Whether it’s a chilled, crisp glass of demi-sec, a warming, hearty red wine or a sprightly glass of sweet rose, wine lovers will all have a favorite tipple that they turn to time and again because it’s familiar and comforting.
While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying your wine of choice, sometimes it’s good to ring the changes and think about trying something new and different. Even better if you can pair it with the right food, to really get the most from the flavor and taste experience.
Here are some ideas and inspirations for wine pairings and seasonal food that are sure to offer something for everyone, whether red, rose or white drinker and whether vegan, vegetarian or meat eater!
Spring is the season where green shoots and new leaves offer hope and new beginnings. The fruits and vegetables we see during these months are fresh, intense and spark with flavor, so naturally you’ll want wines that not only complement these zingy tastes, but that also offer their own sparkle and vivacity.
Summer calls for alfresco dining, lighter, fresher food and wines that match these tastes. Of course, we’re now into the season of fresh fish, seafood and barbecued meats served with crisp salads. There’s a wine from every category here – even red – to pair with some ideas for special events and delicious dishes.
“The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” is upon us now and as the nights draw in, the temperatures drop and we gravitate our evenings back in the warmth of the house, it’s time to rethink our menus and our wine choices. Although you may think this is the time of year to gravitate from lighter wines, you may be surprised to know white and rose still have a lot to offer us.
Whatever your tastes and budget there is a wine to suit your food choices, whether you’re entertaining friends and family, or just simply enjoying a relaxing evening at home with the one you love. Remember the rules for perfect food and wine pairings are not set in stone and you might find a new taste combination you love, simply by picking up a new wine to try with a favorite dinner. Enjoy experimenting and having fun with your choices!