Wine and Dine

Updated: Oct 3, 2021

Have you ever been to a restaurant and ordered the perfect dish, but had no idea what to pair it with. We have all been there and now I am going to give you a basic understanding of food and wine pairings so the next time you go to a restaurant you can be confident while ordering wine. Let's start with the tower of power which goes like this. Level one is all white wines that are not oak aged and the food that goes with this the best is raw fish, very lightly cooked fish, or cheese. Level two is almost all white wines that are oak aged with gamay and pinot noir being the red wine exceptions. Light fish and light meats including chicken work nicely with these types of wines. Level three is all red wines and pair with heavy red meats. If you the comparison of milk to wine. Level one is skim milk. Level two is whole milk and level three is heavy cream. Also, the baseline rule with dessert wines is that your dessert should be sweeter or as sweet as the wine you order. For smoky, spicy, and salty foods there are five wines which will always be the best options. These wines include Gamay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chenin Blanc, and

Brut Rose. The best way to learn more about wine is to order a glass in a restaurant. The sommelier or wine connoisseur will be able to help you pair your dish with the right glass of wine for the perfect night!


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