There may be days when you are confused about how to choose the best red wine for a special occasion, or just to enjoy a nice glass with your dinner. There is a possibility that you are a novice as far as wines are concerned.
It is not always so easy to choose a fine bottle of red wine.
5 Tips To Choosing The Best Red Wine
After all, there are several characteristics that should be taken into account when selecting red wine. You need to prioritize your preferences with respect to region and taste. Additionally, the wine should complement the food you are pairing it with and the price tag.
We have shortlisted some of the most important tips for choosing the best red wine for you to help you out. So, check them out below.
1. Variety of grapes
The grape variety is an indication of the wine’s body. You will be able to appreciate the kind of wine bodies you prefer from the type of grape variety.
2. Pairing with the right food
Good quality wine is usually well-balanced as well. Yet food paring can unbalance it as the ingredients may affect the tannin’s bitterness, sweetness, or acidity. The general rule of thumb is that red wine should be consumed with red meat, gratins, pizzas, or simmered dishes. However, it is always better to do a bit of research to choose the right food to go with the red wine.
A full-bodied red wine, such as Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon, may make you feel slightly heavy at the start of your meal. On the other hand, medium-bodied red wine, such as Merlot or Pinot Noir, may go very well with appetizers. Some tips for appetizers to go with Pinot Noir wines are tuna salad or Salmon tartare. The combination harmonizes all the flavors perfectly.
4. Main course
We mentioned in the very beginning that red wines go quite well with red meats, pizzas, tomatoes, meat gratins, and any simmered dishes. For instance, quality Bordeaux style blends like Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon complement beef, lamb, or duck-based meals perfectly.
Such red wines enhance the aromas present in the meat. On the other hand, vigorously cooked roasted tomatoes that are simmered in a meat recipe can add acidity to your dish. Such acidity can be balanced better with a light red wine like Grenache.
Select a light red wine that is less sweet as compared to your dessert. Select Madeira or Cabernet to pair with rich fruit, caramelized, or chocolate desserts.
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Mark Dubois grew up in a tiny village in the South of France where fresh ingredients, traditional recipes, and fantastic french wines are present in every house and corner. Chef Mark is specialised in Mediterranean Gastronomies, but he is more passionate about baking. Chef Mark is currently working as a hosted Chef in different restaurants around Europe.