Everybody loves wine. It is a fact. In 2011 almost 3 billion cases of wine were sold world-wide. That figure equates to an astonishing 40 billion bottles! So the facts are in and it is undeniable that the world continues its love affair with this ancient tipple, but how many of those out there who are consuming these vast vats of vino really know how to enjoy it properly. It is a simple enough task to uncork, or even untwist, a bottle, but there is an art to enjoying wine that most people are unfamiliar with. Below is a quick collation on some of the best ways to really start taking advantage of your glass when enjoying it over lunch or dinner.
Melon and prosciutto and dry Muscat: The Muscat is traditionally of a strong grapey character with a powerful perfume that naturally complements melon and this fruity combination acts as the perfect counterpoint to the saltiness of the prosciutto.
Pinot Grigio and Seafood Tostada Bites: Almost all light seafood plates will accompany perfectly the Pinot Grigio, or a Chablis from France. Both the food and the sweet sips of this household classic take on a new found flavour and refinement when put together.
Sparkling Shiraz with saucy short ribs served with Gorgonzola croquettes: It is often in the unexpected where the best combinations are to be found. This unusual but intriguing combination of apparent mismatches is absolutely dazzling when all married together, with each element seeming to play and add to the next. Amazing!
Rioja and Lamb Stew: A more likely but no less exciting combination for those who truly wish to enjoy their food and drink in cohorts. A classic Rioja, especially a Reserva or Gran Reserva, with its light touches of strawberry and its heavy doses of vanilla and tannin will literally melt in the mouth when coupled with an authentically simple, but delicious, lamb stew.
Champagne and White Fish: For many Champagne is an exclusive little tipple often drunk in celebration and not necessarily around a dining table. For those with the taste and budget to serve this delicacy with food then there are sublime moments awaiting when matched with softly seasoned white fish. The intertwining delights of the soft and the fresh, the lemony and the crisp…Wonderful!
The selections above are simply a guideline. The overriding rule must always be to enjoy both the key elements of what it is you are eating or drinking. Forcing combinations that you don’t enjoy, no matter how perfect they may be considered by others, just won’t work. Ultimately taste is subjective and there is never any reason to ruin what is one of life’s true pleasures just to experiment with something your instincts already know will not work for you. However, do not be afraid to be brave from time to time, the delights that may await you are truly immense!
This article was contributed by Wine Investments – Global Fine Wine Trader