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Ironically, on a scale from driest to sweetest, sparking wine or champagne is labeled as follows:
Natural (Brut Nature)- Driest
Wine and Food Pairings- Traditional wisdom on pairing wine with food dictates that white wine pairs well with white meats and red wine with red meats. In recent years, more creative sommeliers (the person in charge of wines at a restaurant) have shown that this rule is not always necessary or even correct. The sauce and the preparation of the food are most important to wine pairing, and many different wines may work well with a certain dish. In general though, the best rule of thumb is to try and match more delicate flavors with lighter wine like Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc, hearty cream flavors with medium bodied wines like Chardonnay and Merlot, and thicker meaty or spicy flavors with fuller wines like Syrah.
When reading through these suggestions of wine and food pairings, keep in mind that there are no set rules.
Zinfandel- roast beefs
Syrah- beef stews, barbecue
Cabernet Sauvignon- steak
CheeseRiesling- most cheeses
Sauvignon Blanc- earthier cheeses
Cabernet Sauvignon- dark chocolate
Muscat/Moscato- sweeter desserts
Riesling- most desserts
Fish and Seafood
Chardonnay- Richer seafood dishes and most shellfish
Cabernet Sauvignon- roast lamb
Pinot Noir- chops
Sangiovese- great for most pasta dishes
Barberra- especially good with lasagna
Barberra- most tomato sauces
Syrah- spiced meats and sausages on pizza
Chardonnay- grilled chicken and cream sauce chickens
Pinot Grigio- turkey
Merlot- grilled chicken, barbecue
Syrah- Duck or other fowl
Pinot Noir- tenderloin, sausage
Zinfandel- roast pork and garlicky dishes
Pinot Grigio- for salads and vegetables with creamy sauces or dressings
Use every glass of wine you have as a reason to practice your skills. How does it smell? What notes can you identify? What is its color? How does it taste? Really think about it. Don't just drink it, taste it.
Taste with friends
Why not make wine tasting a social event. Wine should be enjoyed in company and this is a great way to both develop your hobby and mix with friends. If you can find people share your enthusiasm for grape juice all the better. Meeting regularly or semi-regularly is a good enough reason to club together and enjoy some fine bottles.