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Your Guide to Red Wine Food Pairing

Which should you choose?

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Planning a gathering where red wine is the guest of honor? Explore the best snacks and dishes to serve in this red wine food pairing guide. 

You’re sitting there in a beautiful and elegant restaurant. The waiter comes to take your order, then asks what you would like to drink with your meal. You want to order a nice bottle of wine, but you’re not sure what to ask for. 

They’re looking at you expectantly, but how can you choose from that long list? And how can you know if your meal is better with a white or with a red wine food pairing? 

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading and you won’t ever look like an amateur wine lover again.  

What Wines Go With What Foods? 

When it comes to choosing your wine at dinnertime, you don’t have to be a master sommelier. But there are a few rules you should follow when choosing which wine to order with your dinner.  

First, should you order red or white? Whereas red meats and heavy cheeses are foods that go with red wine best. For the lighter meat choices, such as chicken and fish, you are better off choosing a white wine. 

In general, you should choose a wine that is more acidic and sweeter than the food you’re ordering. So, with your sweet dessert, you will need to go sweeter with a lovely and airy Moscato d’Asti.  

And since white wine is usually more acidic it’s better paired with a low acidic based food. So, in this example, if you’re ordering a chicken fettuccine meal which is a very low acidic food, these are ideal red wine foods. So, you will want to order a Pinot Grigio or a Sauvignon Blanc. 

What Are the Best Red Wine Food Pairing Choices? 

Foods that go well with red wine include a slice of heavy red meat or a highly acidic dinner choice. So, if you’re ordering a filet mignon or a chicken parmesan, you will want to choose a Barbera or Cabernet Sauvignon. 

To truly find what wines you like best, it is suggested you go on a wine tasting tour. These can be a fun and valuable experience for you to learn about your personal tastes.  

Wine choices can be a personal experience, you will want to experiment until you find the right pairings for you.  

So first, you need to learn the rules. Then have fun experimenting with a few different foods to eat with red wine.  

Eventually, you’ll feel more confident to start breaking the rules. In the end, the fun part is enjoying a fine bottle of wine with friends over a leisurely meal. 

Good Wine With Good Food 

In the end, we all know that the pleasures of life include enjoying good wine with good food and good friends. So, once you find your favorite red wine-food pairing, enjoy it regardless of if it breaks the rules or not. 

From bold and zesty reds to the light and sweet whites, a perfect wine is the perfect pairing for your meal. So whether you ordered spaghetti at your favorite Italian restaurant or you’re looking for something chilled to go with dessert, you know just what to ask for.  

For more on this and many more thrilling topics, read more articles on our blog. 

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