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…]
We all know that Girl Scout cookies pair well with milk. But did you know they also pair well with wine? It’s true. At our second annual Girl Scout cookie wine tasting last week, we discovered for the second time how well this pairing works, and we had a great time in the process.
I highly recommend a Girl Scout cookie wine tasting for everybody, especially for people who tend to get very serious about wine. It’s hard to be serious when you’re eating Girl Scout cookies. [Read more…]
It’s always exciting to discover a great wine and food pairing, where the coupling makes for an out-of-this-world tasting experience.
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. A few will be bad, and a few will be fantastic.
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, several wine experts have published excellent wine and food pairing guidelines. My favorites come from Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible (www.karenmacneil.com). Here are a few of Karen’s suggestions: [Read more…]