How to Choose A Fine Wine To Go With A Meal

The majority of people choose a wine by the type they feel like drinking at the time, rather than the type of wine that will go with the meal and food type they are going to be serving the wine with. If you choose the right wine to go with the meal, it can enhance the flavours greatly. Although fine wine sellers can help you choose a wine, here’s our guide on what to pair together.

Choosing a Wine to go with Fish

White wine is always the best wine to pair with fish, however if you fancy something different a Tempranillo is the perfect red to pair with meaty fish steaks such as swordfish and tuna. Salmon is quite difficult to pair with wine, but Chardonnay is usually the best choice. Dover Sole is wonderful with good full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc – ask your local fine wine sellers for their recommendation.

Choosing a Wine to go with Lamb and Beef

Red wine is always the best choice with red meat, as the rich flavours complement each other wonderfully. Roast beef and steak pair well with a Cabernet Sauvignon, while a Rioja is a great choice for shepherd’s pie. A lighter beef dish such as Spaghetti Bolognese or casserole goes very well with a young, fruity Merlot. The wine choice for roast lamb is very similar to beef; preferably a Cabernet Sauvignon or Rioja.

Choosing a Wine to go with Poultry and Pork

Although it’s classed as a red meat, pork is a lighter dish than beef and lamb, so it therefore requires a lighter wine. Dry whites are perfect for any pork dish, but ask your fine wine sellers for some help if you get stuck. Chianti goes exceptionally well with Pork Sausages and Riesling is best for a Roast Pork or Pork Casserole meal.

Moving on to Poultry; Chicken pairs really with both Rioja and Chardonnay, whereas Turkey and Duck both need a soft, fruity red, such as a young Pinot Noir or Merlot.

Choosing a Wine to go with Pasta and Rice

A good quality Chianti is the ideal choice for tomato-based Pasta dishes, whereas for cream-based pasta dishes which are heavier than tomato-based sauces, a light Pinto Grigio will be a wonderful accompaniment, although Sauvignon Blanc also works well with creamy pastas. Rice typically goes well with a white Rioja or even a Prosecco or rose wine – again, it’s probably best to ask your local fine wine sellers as it will all depend on what they stock.

Choosing a Wine to go with Curry

Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling pair very well with mild curries, whilst medium-spiced curries are fabulous with a much richer and full-bodied Chardonnay. For hot and spicy curries with lamb or beef as the main ingredient, a Merlot or Malbec would be perfect and really bring out the flavours of the meat and spices.

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