“A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine”
Food and wine pairing can often seem daunting and magnified, however it doesn’t need to be as complicated as the Sommeliers’ spiel may make it sound. It should be fun and experiential. After all, what’s better than food & wine together?!
Our Hydrator Joanna has broken down some easy steps to matching your meals with the perfect paired wines.
The key to food & wine pairing is that the food improves the wine…
To ensure we do this, we need to highlight the key component of our dish, for example – You are cooking a chicken dinner, so you’d think that the chicken is the main component but! It’s covered in a rich creamy sauce. Therefore the overriding flavour is the creaminess of the dish. A rich & creamy styled Chardonnay would work wonderfully!
Here’s some recommendations for matching these key elements of your dish-
Creamy – Rich whites such as our Foxglove Chardonnay will cut through the creaminess but compliment this textured element.
Spicey – The juxtaposition of a sweet wine is really worth a try, next time you get a takeaway try this deliciously balanced Riesling.
Fishy- The salinity of a Loire Sauvignon Blanc from the riverside is well suited to Seafood.
Red meaty- A peppery highly tannic red wine such as Shiraz based wine will work in harmony with flavour intensity
*Top Tip* “If it grows together, it goes together!!”
It’s as simple as that, think about the regional influence on your food & wine and where the food originated from…
Mussels & Chablis (Both high in minerality & salinity from oceanic influences )
There are two tactics to choose from with food and wine pairing and these are, to either;
Contrast the wines’ characteristics with the meals’ key component to create balance. For example, a spicy supper matched with an off- dry, sweeter styled Riesling. Sweet vs Spicy.
To harmonize with the key component by matching the main element of the dish, this amplifies the flavours. For example, a charred lamb dish paired with a rich, high tannin red wine such as Shiraz would meet the full bodied structure & flavour intensity. Both Big & Bold.
Let’s stay playful and try explorative matches and continue to discover new wines to improve our meals… Please get in touch for bespoke wine and food pairings.
I would be more than happy to help!
Hydrator @Twisted Cellar, WSET 3 Accredited