Pairing food and wine is stressed about too often. People even debate about it. While it’s often true that people don’t necessarily abide by rules anymore, when it comes to something as subjective as taste then what’s correct really only depends on your personal preferences. If you are planning to go on Wine Tours with your family and friends, knowing how to pair foods with wine will make the experience that much more enjoyable!
It’s important to remember that because each dish doesn’t have just one component, pairing can be complicated sometimes. There’s a lot to think about. In this post, some well-established, dependable combinations are listed for you to try out first. Check them out below.
- Pepper Steak
Steak au poivre or pepper steak is a very famous French recipe for beef. The preparation is quite simple; you marinate your beef in wine or with olive oil until tender – about twenty minutes, and cut it into pieces. Then you slice them, and serve the steak with your favorite sauce or a mixture of sauces to complement the meat. The most famous sauce to accompany steak au poivre is the red wine sauce. This is usually served with your steak cooked medium rare. There is also the option to cook the steak with white wine. This offers a truly unique and delicious taste.
A wine also worth trying with pepper steak is the Malbec wine. Finding a guide to Malbec wine is essential if you want to really enjoy what such a kind of wine can bring to the table.
- Chocolate Fondue
One of the most delicious and popular desserts around is a chocolate fondue. While there are different recipes for this particular treat, a basic chocolate fondue usually consists of melted dark, white or milk chocolate. If you want to make it a lot easier, you should use a double boiler. Melt the chocolate first, then add the milk or white chocolate depending on the recipe. If using milk chocolate, then you should pour about a quarter-cup of milk into this mixture.
You may also want to add in some fresh fruits and other delicious items. These may include whipped cream, nuts, strawberries, raisins, or even almonds. Chocolate fondue is best paired with a rich Shiraz wine, which you’ll find at any wine festival worth its tannins.
- Chicken With Creamy Mushroom
If you’ve never tried this dish then you’re really missing out, but when you do, keep in mind that it can be paired with a great tasting wine. It’s best to have a crisp, fruity white wine with this dish. Rose wine is also a good option.
Chicken with creamy mushroom sauce consists of chicken, mushrooms, cream, parsley, sage, and thyme. The best way to cook the chicken is by frying, but it will require the use of a heavy skillet. Once your chicken is done, you can then add the mushrooms and cream. You should be able to smell the mushroom sauce from the chicken before it has a chance to cool down. When you taste this dish with the wine, they will complement and enhance each other’s flavors and aromas, and provide for an excellent dining experience.
- Roasted Oysters
Roasting oysters are best done in the oven. This will make it easier to remove the skin from the oysters and get to the flesh. If you don’t have a large enough oven, you can use a skillet or an electric skillet to grill the oysters. It may not be the easiest way to prepare the meat, but it will provide you with a more evenly roasted result. The key here is not to let the heat get too high. If you burn the meat, it will taste really bad.
Some people like to add a little salt and lemon to their seafood to give it a more appealing taste, but this is entirely up to you. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Roasted Oysters are best paired with bubbly or fruity, slightly sweet wines such as Champagne.
- Country French Beef Stew
This dish is often referred to as Cajun food, and is usually served with rolls and coleslaw potatoes. The beef is marinated in onions, garlic, celery, and parsley, and the rest of the ingredients are usually made up of other items such as chicken, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and green onions. The dish is often topped with a dressing of white wine and mayonnaise, which make up a traditional Southern sauce that’s commonly used on chicken, beef and pork dishes.
This dish is incredibly tasty; it can be eaten either as a main meal or a specifically luxurious lunch. Many people enjoy it for its simplicity and taste. In fact, it can be done very easily in a slow or pressure cooker, if you have one of these. You can make this dish just as it is or you can add some of your own favorite ingredients and seasonings.
French beef stew is best paired with a spicy red wine, which will complement its strong flavor.
- Roasted Red Pepper Lasagna
Roasted red pepper lasagna can be made at home quite easily, and is one of the best dishes on this list in terms of effort and reward. You can boil the red peppers, cut them up however you want and add whatever you like to them. For example, if you’re making a sweet version of roasted red pepper lasagna, you could use a little pepper, sugar and cream cheese.
This is also a great dish for a party, because most people love red peppers and they’ll certainly love roasted red pepper lasagna – especially when paired with a classic Chianti wine.
Matching various foods and wines is something of an art form. Naturally, wine and food can both be enjoyed on their own, as if you’re reading this then I’m sure you’re a fan of both. However, many would agree that to get the most out of each, they should be tried as a pair.
Of course, the foods discussed in this post are only some of the many choices waiting to be tried; don’t be discouraged if you don’t immediately find the best combinations out there. All the fun of it is in trial and error, and when you finally hit that perfect pair, you’ll know it.