For the Foodies
There is really is no reason to wait for a special occasion to experiment with new flavors. For one-stop shopping, check out Please Say Cheese, an international cheese shop located on site at Waterford Wine & Spirits. Grand Wine and Spirits has five locations in southeastern Connecticut, including the Waterford store. And while cheese and chocolate are divine, it’s good to have a reliable resource of wine and food pairings at your fingertips when planning dinner or special gatherings. Grand Wine and Spirits’ expansive website hosts a simple but informative, user-friendly guide to food and wine pairings – including vegetarian pairings and game pairings – even fried chicken!
• Steak: “It is important to think about the cut of steak you’ll be having for dinner. Leaner cuts such as eye of round, sirloin or round roasts will work best with light to mediumbodied red wines. If you are having a fattier cut, such as filet mignon, porterhouse or rib eye, you will want a bold red with high tannins.”
• Burgers: “If you make the patty the star of your burger and have minimal toppings, a red meat-friendly wine like a cabernet sauvignon works well. If you are making a big, bold burger, try a Malbec. It has a more robust flavor to stand up to all your toppings! Want a white wine with your burger? Try a chardonnay. It will work well with most toppings and the acidity helps cut through the fattiness of the meat and cheese.”
• Steamed Clams: “Light, briny shellfish go best with delicate, light white wines. Bubbly wines are always a safe bet when you aren’t sure what to pair with seafood.”
• Tofu: “Soft tofu dishes are generally very subtle in flavor working best with a light-bodied, clean white wines. With firm or dry tofu dishes, you want acidic wines to accentuate the texture of the tofu.”
• White Sauce (pasta): “Cream sauces can be paired with lots of different options. Like with other meals, keep in mind what kind of sauce. Is it peppery? Try a Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz. Is it cheesy? Try a medium-bodied red like a pinot noir. Is it a yoghurt sauce? Try a rose.”
For lots more details and great ideas, visit grandwineandspirits.com/food-pairing/