Ask me, a few years ago, when I was just developing my love of wine if wine and food pairings held any weight, and I would have said “not as much as they make you think”. I am being humbly honest with you. I was a strong believer that ‘you drink what you love’ around the dinner table, and that was that. Now, I still believe in drinking what you love, but my experimental wine tasting, since then, has had some foods turn so-so wine tastings into unbelievable events. So, if you ask me today about food and wine pairing, I’ll admit ones experience, with a specific wine, can be greatly enhanced, if paired with the right dish.
Though the science exists around food and wine, we still support guided wine experiments. Do your research and take the food and wine pairing tools provided, but experiment on your own. Pair dishes unique to your culture with wines you love and you’ll find yourself with a personalized, morphed food pairing chart, that suits your lifestyle and culinary style. In the case of my t-bone steak, most pundits would insist that my Pinot Noir would have been best paired with pork, poultry or fish. Very few would encourage you to try your Pinot Noir with a steak. In my case, the t-bone brought out the fruit flavour of the wine and further refined the wines tannins, deeply complimenting my experience.
For a quick wine and food pairing guide, you can utilize the chart below from WinePairingChart.com, or subscribe to Fiona Beckett’s Matching Food and Wine site. For now, forge forward with your wine and food experiment and remember to log your winning pairings and your not so elegant match-ups As early 19th century wine writer, André Simon said, “Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized”.
Wine Pairing Chart
T-bone Steak image courtesy of KCSteaks