Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to start sweating about what wines to include with your festive meal. Right? Wrong. There’s no need to sweat about Thanksgiving wine pairings. First of all, this year, you probably won’t have millions of people at your house, and the few guests you’ll have will be very forgiving. Second, given all the amazing flavors associated with Thanksgiving, you can choose many different wines that will work beautifully. Finally, you don’t have to obsess with a perfect pairing for each dish. Nobody eats each dish individually. Instead, we amass all the dishes on our plate and switch between them. Thanksgiving is really a smorgasbord of flavors. With all of this said, lighter, livelier, and lower-alcohol wines are better fits for a festive meal than heavier, more complicated ones. We’ll talk about all of this in the wine-pairing Thanksgiving tips below.[Read more…]
I wrote this article on wine and food pairing nine years ago but thought it was still a great one to share. I love the suggestions of experts like Karen MacNeil and Tim Hanni, who say that we really need to mellow out when it comes to wine and food pairing, that it’s rare that you get an awful pairing, and if you do, it’s a good excuse to laugh and find something else.
I find that a lot of people seriously stress out when it comes to trying to come up with perfect pairings. It’s helpful to keep in mind that most pairings will be good to quite good.
The reality is that if you like a certain wine and a particular food, you will probably like the two together. It’s hard to go wrong when you’re combining two taste experiences you really like. Be adventurous when pairing wine and food!
If you want some suggestions, here are Karen MacNeil’s from her book The Wine Bible: [Read more…]
I love this WUMO cartoon and hope you like it too. It begs a few questions. Are we supposed to like all wine recommendations? Have we gotten to the point where we only want to hear snooty wine recommendations? If we get completely honest wine recommendations, are we a bit flummoxed? Finally, is an honest wine recommendation a good reminder that we shouldn’t take wine recommendations, or wine for that matter, so seriously? [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…]