Wine and Food

A simple guide to Wines & Food

Trying to pair the right wine with the right food may seem a bit daunting, however our quick and easy to understand guide will help!

Aperitifs – generally speaking this will be white wine served chilled. Why not try a ‘Kir’ by adding a dash of Crème de Cassis, or a ‘Kir Royal’ which is the same but made with, ideally champagne or sparkling wine. Add just enough to change the colour of the wine to a light pink colour.

The basic rule is that white wines go with white meats and red wine goes with red meats. However, there are no hard and fast rules. What is most important is what YOU like.

For example, if you are serving;

Smoked fish, prawns, samosas, grilled halloumi, crab cakes, papaya and mango salad then a dry white wine like  Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay or even a sparkling wine goes down very well.

Grilled chicken, lobster, prawns, fish, pasta dishes with chicken or seafood and veal tend to go best with the same white wines as above; Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay.

If you are serving beef, either as a grilled steak or a ‘boeuf bourguignon’, lamb, goat or red meat pasta dishes such as lasagna or spaghetti bolognaise then these tend to be best served with red wines such as Pinotage, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz or a blended red wine.

A Sunday curry at lunch time?...then you can’t go far wrong with a chilled rose wine.

Blue cheese and mature hard cheeses tend to go very well with the ‘heavier’ red wines such as Cabernet-Sauvignon or Merlot.

If you are serving a lighter white cheese, such as Boursin or a goats cheese why not serve a white wine such as a Chardonnay?

Puddings – a glass of cold sweet or semi sweet wine will only enhance the pudding!

All of the wines I have mentioned above are available from Wines-0n-Wheels

What temperature should the wine be?

Usually, dry and white wine should be served at between 4-6c but sweet white wine can be served at 1-2c.

You will also hear many people say that red wine should be drunk at room temperature. That is quite correct but is based on a European room temperature of between 18-20c.

Here in Kenya the room temperature can often be a lot higher so if you feel your red wine is possibly a bit on the warm side, pop it in the fridge for 15-20 minutes just to take the edge off it and bring it down to around the 18c mark.

Younger red wines can even be drunk a bit colder – a glass of slightly chilled red wine can be a delight as you watch the sun go down at the coast!

The above is all meant as a general guide, and I hope it helps! What is most important is that you enjoy wine. All the wines we stock are young wines that are meant to be enjoyed in the next twelve months, not laid down to be drunk in five years time!

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