the Right Wine
successful combination between food and wine requires thoughtful
judgement and finesse, but it is really not as difficult as
one would suppose.
- A strongly flavoured food should be matched with an intensely
flavoured wine, often red wine with a higher alcoholic content.
- The dominant flavour in the food, such as tangy, rich
or lean, can be matched with wines with corresponding flavours
(like fruity) and weight (for example, light or full-bodied).
- Fatty food goes well with a lean, acidic wine. Avoid serving
full wine with sharp tasting food.
- If a wine is too intense, too sweet, or too acidic for
the dish, it will completely suppress the flavour of the
If the food overpowers the wine, it tastes flat and metallic.
The right wine enhances the flavour of the food and refreshes
the palate for the next bite.
Wine served in the correct way will allow for maximum enjoyment.
Temperature is the most important factor in serving a wine.
- Serve white wines at a cooler temperature.
- Serve red wines from cool to room temperature.
- Sparkling wines should be served the coolest of all wines
- Wine that is served too cold will have a decreased bouquet
(the delicate smell of wine)
- Wine that is too warm will taste dull and harsh.
- Hint: To chill a bottle of wine quickly, immerse
it in a bucket filled with equal amounts of ice and water.
OPENING THE BOTTLE
- Wine bottles are sealed with a natural or artificial cork
which should be unscrewed with care.
- Use a corkscrew, cork puller or air injection device to
remove the cork.
Be careful not to damage the cork or push it into the bottle
during the insertion stage.
- Hold the neck of the bottle at a 45 degree angle with
one hand (with the thumb over the top of the cork) and gently
rotate the bottle with the other hand.
- Before rotating the bottle, hold your hand around the
neck of the bottle for about ten seconds. This will warm
the seal between the bottle and the cork making it easier
to remove the cork.
- When the cork loosens, slowly guide the cork out of the
Wipe the rim of the bottle after pulling out the cork to
remove any residue or cork pieces.
POURING AND SERVING
- Clear wine glasses will bring out the color and clarity
of the wine.
- The wine glass should be filled no more than half-way
to allow for swirling.
- White wine is usually served in tall and oval shaped glasses.
- Red wines are usually served in rounder glasses.
- Sparkling wines, called flutes, are usually served in
slender and narrow glasses so that the area for bubbles
to escape decreases.
- Hold the flute at an angle and slowly pour the wine to
decrease the amount of "foam" that appears in
STORING OPEN WINES
- A wine's flavour deteriorates rapidly if it comes into
prolonged contact with air. Therefore, store the wine carefully
limiting air contact.
- It is best to transfer the wine to a smaller bottle.
- Use a vacuum wine saver which consists of a vacuum pump
and bottle cap with a valve.
- Place the cap on the bottle and remove the air from the
bottle to minimize air contact.