The number one question I get from people is “what is your favourite wine?” and I kindly respond with “I don’t have one” (insert gasp and confusion here). This is because I am a huge fan of picking my wine to match my food, or vice versa. I believe there is a place for all styles of wine, depending on the occasion and the food you are eating, and personal preference of course! I am that person at restaurants who opens the wine list side by side my food menu and carefully contemplates what I can drink with my food, to make my experience that much better!
I have actually had a few high-end restaurants alter their recipes to better suit the wine I have chosen (Shout out to Scaramouche, Edulis, The Reluctant Chef) because it is such a mind-blowing experience when you get the perfect match. Let’s look at 5 tips to making the the magic happen- whether you are at home or at a restaurant!
1. Pair Like Food with Like Wine
Think body and heaviness of both your wine and your food. If you are eating something light and refreshing, you should pick a wine that is light and refreshing as well. You don’t want your wine to over power your food. Conversely, a rich food needs a full body wine to stand up to the flavours in your dish. This is also important when you think about sweetness; your wine should be as sweet as your dessert, if one is more sweet or luscious than the other, you are going to end up with your wine tasting flat or your dessert tasting bland.
Exceptions: Bitterness in food- will make your food taste more bitter; try to avoid wine with too m