Pairing Wine with Spicy Food

Spicy food can spell disaster for some wines. In general, alcohol enhances the heat from spicy foods, so it’s very important to properly pair wine with spicy food. What helps either diminish or compliment spiciness? 1) Fruitiness 2) Sweetness 3) Acidity What can make spicy food spicier? Tannins. 99% of the time you only have to worry about tannins in

Read more

Rules for Steak and Wine Pairing

Paring Wine and Steak can be a bit trickier than you might think. Most people will automatically grab the big Napa Cabernet with any Steak off the grill and that can be a big mistake. What factors affect your wine pairing? How do you select the best wine with steak? Preperation How you prepare your steak or meat can drastically

Read more

Styles of Chardonnay + Quick Wine Tips

Common Chardonnay Questions Do you have a Dry Chardonnay? All Chardonnay is Dry unless labeled sweet. What’s the best chardonnay wine? Depends on your taste and style preference. What makes Chardonnay Creamy and Buttery? MLF (Malolactic Fermentation) What is MLF? This is a process used to decrease acidity in wine by adding lactic acid. (Always used in red wine, but

Read more

Food and Wine Pairing Tips: Problem Pairings

There are certain foods that are difficult to pair with wine. Here’s a few quick pairing tips to guide you. For a full list of problem pairings, you can check out my page on pairings(link below). Keep in mind that these are simple, quick and easy wine pairing tips. There are other solutions and just because I don’t list certain

Read more