Daily Archives May 27, 2016

Basics for Pairing Food With Wine

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When we choose a wine that we typically want with our meal, the pairing of food with wine, most of the time we just make an educated guess on what we think will work with the food we have prepared. We know what seemed to have worked in the past so we might go that route. Or if we’re in a restaurant and we are having a special meal, we might ask the waiter or the sommelier for a suggestion. It can seem quite complex, but even the experts go back to three  basics : acidity, body and flavor, with acidity the most important when pairing food.

In the long run what we are trying to accomplish when we pair food and wine is to create combinations complementing each other. The food should enhance the flavor of the wine, and likewise the wine should complement the flavor of the food...

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The Difference Between Dry and Sweet Wines

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Taking a trip to the wine store for the first time can be quite a challenge; you will see different kinds of wine in various colours and names. Most of the time, the labels would indicate dry wine or sweet wine.
So, how do you know the difference between a sweet wine and a dry one enough to make a suitable decision?

Basically, a wine that is not sugary is described as a dry wine, needless to say, dry wine is on the extreme opposite of a sweet wine. It goes like a sweetness spectrum that runs from dry, off-dry, medium dry, medium, medium sweet, to sweet. This criterion is more precisely determined through the LCBO Sugar Code that measures the amount of residual sugar on the wines. The rates go from 0 to 30 with the former indicating very dry while the latter indicating very sweet and the ra...

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Wine Words to Learn

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Even if you have blissfully enjoyed  wine  for years without learning the vocabulary and tasting techniques boasted by oenophiles, you can very easily enhance your  wine  experience with a little knowledge. By learning the words associated with  wine , you will be able to more accurately choose new  wines  that you will enjoy rather than haphazardly choosing things to try at random.

Bouquet and aroma are simply  wine  speak for how it smells. Before tasting  wine , smell it. See if you can distinguish the aroma of the fruit, a spice or maybe even the oak barrel. A major part of  wine  enjoyment derives from the smell of it. To enhance the aroma before you taste it, swirl the  wine  in your glass to let it breathe more...

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