Food and wine do not always go together. In reality, some people state that”food and wine are one” and sometimes they’re correct. If you come to a decision that food and wine do not mix then it is more likely because your palate and the preferences of the others around you have a massive impact on how your experience with wine and food is. The two tastes can be complementary to one another, but if you choose wine and food together you are going to want to follow a few simple rules.
The first rule is evident: feel things. The gap between two dishes that include very similar textures could be slight, but the contrasts can be enormous. As an example, you would not pair a bit of white bread. The butter will overpower the small bite of white bread. The texture of this bread has to contrast sharply with the texture of this wine.
The second principle to wine and food pairing is comparison. In case your initial choice of food contains very few contrasting flavors, you might choose to try another mix. By comparison I mean any flavors which are at odds with one another. A perfect example is a creamy cheeseburger with a crispy and crunchy salad.
The tannin and oak treatment another major element in matching wine and food to complement each other. The higher the tannin content, the bolder and more intense the flavor. A glass of wine with a light and crisp flavor might be the perfect fit for a hearty stew. A full bodied red wine with a mellow flavor would not be a good option with a delicate casserole.
The previous rule when matching the tastes and textures of your food and wine is sweetness. A dessert with rich or heavy cream will generally be a better choice than an frosty white wine with a touch of maple or cream. As well, a sweet soup stew with a sweeter flavor like sugar snap peas can go well with a dry or fruity wine. The sweetness of a dish is going to be set by the concentration of tannin, acidity, and sweetness of the wine.
Matching wine and food does not have to be as hard as some people make it out to be. Simply match the flavors and textures that you find appealing. Provided that the general experience is enjoyable, then you have achieved your goal! Enjoy!