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In Vino Veritas : In Vino Veritas Preview
True or False: White wine is to be drunk goes with beef, and sweet wines go with desserts, period, and to do it any other way is courting a visit from the Wine Police. The answer is False, but the truth is that until a couple decades ago this is how people decided what to drink with dinner. Thankfully, our minds have broadened. The current thinking is that since food can be every bit as complex as wine, the options for creating rich pairings are staggering. And it cannot be stressed enough: a -- maybe nobody else on the planet likes Champagne with liverwurst, but you happen to If there is a rule of thumb it would be either contrast. For example, a dish with citrus would be complemented by a fruity wine; a hearty stew would go well with a full-bodied wine; sole, would be in good company with a dry, crisp wine. Whereas a rich cream sauce would contrast nicely with a highly acidic dry wine; and a simple snack of bread and cheese would turn positively ambrosial when paired with a complex full-bodied red. The best advice of all is to experiment, open-mindedly, and frequently. What follows are some truths about how wine can react with food: • A wine high in tannins (Bordeaux, for instance) mated with a food high in tannins (like walnuts) will render the wine almost undrinkably dry and astringent. • Protein tends to calm tannins, so a very tannic wine might be rendered glorious when enjoyed with rare beef. example - will be overwhelmed by a full- bodied red wine. By the same token, a hearty lasagna will virtually cancel out a dry, medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc. giving food a layer it didn't start out with. • Some wine and food combinations result in and is not meant to be, metal for instance. Try white turkey meat with red Bordeaux if you doubt this. • Tannic wines make sweet foods taste less sweet; salty foods emphasize tannin. • Salty foods mute the sweetness and enhance the fruitiness of a sweet wine. • Wines that are high in acid taste less acidic with salty or sweet food; acidic wines also can offset oily foods. Remember - any combination you enjoy is a good combination! 14 FOOD & WINE PAIRING FOOD AND WINE Delicious Available at leading Newsagencies or by Subscription at www.deliciousmagazine.com.au
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