Creating the perfect food and wine pairing sounds like a daunting task. Thankfully, there are three categories of wine that pair with nearly every dish imaginable. From fresh seafood to rich poultry dishes and an array of spicy cuisines in between, turn to one of these three styles when trying to make an impeccable match of food and vino.
Aside from being festive, fizzy and downright delicious, sparkling wine is one of the most versatile wines to put on the table. The naturally high acidity is great for cutting through rich, heavy sauces while complementing the crisp, salty nature of fresh seafood and salads. Bubbles also make it the perfect pre-dinner choice to get your appetite going. As for dessert, a flute of demi-sec or doux sparkling wine will have you covered.
For a stellar pairing, try with: Beer Battered Fish Tacos or Swiss Cheese Fondue
Although often called a “less serious” category of wine, rosé is one of the most complex and wide-ranging categories on the market, due to the array of grape varieties and production methods used. Dry rosé’s crisp acidity, low levels of tannins and overall refreshing flavor profile make it the perfect match for a variety of foods.
For a stellar pairing, try with: Heirloom Tomato and Ricotta Tart
Perhaps the world’s misunderstood grape, Riesling produces some of the most versatile wines out there, thanks to its high acid and diverse range of styles. Bottles range from bone-dry to extremely sweet, making them a solid go-to for every course of your meal. Rieslings with a noticeable amount of residual sugar are ideal for serving with spicy flavor profiles, particularly ones found in Asian and Indian cuisines.
For a stellar pairing, try with: Chicken Wontons with Chili Sauce