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Here we show you pairing classes to know how to choose a wine

Would you like to enjoy your favorite dishes with the perfect wine? I assure you that you do not need to memorize books or eternal pairing lists. Nor call the sommelier every time they sit down at the table. Knowing these seven basic rules, you will be able to choose the optimal wine for each type of food.

MATTER OF WEIGHT

The most important pairing rule says the following: There must be a synergy between a wine and a dish., certain combinations that produce a feeling of harmony on our palate. Therefore, before our crucial choice, we have to consider the aromas/flavors and weight/structure of the food and wine.

Generally, The more weight the dish has, the more weight a wine should have. A preparation with a lot of fat, such as meat, butter or cream, generally requires a wine of good structure, weight, intensity and concentration.

For example, a classic boeuf stroganoff (beef, cream, vegetables and lots of butter) screams for a red like the Two Special Selection Owls,  the wine's tremendous structure stands up to the dish, and at the same time, the richness and fat of the meat serve to soften the impact of the wine's tannin.

On the other hand, a fresh and light ceviche We should pair it with a wine with similar characteristics, such as a white  Sauvignon Blanc 2020,  In short, delicate to delicate, heavy to heavy.

WILD CARD WINE STYLES

There are styles of wine that are very flexible and allow us to find several dishes that go well together. One of the most versatile is rosé: with vegetarian dishes, poultry, fish, soups, salads, snacks, etc. Thanks to its fantastic acidity, it cleanses the palate and makes our mouths water.

HARMONY OR COUNTERPOINT

The pairing can be built on similarities or opposites. For example, the magellanic crab It has creamy and voluptuous meat, therefore, its natural pairing would be with a wine with similar characteristics such as Vin d'Orange However, this elegant protein also invites us to work with a wine that offers us a counterpoint, such as a sparkling wine with good complexity and freshness, such as the bubbly Sparkling Rosé.

The other trick is make a geographical pairing. Nature is very wise and makes wines from a certain region naturally harmonize with ingredients and recipes from the same area.

FLAVORS

  • The acidity of the food softens the tannins and brings to our palate the body of the fruit and the sweetness of the wine.
  • The acidity of the wines works like a kind of sword that cuts the greasy or oily sensation of some foods.
  • Salt hides tannins, but at the same time it makes the wine feel less refreshing and more alcoholic. If the wine seems too tannic, simply add a pinch more salt to your dish. And if the recipe is very salty, they have to choose a wine with a very rich and pronounced acidity.
  • Bitter taste makes wines feel more tannic. Thus, when we eat an artichoke or dark chocolate, the bitter perception of tannins increases. Additionally, bitterness diminishes the sensation of fruit in the wine.
  • The umami (present in fermented foods, cooked mushrooms, parmesan cheese and even tomatoes) makes the tannins feel harder. Additionally, they push up the acidity and warming effect of alcohol, toning down the fruit, body and sugar. Many umami dishes are often heavily salted to neutralize this effect. With the umami flavor, a wine also rich in this flavor is very good.
  • Our taste gets used to a sweet taste very quickly.. That is why with desserts it is always recommended that the wine be sweeter than the recipe.
  • A sweet or semi-sweet wine pairs with spicy foods, like Mexican, Indian or Chinese. Spicy foods increase the warming effect of the alcohol in wine.

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