10/5/12

7 Rules for Perfect Wine Pairing

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Food & Wine’s Ray Isle simplifies the task of pairing food and wine into seven mantras; Test Kitchen Supervisor Marcia Kiesel creates enlightened recipes for each.

Pairing Rule #1: Serve a dry rosé with hors d’oeuvres
Pairing Rule #2: Serve an unoaked white with anything you can squeeze a lemon or lime on
Pairing Rule #3: Try low-alcohol wines with spicy foods
Pairing Rule #4: Match rich red meats with tannic reds
Pairing Rule #5: With lighter meats, pair the wine with the sauce
Pairing Rule #6: Choose earthy wines with earthy foods
Pairing Rule #7: For desserts, go with a lighter wine

For more details, recipes, and suggested wines for each of these tips, see 7 Rules for Perfect Wine Pairing