Mixing Wine With Food: The Right Way
Wine has been mixed with food for centuries. The food and wine pair is known to increase the enjoyment of both the meal and the wine and it will increase the overall eating experience by a significant margin. Although mixing food and wine is not exactly a science still there is lot to wine and food than just the combination of red meat with red wine and chicken with white wine.
The main thing you should remember about mixing food and wine together is that you should always take care not to let one element's power overcome the other. Food and wine should work together as team, meaning that each taste should complement the other instead of trying to beat it. If you are trying a light dish, it won’t be a very good idea to try a fuller-bodied wine with it as the taste of the wine will overpower the food. Light food should be paired with lighter wines and vice versa. If you fail to realize this fact, you will most definitely end up overwhelming the taste of either the food or the wine.
Another important element to note about the food is its acidity level. Dishes that are more acidic in nature tend to blend well with wines that are also acidic in nature. Similarly dishes with less acidic quantities go well with less acidic wines. For instance, Chianti would be best served with a tomato sauce dish as the wine is less acidic.
You should also consider the tannin amount of a wine. The tannin amount is basically the element that leaves your mouth a dry feeling. Wines that are high on tannin should be mixed with fatty and juicy foods like beef stakes as the tannins easily dissolve the beef because of its dry characteristics.
A lot of people have difficulties mixing wine with Asian food. The most obvious reason for this is that Asian foods are very strong in flavor and high on spices. The tannin or the acid in the wines does not go well Asian foods. But if you still remember some basic guidelines, you will have no problem in mixing wine with Asian food as well. For starters, you should try out some of the high-acidic white wines with a variety of Asian dishes. White wine is known to work best with Asian food. If you have good food, good wine and good company, everything will mix together perfectly.