How to order the best wine when you go out for dinner 101
If you are not a wine connoisseur, it may not be easy to read between the “wines”, understand which wine would satiate your cravings, and give you the experience of heavenly indulgence! Red, white, rosé, or maybe sparkling for you? When you are out for dinner, you wouldn’t want to make “pour” decisions. So, let us help you choose the right wine to satiate your taste buds.
The flavor of wine you choose must compliment your choice of food. Pair your wine and food with ease to avoid anything less than perfection with every sip and bite. Here is how you can order the best wine when you go out for dinner.
Navigate Wine through the Label
- Semi-sweet, Dry, and Sweet Wines: Find these characteristics written on the label? The terms depict the level of residual sugar or sweetness in a wine. So, you can decide which wine to choose based on your personal preference. The grape sugar in dry wine is converted into alcohol in the process of fermentation. The wine with the label sweet will contain residual sugar content, while semi-dry wine will be moderately sweet.
- Tannin: If it is one of the ingredients, it will leave your mouth dry and taste bitter. Red wines generally have high tannin content. Tannin makes the wine taste bitter.
- Acidity:Go with wines with low acidic content to taste its richness. If you want to taste tart and bitter flavors, then try highly acidic wines.
- Alcohol content:High percentage of alcohol in your wine means it will make the back of your mouth and throat warm. Wines with acidic content between 1 and 11% will feel best.
How to Pair a Wine with Different Food Types
- White Wines (light/medium bodied/high level of acidity/fruity flavor)-German dishes, pork, chicken, duck, turkey, cured meat, Thai, Moroccan, Indian, Vietnamese. Try Riesling
- White Wine (light-bodied/mid-level of acidity/floral and sweet flavor)-salads, fish, and light/mild cheeses. Try Pinot Grigio.
- White Wine (medium-bodied/high level of acidity/citrus fruit flavors)-fish, Vietnamese, French dishes, chicken, veal, pork, herb-crusted or nutty cheeses, Mexican. Try Sauvignon Blanc.
- White Whine (medium-bodied/full-bodied/mid-level acidity/fruit flavors)-Lobster, pork, chicken, shrimp, crab, French dishes, mushrooms. Try Chardonnay. Red Wine (light-bodied/fewer tannins/ higher level of acidity/red fruit flavors)-Veal, duck, cured meats, cream sauces, chicken, German dishes, soft and nutty cheeses. Try Pinot Noir.
- Red Wine (medium/full-bodied/low acidity/highly fruity flavors)- Beef, lamb, white cheddar, Mediterranean, American and French dishes.
- Sparkling Wine- The wine can be paired with cheese, sweet bread, buttercream sauce, oysters, salami, foie gras, egg dishes, shellfish shrimp, desserts with fruits like tarts, crepes, honey-focused desserts.
- Rosé Wine- (try sweeter food pairings)-Prosciutto, brie, raspberries, chocolates, smoked salmon.
Hope this information helps you to choose your‘Wine in a Million’.
But what is drinking wine without the perfect wine glass? Wine lovers would agree that a wine glass is as important as the wine itself. If you do not already know the importance of the wine glass, then here is a little experiment for you-
Pour some wine into a regular glass you use for drinking water and pour the same wine into a wine glass. Swirl and feel the difference for yourself. The perfect wine glass can enhance the aroma and taste of wine to the next level. Whereas wine in the regular glass won’t aerate and won’t taste good enough.
Certainly, we cannot stress enough the importance of a wine glass. Want to taste the best of your red and white wines. Got a chance to taste wine with a Palavino wine glass? If you haven’t already then you are missing the true essence of a wine.