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.
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!
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:
Photo: Rose Gallagher
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 »