Wine and food matching is the process of pairing food dishes with wine to enhance the dining experience. Today there are multiple sources for detailed guidelines and tips on food and wine pairing, but many wine drinkers select wine pairings based on instinct or the mood of the meal. The subjective nature of taste makes it possible to drink any kind of wine with any kind of food and have an enjoyable experience.
In many cultures, wine has had a long history of being a staple at the dinner table and in some ways both the winemaking and culinary traditions of a region will have evolved together over the years. The modern “art” of food pairings is a relatively recent phenomenon, fostering an industry of books and media with guidelines for pairings of particular foods and wine. In the restaurant industry, sommeliers (wine waiters) are often present to make food pairing recommendations for the guest.
The main concept behind pairings is that textures and flavours, in both food and wine, react differently to each other and finding the right combination of these elements will make the entire dining experience more enjoyable. However, taste and enjoyment are very subjective and what may be a “textbook perfect” pairing for one taster could be less enjoyable to another.
Most food and wine experts believe that the most basic element of food and wine pairing is understanding the balance between the “weight” of the food and the weight or body of the wine. Heavy, robust wines like Cabernet Sauvignon can overwhelm light delicate dish like a quiche while light bodied wines like Pinot grigio would be similarly overwhelmed by a hearty stew. Beyond weight, flavours and textures can either be contrasted or complemented. From there a food and wine pairing can also take into consideration the sugar, acid, alcohol and tannins of the wine and how they can be accentuated or minimized when paired with certain types of food.
Here at the Golden Ox on the Redcliffe Peninsula, we have an extensive wine selection sourced from only the best wineries throughout Australia, and I am currently working on expanding our selection even further. Our experienced team will help you decide upon the perfect wine to complement your delicious dish.