remarks, on account of it being not the real wine! My friend you will be amiss if you overlook the importance of this humble drink. Port and sherry traditionally are the 5th course accompaniments. Stock up chocolate (preferably dark) and coffee and pungent cheese.
This has been the rundown on getting your wine right! Go ahead and put the Fine in the Dining tonight.
Now lets be the gentlemen that our lady loves deserve.
Until we meet again, here’s wishing you a great Valentine’s Day folks!