Dinners with families and friends are an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your knowledge about fine wines and bring out a bottle of “appropriate” drink. However, it is not always easy to guess the right type of wine for a particular occasion, and there are a lot of factors to be taken into consideration when making this decision. Of course, wine experts and connoisseurs at your local wine gift shop can be of great help, but you could also quickly learn a thing or two about the wine industry and this will allow you to make an informed decision.
Even though a lot of various elements can affect your choice of wine to go along with particular foods, here are the most prominent ones.
As we all know, not all people are the same, and we all love different things. Such is the thing with wines, but the same goes for food as well. Our meals can be highly diverse, and that is why the selection of wines can be a challenging mission. But, the wine industry has established certain “rules” and guidelines which should be followed when pairing certain foods with particular types of wine. Meal characteristics can significantly affect this process, and for example – spicy foods, from Indian or Chinese traditional cuisine, are best paired with wines that are low in alcohol, such as Riesling.
Just as the types of foods are important, the same causative relation can be applied to the types of wine as well. However, there are several general categories of wines in the modern world, but what is even more breathtaking, and even confusing, to some people, is that there are thousands of sub-categories and variations. But, the most prominent types are the most common ones in our nearby shops. This fact does not mean that we do not have a lot of options, and wine can come with various features and characteristics – acidic, dry, rich in tannins, sweet, and so on.
People’s tastes and preferences
Of course, the process of pairing wine with food starts with learning a bit more about what your guests like and what they don’t like. No matter the type of food or the price tag on the bottle – you should always drink the wine that you like! The quality of the wine is not in the name, and whether you prefer Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Chardonnay – everything is down to you and your tastes and preferences.
If you aren’t sure of the preferences of the intended recipient of your stylish wine gift from Corpus Wines you might want to try sending them a mixed case or give us a call and let us know what they normally like to eat and drink and we will help you decide on the perfect pairing.