One of my favorite guidelines for wine and food pairing is the notion that you can mirror tastes or contrast them. I’m devoting this article to the all-important food and wine pairing question: Should you mirror or contrast? A big thank you to Vinfolio and SFGN for their help with this article.[Read more…]
Why do I have to learn about the science behind wine pairing? Doesn’t that ruin the mood?
Imagine sitting in a quiet bistro at a romantic candlelit table for two. You lazily drape your fingers around the goblet as wine sparkles in the candle’s glow. The food arrives; your senses are aroused…aah, bliss! The first sip, the first taste is perfect! Then your date says, “You know why this wine tastes great with this food? Because the tannins cut through the viscosity of the oil.” Whaaaa-t? The mood is shattered.
Enter science. Yet, it’s true. There is a lot of science behind the deliciousness of wine pairing. It’s fun to understand, but don’t bring it to the table — out loud, at least! Enjoy your knowledge to yourself as you expertly select your wine.
In this article, I’ll discuss a few simple facts that are helpful to keep in mind. You don’t need a science degree, and in fact most of these facts are really just good common sense. [Read more…]
I’ve been a pescetarian for many years, eating a vegetarian diet that includes dairy, eggs and some fish.
As a red wine lover, I’m often asked how it’s possible for me to love red wine when I don’t eat the dishes that are meant to accompany red wine.
Call me creative, brilliant or just not very picky, but I’ve never had a problem finding good dishes to pair with the red wines that I love. [Read more…]
Last week, in my blog article entitled “Introducing Tim Hanni’s VinoType Wine Tasting Experience”, I shared Master of Wine Tim Hanni’s wonderful VinoType concept, which is a way to categorize individuals to understand their wine preferences based on their individual physiology and life experience. This week, I would like to share some of the new wine pairing rules I learned from Tim at WineShop At Home’s recent national convention.
The long and short of it is to disregard most of the wine pairing rules we’ve learned. [Read more…]
It’s easy to stress out when it comes to wine pairing. We believe that the perfect pairing exists for every dish we serve. What if we don’t find that perfect pairing? Is that a disaster? NO! I encourage you to turn off the stress and the judgement and have some fun with wine and food pairing. After all, wine and food are FUN! [Read more…]