Wine and Food Pairings for Beginners

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It's not just a fad when you see people ordering quality wines with their meals. Our taste buds are powerful and when wine is paired with certain meats, it enhances the flavor. Wine culture is very intricate and extensive but we want to get you started with the basics. Here are a few wine and meat pairings that you can try with your meal.

Chicken or Turkey: These two poultry's are pretty easy going. Chicken and turkey is something that is made in most American homes. It's also versatile when it comes to wine as well. This is because some parts of the poultry contains white meat and other parts contain dark meat. An easy way to remember what goes with what is that white wine goes with white meat and red wine goes with dark meat. That's a good and easy way to get you started.

Pork: Pork can contain a hidden sweetness to it. Knowing this you should opt for a more medium wine that contains fruit such as a Riesling or Chardonnay.

Lamb: Lamb is one friendly meat because it pairs well with just about anything. However, one of our favorite ways to enjoy lamb is to pair it with a nice mature Rioja. This is a divine and tasteful experience that you will enjoy.

Steak: When it comes to steak you want to get a good red wine. Try a nice quality cabernet sauvignon or a merlot. Both of these wines contain what is called a Bordeaux grape that enhances the flavor of the steak. If you are totally against red wine then you should opt for a pinot grigio instead.

Fish: For the most part fish is extremely light. You don't want anything to overpower the taste of your delicious fish. This is why you want to get a light and crisp white wine to drink while eating your fish. Opt for something like a pinot or a blanc.

This is just a simple list to get you started in the wine and meat pairing world. Be sure to try it and take your food experience on a whole new journey.

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