Wine & Food Pairing 101: My Simple 2-Step Signature Process
Air Date: Wednesday, August 2nd 2023
Welcome to another exciting episode of the Guide to Wine Podcast!
Today, we delve into the art of wine and food pairing, a topic that has sparked curiosity and questions among many wine enthusiasts. Most importantly, I'll provide you with a two-step process to create perfectly cohesive and delightful combinations. So, let's uncork the knowledge and embark on a delicious journey together!
Why Pair Wine with Food?
Wine and food pairing is a centuries-old tradition. Historically, wine was a safer alternative to local water supplies, but today, it's about elevating the flavors of both the wine and the food. There are two ways to approach pairing: balancing all components for a harmonious experience, or letting one element shine while the other complements it.
It's time to get to the basics of wine to understand how to achieve these pairings effectively.
Understanding the Basics of Wine
Three essential aspects of wine play a significant role in pairing: body, acidity, and tannin.
Flavors in Food:
Now it’s time for the food flavors. Whenever I lead a wine & food pairing experience, I always divide the shopping list into these categories:
The Two-Step Process for Pairing Wine & Food:
Optional Step: Building a Flavor Bridge: For a more intricate pairing, consider matching specific flavors in the wine with complementary flavors in the food. While optional, this step can elevate your pairing to a new level. However, it requires some time and experience to master.
Guidelines for Structural Pairings:
Congratulations! You've just completed the Wine & Food Pairing 101 crash course. Armed with the knowledge of wine basics, flavors in food, and the two-step process for pairing, you can confidently select the perfect bottle of wine to accompany your meal tonight. Remember, the guidelines provided are just starting points - the real fun lies in experimenting and discovering what works best for your palate. So, grab a glass of wine, some delicious snacks, and embark on your journey to wine and food pairing bliss!
Looking for a guide to help you on your journey? Consider booking a Private Wine Tasting and choose Wine & Food Pairing as your theme! I'll lead you through this experiment and help you determine your own unique palate for wine & food pairings.