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Don't know a pinot grigio from a cabernet sauvignon? Don't worry - we're here to help! With this quick and easy guide, you can impress a date, show off for your friends or just enhance your own eating pleasure by learning which wines pair well with different kinds of foods. It's not as tough as you might think! Ready?
First: White wines.
The white wine family includes pinot grigio (also known as pinot gris), chardonnay and riesling, among others. White wines are known for being light, herbaceous and zesty, with hints of citrus and a sweet, palatable taste. Some whites are "dry" - that is, not sugary or sweet - while others are much sweeter, even syrupy. Aged whites, like aged chardonnays, can even take on a buttery or oaky taste.
White wines traditionally go with lighter meals, like poultry and fish. If it tastes good with lemon, odds are it'll taste delicious with a citrusy white wine. Pair white wines with salmon, halibut, sea bass, crab, lobster, roast chicken and even pork tenderloin. White wine also goes well with fruit, like strawberries, grapes and melon. It's also a perfect accompaniment to salads!
Second: Red wines.
Red wines, like cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, shiraz (or syrah) and merlot, are much more full-bodied than their white counterparts. Red wines are red because the grapes are processed with the skins still on, which gives the drink its traditional color as well as its strong, bitter taste. Red wine is often noted for having berry flavors, especially in its sweeter varieties. Deeper red wines often have notes of cinnamon, spice, pepper and even tobacco.
Because it's so flavorful, red wine is best alongside a dish that can really stand on its own. Steaks of all varieties, from filet mignon to New York strip, all pair excellently with a great red wine - as does duck and strong appetizers, like bacon-wrapped dates.
Of course, pairing wines with foods is first and foremost an exercise in personal taste. If you prefer your steaks with white wine and your salads with red, then who's to say you're wrong? Experiment with different flavors to find out what you like best, and never be afraid to try a new wine. You never know what you'll discover. And, with a 4Seasonwine promotion code, you don't have empty your wallet becoming a sommelier. Loving wine is as affordable as it is fun!