Everyone knows that red wine and steak are a match made in heaven. In general, the rule of thumb whether it be an expensive vintage, or less expensive bottle, is that red wine pairs with heavier foods like beef, pasta, and of course chocolate. However, there are so many other amazing options! Try these suggestions and you may just be pleasantly surprised. If you are having guests for dinner, try making custom wine tags and have them guess what is in their glass.
Here are three unique pairings that may end up becoming favorites to serve with red wine.
Oysters and Beaujolais
Shocked? The taste combination pairs wonderfully. Beaujolais is perfect because it is light bodied, low in tannins and can be served chilled. This is actually what really makes this combination work. The cooler wine mirrors the oyster’s chilly temperature. For a casual-chic host atmosphere, use a large serving platter of oysters next to a bucket of Beaujolais. This is perfect for a summer backyard get together.
Red with an Appetizer
All too often, red wines are not served until the main course of a meal. They can, however, pair well with darker colored vegetables, and creamy cheeses, that complement the heavy tannins. Think about this at your next vineyard tasting and make a note on your Remember Your Wine custom wine labels to try with an eggplant or spinach based appetizer at your next get together. A fabulous, hearty appetizer that is delicious with Merlot, or a Cabernet Sauvignon, is Mushroom and Goat Cheese Eggplant Rolls. Get the recipe here.
Pair with Curry
Warm, spicy and rich Indian curries can be difficult to pair with any type of wine, but the right combination can be amazing. It is best to steer away from a red that is too oaky or high in alcohol content as it can unbalance the delicate spice blend of the dish. Browse your cellar labels for a juicy Syrah or Pinotage that will make a surprisingly great match with medium to hotter curries. For a truly unique dinner and wine combination, serve a spicy duck dish with a Pinot Noir.
Part of the joy of drinking wine is the discovery process. Trying new food and wine pairings are exciting and so rewarding when you find a new combination that is just spectacular. Make an effort to try other foods besides the typical white with fish and red with meat. Chances are, you will be pleasantly surprised. Try to imagine how a certain type of red wine will taste when paired with a unique ingredient or dish. Make notes on custom wine labels, so the next time you are hosting a dinner party, you will have a reminder for some great suggestions to try.