You’re invited to a dinner party and you’re stuck as you have no idea what wine to buy or where to start. The world of wine can be daunting to the uninitiated, but don’t worry: follow these simple rules and you can turn you from a rank amateur to, at least, a skilled novice. So here are 2 steps on how to choose wine.
Know What You’re Eating
When pairing wines with food, all you need are a few simple pairing rules.
Pair light white wines with fi sh and chicken and some pork, and reds with beef and game. This is a good rule for beginners, but after some experience you’ll be ale to go a step further. As an example, some light-bodied reds pair nicely with fish and chicken. If the menu is spicy, go for a sweet wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling or Pinot Grigio.
Narrow Down to a Varietal
Varietal describes a wine made from a single grape variety, and the varietal tells you a lot about what’s in the bottle.
- Cabernet Sauvignon is a full and rich red wine it pairs well with red meat and tomato-based pasta sauces
- Pinot Noir is as softer red but pairs the same as Cabernets
- Merlot is one of the lightest reds
- Chardonnay is an elegant white with a nice buttery taste, and pairs well with chicken and creamy pasta sauces;
- Sauvignon Blanc is white, great for sipping on summer days and pairs with fish;
- Riesling is a sweeter white – the Germans make the best but the Californians are also good.