While wine alone can be drunk or food be eaten after a glass of wine, very few of us are capable of pairing the right wine with the right food. Rather we usually end up with a wine which completely destroys the flavors of the dish and vice versa. For these poor souls, here is a small guideline to help you pick your wines. This is not a rule. People have different taste preferences and the type you want to pair a meal with can be different, but is a simple guideline to help you start off.
If you already know how to taste wine, this will be much easier. The trick is to either ‘complement’ or ‘contrast’ with the food type. A sweet wine can be paired with a sweet dish to complement the two or with a spicy dish to contrast and further enhance the quality of the food. However, sometimes, a food can also destroy the taste of wine and leave you with a less desirable feeling towards the wine. In this case, it may be the pairing of the food which went wrong rather than the wine itself.
Break down the components
It is important to understand the various components in the food and wine before you seek a balance between the two. This is where a prior knowledge in wine tasting comes in handy as you already know how to break down the components of the wine such as the flavor, texture, structure and weight. A visit to the Howard Park winery will help you gain a better knowledge on the various textures of wine through the Howard park wines which offer a wide variety of tastes to pair with various food items on their menu. Through a bit of practice you would be able to identify and differentiate between the delicate wines from the robust, heavier wines. These wines are best paired with similar food items and not with the contrasting ones. It is important to maintain a form of balance where one can taste the wine, enjoy the flavors and thereafter switch to the food and not lose the essence of either in the process.
How to taste both together?
First take a mouthful of wine, roll it and swallow and decipher the smells and tastes of it. Break down the components to sweet, acidic, heavy or light. Thereafter, find on your menu a dish which has a characteristic which corresponds with your wine, Browse more about sparkling wines in Australia here. Such as a sweet wine with a sweet dish. Thereafter, try the wine with a small bite of the food and if you like it, you have hit a winner. If not, try a different glass of wine to complement your food.