So you need to impress the future in laws with a bottle of wine, or you were chosen to pick up a couple of bottles for your friends party. Where do you start?
Here are some simple steps that can help you on this great quest of yours.
It’s important to know what you’ll be eating; this will narrow the field down considerably. Light wines go with lighter food, like fish, chicken and creamy pastas. While heavier dishes like beef, and tomato-based pastas, go great with red, robust wines.
If you’re going to be getting into the spicy side of things, try a lighter wine, like Sauvignon Blanc, or a Pinot Grigio. It’ll help balance all that flavor.
Narrow It Down
Here’s a quick and easy to use glossary to help!
Cabernet Sauvignon is a full, rich red wine that goes well with heavier foods such as red meats, and tomato-based pasta sauces.
Pinot Noir is usually softer than Cabernets, with similar characteristics.
Merlot is one of the lighter reds, and it’s very popular.
Zinfandel is a strong red that’s a Californian specialty.
Syrah is one of the biggest reds, and the best are French and Australian.
Chardonnay is an elegant white with a nice buttery taste, and pairs well with chicken and creamy pasta sauces.
Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp white, great for sipping on summer days and pairing with fish.
Now you know!