September 13, 2017
It can be overwhelming to select the perfect wine to enjoy with your meal. There are so many types of red wine, each boasting various grape varieties, regions, and flavor profiles. How do you know if you should go with a Cabernet from California or a Bordeaux from France? And does it even matter?
At Chef Chic, we believe that a well-matched wine can turn any dinner into a 5-star meal. If you’re looking to upgrade your nightly dining experience, check out our red wine pairing tips…
Red Wine and Food Pairings
Before you pick up a bottle of red, make sure that it’s the right option for your dinner. Red wines pair well with:
- Barbecued meats
- Red sauces
- Tomato-based soups and stews
Lighter dishes, like chicken, fish, and entree salads usually pair best with a white or rose wine.
Types of Red Wine and Regions
While there are many regions that grow all types of red wine grapes, some of the most prestigious include California, France, Italy, and Spain.
Regions like California and France are mostly known for Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux. These are medium- and full-bodied wines that impart bold, well-rounded flavors, like cherry, vanilla, tobacco, spices, and smoke. These hold up to rich, heavy dishes and sauces.
Rioja wines from Spain offer similar notes to the classic Cabernet but are more fruit forward. Hailing from the Mediterranean, Riojas complement tapas, sliced meats, and strong cheeses. You can also try a Rioja with curries and Asian-inspired dishes.
Merlot is one of the most popular wines from Italy. It’s known for being approachable and versatile. Serve it with anything from pasta to grilled steak to dark chocolate.
Want to Learn More About Red Wine?
If you’re interested in sampling some of the most renowned red wines from around the world, contact us to plan a personal wine pairing party.