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Simple Rules for Wine & Food Pairings

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With the Valentine’s Day and the most awaited Cricket World Cup entertaining upon us, there is no better time to talk about wine and food pairing. Most beginners are perplexed with the thought of pairing food and wine for a party. Even though there are no set rules, some safe food pairings will make your party a hit amongst friends. Here are some quick tips to get you started. Here goes!

1. Thinking of celebrating with some champagne this February? Since Champagne already has a faint touch of sweetness in it, it will go perfectly with anything salty. So, if you are planning to buy a bottle of champagne, make sure you order for simpler dishes with minimal ingredients.

2. Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most loved wines, and can be very flexible with most foods. However, if you want to know what goes best with this delicious white wine then you might want to try out seafood like fish and Oysters, tangy Mexican and Indian dishes, grilled chicken or lamb, Pesto and green veggies and of course, Cheesy pastas and pizzas.

3. If you are looking for food pairings for full-bodied wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, then you don’t have to look very far. Anything from a marinated red meat, cheesy mushroom pizza, charred gruyere burger to a yummy veggie quiche, this wine goes great with a variety of dishes. So, let loose and explore the horizons of taste with this amazing red wine.

4. The freshness and acidity of Shiraz Rose makes food pairing almost endless. Anything from salad, seafood, lean meat, rice to spicy food, everything pairs perfectly with this special wine. Remember to serve this wine at about 13 degree Celsius, if too warm they turn sugary and if too cold, they lose their delicate aromas and flavours.

5. It can be a little tricky to pair food with this light-bodied white wine, Chenin Blanc. This wine has a wide range of flavours like pear, apple, passion fruit and peach and hence pairing food with it might need some thought. However, Mediterranean dishes, sushi and veal are a safe bet with this wine.

Remember, the goal here is to make both the drink and food taste good together and there is always room for little experimentation. So, choose wisely and enjoy your wine party!

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