Whether you are a gent who enjoys drinking wine or not, knowing how to choose a wine for a special occasion is a quality that a gentleman ought to bestow. There are a number of opportunities where the gentleman may have to choose wine: entertaining business guests, dining with a date, casually lounging with friends and family, or celebrating a holiday. If you are new to wine, it is best to keep it simple. Pairing food, wine and company is meant to bring out the best in everything. Here are a few key points:
- White and rose wines are generally served chilled; red wines are served at room temperature.
- White and rose wines are typically lighter and acidic
- Red wines have a warm and earthy quality
- White and rose wines are often used to “prime the palate” before a meal, and served with appetizers.
- Pair well with fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese and charcuterie, seafood and Asian cuisine
- Red wines often accompany the entrée or main, heavier dish
- Pair well with earthy vegetables, spices and meat
- Sparkling wines are celebratory, such as a special occasion or toast. These wines are also seen towards the end of a meal with a fruity dessert.
Here are the most common Red, White and Sparkling Wines that you may encounter:
- Pinot noir – light body but flavorful, pairs well with vegetables, mushrooms, truffles
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, red blends – dark fruit, tannins cleanse the palate while enjoying juicy red meat such as chops or lamb
- Malbec, Shiraz, Cotes-du-Rhone – bold reds that stand up to big flavor, such as spicy barbeque sauce
- Syrah, Cabernet Franc – reds characterized by spicy notes that pair well with seasoned and cured meats
- Chardonnay – silky, oaky, pairs well with fatty fish such as salmon
- Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Vouvray – slightly sweet yet crisp effervescence made these a delightful match with sweet and spicy Asian and Thai cuisine (sushi, pad Thai noodles)
- Sauvignon Blanc, Vinho Verde, Verdejo – these zippy, crisp whites pair well with tangy foods (citrus), tart dressings and sauces
- Rose – acidity of white wine with the fruity characteristics of red, pairs well with cheesy bites
- Pinot Grigio, Chablis – a delicate white that compliments light seafood dishes
- SPARKLING WINE
- Champagne, Prosecco, Cava – dry and effervescent, pair well with salty foods, udon noodles
- Moscato, demi-sec Champagne (slightly sweet) – playfully pair with natural sweetness of fruity desserts
Here is a quick guide to get you started when you find yourself in charge of wine:
|Business or Professional occasion||Select two wines: 1 white wine to begin the meal, 1 red wine with the main dish||Sauvignon Blanc
|Taking a special someone out for a date||Select 1 wine that compliments the style of meal (Italian, Asian, Spanish, etc.). Share 1 bottle with your date (you don’t have to finish it all!)
Even better: let your date choose!
|Riesling + Sushi|
|Casual time with friends and family||Select an origin of wine that compliments the style of meal (Italian, Asian, Spanish, etc.). Purchase 1+ different types of that wine to taste test.||Spanish Tapas:
Albariño (white), Rioja (red), Cava (sparkling)
|Holiday||Select 1 white wine, 1 red wine and 1 sparkling wine to enjoy. Or, ask your guests to bring their favorite wine to sample and compare different types.||Sauvignon Blanc + Pinot Noir + Champagne|
Once you have chosen the wines, sit back and relax. Don’t forget to toast to the occasion, tchin tchin!
Written by Pamela Terlizzi, NYC-based Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Yoga teacher
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