Oct 05

Learn How To Choose Wine

How To Choose Wine (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Hi! My name is Ernie Paquette, and I’m a certified, first level sommelier, and I’m here to talk to you about how to choose a wine.

So, the next time you find yourself in a liquor store and you’re trying to figure out which wine to choose, consider your audience – who are gonna be your dinner guests? Consider what your food is. High acid wines require fat, so, whether it be a white wine or a red wine that has high acid, you’ll need to – let’s say for white you’ll need to choose perhaps shrimp to be the accompanying dish. And, for huge, tannic malbecs, cabernets, you want meat that’s got some fat in it. A nice, thick steak, short ribs, something to that affect.

I’m not a firm believer in white with fish and red with meats. One of the most incredible pairings I’ve ever tasted was a very expensive chardonnay with a venison dish. The accompanying vegetables and starches have to go along with it, but there are no steadfast rules in the pairing of wines with fish. Tuna, for example, is a fish that can easily be paired with red wines…pinot noir, lighter seras. Mahi mahi is also a fish that can be paired with a red wine. It tends to have a little higher fat content, and pairs well with lighter reds.

Sparkling wines can be paired with, perhaps, an oyster or lobster bisque, is a great pairing. A cremant champagne can be used a a dessert wine! So, there are no hard, fast rules about what wine to pair with what food!



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