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How Does It Work?

Knowing the basics of food and wine pairing, and how to make simple modifications to balance tastes, will make all the difference in the enjoyment of a meal.
When food and wine tastes good together, it means that the flavors, tastes and textures are in balance. They can be similar’ - imagine a coffee-rubbed steak with a lush Cabernet that has some chocolate and coffee notes,for they can be quite different, such as a rich, tomato-caper cream sauce with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. The Cabernet complements the steak, while the Sauvignon Blanc cuts through the richness of the cream sauce. In both cases, the pairing works!

Photo: Rose Gallagher
Knowing the basics of food and wine pairing, and how to make simple modifications to balance tastes, will make all the difference in the enjoyment of a meal. Learning how to do this is what the Perfect Match is all about. The following pages explain the three basic steps:

Balancing Weights: Making sure the 'weight' food and the wine are similar.

Creating Flavor Connections & Bridges: Choosing flavors in your food that complement or mirror flavors present in the wine.

Balancing Tastes: Fine-tuning the final dish by using simple ingredients from your cupboard (the approach I used with the coffee grounds and Chianti).

Balancing Weights »