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Do the Cardinal Rules of Pairing Food and Wine Work Anymore?

Do the Cardinal Rules of Pairing Food and Wine Work Anymore?

Posted on Dec 12, 2018

Do the Cardinal Rules of Pairing Food and Wine Work Anymore?

If you haven’t thought of the type of wine you take when you have a meal at home or in a restaurant, then that is something you should start thinking about.  In the past, you would hear that you should take red wine with red meat and drink white wine with white meat, but that may not work in some situations.  These days, things have changed and you want to know much about matching food with wine so that you have the best experience when choosing the wine to go with your sumptuous meal.

The ingredients and the way the food is cooked are basic things to know when choosing a wine to accompany your dish. Consider chicken, for instance, you would think that because chicken is white meat you need to have white wine on the table.  However, there are different ways of preparing chicken.  For example, chicken in some creamy mushroom sauce may not go with the same or similar wine to Thai green chicken curry.

Probably, you would want to match the creaminess mushroom sauce with some smooth dry white wine like Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc. For a chicken like Coq Au Vin, you can choose a wine that is similar to the one used to cook it and traditionally this chicken is prepared using red burgundy.  If you are taking Thai curry, you can go with something that is aromatic like a Riesling or a Pinot Gris.

Another thing to look at when choosing a wine to accompany your dish is whether it’s a light dish or some intensely flavored one.  For example, fish stew is heavily cooked while meat dishes can be light like Steak Tartare.  In this case, you may consider pairing light-bodied wines with lightly cooked or raw dishes and having full-bodied wines going with the intensely flavored dishes like grilled or roast foods.  A seared tuna steak can go with a red.  So, you can see that although fish is white meat, it can go with red wine if it is intensely flavored.

Now that you know something about matching wines with food, why not plan your next dinner outing at Keegan Real Irish Pub and sample the delicious menu offers with your favorite wine.