Whether you're new to wine or someone who sticks to their usual Pinot, it's never too late to expand your wine horizon.
Red, white, champagne and sparkling wine offer such distinct flavors — it's important to know which wine compliments certain meals. It's easy to say that we're all "lovers of wine," but perhaps being familiar with each of their unique characteristics and tastes would allow us to us to appreciate each gulp just a little bit more.
Here's our Bijou-approved wine pairing guide to help give you that "wow" factor as soon as you take a bite and a sip!
Red Wine: Go Red with Red
Often times, you will hear the four magic words that fall in the "red" category: Merlot, Cabernet, Malbec and Pinot. Although their aromas and flavors vary independently from each other, they still possess a common mix of full-bodied fruit cherry, plums, clove, cinnamon, pepper, licorice, spices and a hint of oak. Red wine usually pairs excellent with red meat such as beef, lamb chops, duck, filet mignon and prosciutto, but you can also create a lovely cheese plate. Aim for the following selections: Cheddar, ripe brie, gorgonzola, goat cheese along with walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts. Add a hint of extra honey and voila!!
And if you're a dark chocolate lover, try Theo's Organic 85% Pure Dark Chocolate Bar with any Pinot or Port. Your heart (and tummy) will thank you.
White Wine: Go Light with White
When it comes to choosing the whites, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Riesling are the most well-known. Often dry, the mix of citrus lemon, grapefruit and lime along with light fruits like apple, pear and melon still gives off a refreshing taste. It's earthy and nutty flavors normally pair well with grilled white chicken, turkey and seafood dishes such as sea bass, halibut and ceviche.
Got extra room for dessert? Treat yourself with a glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and try it with bread vanilla pudding, apple pie or vanilla sorbet!
Champagne and Sparkling Wine: Feel the Bubbles
There's no need to wait for a fancy, special occasion to pop a bottle of champagne. This food-friendly wine is absolutely versatile and fits well with practically any dish. In fact, the taste is notably better when you partner it with salty items like ham, salami, even french fries! As for its sparkling counterpart, taste the acidic grapes and feel the fizz as you indulge on each sip of Barefoot's Pink Moscato. Enjoy this lovely bubbly with desserts like strawberries with whip cream and fruit tarts!
Now that you're more familiar with wine and food pairings, gather up your girls for a wine tasting date or simply host a wine-tasting party at home. Drink up and devour away!