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The Best Food And Wine Pairings, According To Culinary Experts  

Food And Wine Pairing

As National Wine Day [May 25th] approaches, culinary experts from meal kit delivery service, HelloFresh, have delved into the realm of delicious wine and food pairings, presenting a tantalising selection for all wine enthusiasts to enjoy.

Mimi Morley, Senior Recipe Development Manager at HelloFresh said “Drinks can significantly influence your dining experience and many people often overlook the importance of selecting the right one to accompany their dishes.

“Wine has the potential to elevate the taste and flavours of your food. Take, for example, my personal favourite when preparing creamier dishes like carbonara or roasted chicken dishes. I always opt for a buttery Sauvignon Blanc because its oak and fruity notes beautifully complete the richness of the dish.

If you’re celebrating National Wine Day this year, make use of our recommendations to ensure you choose the perfect one to complement your meal! And while you indulge in your drinks, please remember to do so responsibly, ensuring that you find enjoyment while maintaining moderation.”

White 

A crisp and tangy Sauvignon Blanc can effortlessly balance the indulgent flavours of fatty fish such as salmon and tuna, creating a pleasing contrast of tastes and refreshing the palate. This adaptable white wine also pairs particularly well with green vegetables, like broccoli, asparagus, and sprouts, elevating their flavours and adding an extra layer of enjoyment to your dining experience.

A light bodied Pinot Grigio perfectly complements the flavours of delicate seafood and light salads.

Chardonnay proves to be an excellent match for creamy pasta dishes, as its inherent characteristics complement the richness of the sauce. Additionally, grilled chicken and roasted turkey find a delightful partner in this versatile white wine. The indulgent allure of lobster and buttery seafood is beautifully complemented by Chardonnay. 

Rosè

Rosè wine, known for its subtle and refreshing taste, complements lighter foods such as summer salads and grilled salmon. Opt for salads incorporating mixed greens, strawberries, and goat cheese, as the wine’s acidity complements well with the crisp flavours of these dishes.

The adaptability of rosè wine makes it an ideal partner to Mediterranean cuisine. It pairs wonderfully with grilled vegetables, Greek recipes such as mezze platters, as well as dishes like stuffed peppers. The wine’s acidity and light-bodied nature enhances the herbs and spices found in Mediterranean cuisine. 

The delicate sweetness of rosè wine also serves to counterbalance the spiciness of certain dishes. Its refreshing characteristics cool the palate while simultaneously adding a layer of complexity to the flavours found in the likes of Thai curry and many Indian curry dishes.

Red 

Robust red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon beautifully enhance hearty dishes like steak, lamb and aged cheeses. Similar to this, Shiraz is an excellent pairing for aged blue cheeses, as well as grilled or barbeque delicacies like sausages and ribs. Additionally, it effortlessly complements a wide range of spicy or smoky dishes, making it a versatile choice.

On the other hand, Pinot Noir thrives when paired with roast poultry, particularly duck and is matched with earthy vegetables like mushrooms and beetroot.

When it comes to Merlot, it pairs well with roast chicken dishes or turkey, showcasing its ability to complement the succulent flavours of poultry. Additionally, it pairs perfectly with tomato-based pasta dishes, lending its smooth and rounded taste to the vibrant flavours of the sauce.

Sparkling

Sparkling wine and Champagne are incredibly versatile when it comes to food pairings. They effortlessly complement a wide range of dishes, from oysters and shellfish to salmon and bruschetta. These sparkling wines also pair nicely with light pastas and risottos, especially those featuring citrusy or creamy sauces. The wine’s lively bubbles and acidity nicely enhance these flavours without overpowering them.

Experimentation is encouraged and the best food and wine pairings ultimately depend on your personal preference. So next time you cook, get creative and discover your own favourite pairings! 

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