Food and wine pairing can be quite a dilemma. Just think about a starter of Thai coconut soup with a lobster salad, or pineapple fois gras bonbon… What wine would you choose to sharpen the taste of such delectable dishes? Would you serve creamy red Burgundy or light white Chardonnay to compliment pan-seared tile fish with the green asparagus foam that you drizzled over it?
Pairing wine with food is a sophisticated art, which is still being discovered, taught, and exercised by the best chefs of the world. That does not mean, however, that this art is unapproachable for those of us who are neither chefs nor intricate gourmets, but just connoisseurs of tasty cuisines and lovers of good wines. The wine is not human, but we are, which makes a choice of appropriate wines, to enhance the taste of our food, a highly subjective process. This is why I dare today to share with you my very own picks of great wine/food combinations. Enjoy and don’t forget to leave your comments below! :)
1 Tinhorn Creek Gewurztraminer
2 Peter Lehmann GSM (Grenache Syrah Mourvedre)
Expect a peppery berry aroma and a medium body with a sassy ripe fruit flavour. I love it with smoked salmon, barbecued ribs, or turkey burgers.
3 Bodega Weinert Malbec
4 Averill Greek Pinot Grigio
5 Cantine Lunae Vermentino
This bone-dry wine with a mineral, herbaceous qualities is especially welcome with Italian dishes: antipasto, Italian cheese, olives, or any type of fresh seafood. Take a bite of grilled calamari, a sip of this Vermentino, and close your eyes; you’ll think you are traipsing in Cinque Terra :)
6 Undurraga Sauvignon Blanc
7 Averill Creek Somenos Rose
This fraigrant wine from British Columbia, a blend of Merlot and Pinot Noir, is to sip with spring rolls or grilled shrimps.
8 PKNT Gold Reserve
This wine is a tasty, aged blend of Carmenere, Syrah, Cab Sauv, and Malbec. Enjoy with grilled meats.
9 Canella Prosecco
10 Blue Grouse Pinot Gris
This is a full-bodied, tasty wine with an enchanting, silky mouth feel. Have it with grilled pork tenderloin, rabbit, or wild Pacific salmon.
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