WINE PAIRING FOR BEGINNERS
Here is a quick guide to pairing food with a few popular types of white wines for those who are new to the realm of wines.
There are two types of Chardonnay, oaked and unoaked. In California most of the Chardonnay is put into oak barrels to age, this gives the wine a more buttery taste. Oaked These Chardonnays will have warm flavors such as caramel, vanilla, and of course butter, but they can also have citrus flavors in them. Oaked Chardonnay is low in acidity and is considered an extremely sweet wine.
Another attribute that makes all Chardonnay have a creamier consistency than other wines is the way the grapes are fermented. The special type of fermentation creates an acid that is similar to the kind in milk, causing a silkier texture.
Because of Chardonnays creamier texture and buttery flavor, it pairs well with most seafood. Halibut, trout, lobster, crab, and oysters are just a few examples.
Lighter cheeses such as goat cheese or cheddar are great with Chardonnay.
Dishes with pumpkin and squash pair well with Chardonnay because of their creamier flavor. pumpkin ravioli in a cream sauce is the perfect dish for an oaky Chardonnay.
Temecula is the only place in southern California that grows Pinot Grigio, the type of Pinot Grigio grown there is referred to as Pinot Gris, it has a dry and fruity taste. These wines often have the aroma of apple and peach in them. Pinot Gris goes through the same special type of fermentation as Chardonnay to make it taste a little less acidic.
Pinot Gris is dry and aromatic because of the sunny climate it is grown in. Pinot Gris always has a fruity taste and is highly acidic. Fruit flavors in this wine often include sour fruits such as lemon, lime, and green apple.
Extremely fresh and light meals are the way to go with this wine. Meals that do not incorporate many cooked items go well with Pinot Gris; ceviche, fresh salads, and sushi are all great matches.
Any light meat or light fish pair well with Pinot Gris, lightly crusted tilapia is a good option. Ad a side of summer vegetables such as cucumber, white beans, or kale and your meal is complete. If you are looking for cheese to pair with this, just make sure it is a softer cheese such as Muenster.
This is the most widely produced wine in the world because it can have such versatile taste. The full range of flavors can go from very sour to very floral. What makes Sauvignon Blanc unique is the botanic flavors such as grass or bell pepper. Sauvignon Blanc often has a more tropical taste than other wines such as kiwi, passion fruit or guava. This wine is dry and highly acidic.
Similar to most white wines, Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with most white meat and fish. Thyme and sesame crusted halibut is a tasty match for this wine, or goat cheese stuffed chicken breasts. Sauvignon Blanc tastes great with cream dishes
As for vegetables, less acidic dishes are the way to go. An asparagus quiche or a white bean and zucchini casserole are good matches.
When pairing with cheese the cheeses should be on the more sour side, such as goat cheese. Because a sour taste will match the wines flavor, even yogurt is a good match. A cucumber dill and yogurt salad is something that pairs great with Sauvignon Blanc.