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AS I’ve always said, balance is the key to matching wines with food. The weight or body, or richness – of both the food and the wine. The wine and the dish should be equal partners, with neither taking over the other. If you balance the two by weight, the chance increase that the pairing will succeed. This is the secret behind many wine-and-food matches.
Wines for White Meats, Poultry, Fish
Chardonnay – Sole, Flounder, Salmon, Shellfish, Snapper, Poultry, Pheasant, Pork, Roast Chicken
Chenin Blanc – Flounder, Sole, Shell fish, Poultry, Pheasant, Pork, Roast Chicken
Pinot Grigio - Sole, Flounder, Salmon, Shellfish, Pork, Veal, Poultry Riesling – Sole, Flounder, Shell fish, Pork, Poultry.
Sauvignon Blanc – Sole, Flounder, Shell Fish, Poultry.
Wines for Red and Game Meats
Beaujolais – Quail, Venison, Pork, Beef, Veal, Poultry, Wild duck, Goose, Partridge, Pheasant
Cabernet Sauvignon – Lamb, Duck, Beef, Wild Boar. Chianti/Sangiovese - Kangaroo, Quail, Venison, Lamb, Duck, Poultry, Wild duck, Goose, Partridge, Pheasant
Pinot Noir – Pork, Lamb, Veal, Duck, Poultry, Kangaroo.
Shiraz / Syrah - Wild Boar, Lamb, Duck, Beef,
Tempranillo – Beef, Lamb, Duck,
What wine to pick with dessert?
There are three factors to consider: acidity, intensity and sweetness. In general, as the colours of the dessert get darker, the wines should get darker.
Wine to Drink with Desserts – Some suggestions:
Any dessert with Chocolate – Cabernet Sauvignon.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Pinot Noir.
Brownies – Merlot.
Vanilla Cake – Chardonnay.
Cheesecake – Riesling.
Chocolate Matching – Everyone’s favourite
Milk chocolate - sweet Riesling or dessert wines.
Dark chocolate - Merlot or Petit Syrah.
Dark semisweet chocolate - Merlot or Pinot Noir.
Dark bittersweet chocolate - Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel
It is the festive season and those chocolate-dipped strawberries are perfect with Rose Champagne. In the end, the right choice depends on personal taste, the mood of the day, and of course try to experiment with matches because it’s all about the food and wine. Have a great summer!
Dovetails Restaurant’s Coconut Panacotta dessert.