Food and wine is a match made in heaven. Whether it’s a dinner party or a casual family meal, a nice drop can make it a meal to remember. But how do you select that perfect bottle to go with your scallops, steak or duck? Many of us are afraid to explore wine in the same way we explore food, despite the fact we use the same senses when enjoying both.
Matching your food and wine doesn’t have to be reserved for special occasions. If you think about selecting the perfect wine to match your every day meals you’ll enjoy them a lot more. Here are some of my top tips for matching food and wine:
- Experiment – Shows like Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules have made experimenting with food easier and more accessible. So why not do the same with your wine? Try new varietals and regions – so many people get stuck in a rut of buying the same varietal from the same producer every time they buy wine. Take a chance and try something different every once in a while.
• NSW is famous for Shiraz, Riesling and Chardonnay.
• The Riverina region produces many of the best dessert wines in Australia.
• South Australia produces world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blends
• Victoria’s Yarra Valley produces lesser known blends like Sangiovese, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio.
- It’s not always about red and white – Texture is the one of the most important thing to think about when tasting wine. For example, a salmon steak is a heavy fish which calls for a heavier wine like a Pinot Noir, whereas a delicate piece of whiting calls for a lighter wine like a young Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.
- Factor in the condiments – A heavy sauce like a hollandaise or a rich red wine sauce can dramatically change a dish. Heavier condiments call for heavier wines – a hollandaise would be perfect with an oaked Chardonnay.
- Reverse the order – Pick your wines first and design your menu to suit. At www.wineselectors.com.au you’ll find a recipe match for every wine available. Choose a new wine you’d like to try while trying a new recipe.
There is no denying that some food and wine combinations just work. Fresh oysters and a nice Riesling can make your dinner guests sing, kangaroo fillets and a delicate Pinot can have your barbeque guests begging for more. However don’t be afraid to experiment and try new combinations!