Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply cooking at home for yourself or your family, knowing what wine pairs best with your favorite foods can elevate your meal to an entirely new level.
You don’t have to be a wine expert or a professional sommelier or chef to know how to pair wine with your food. All you need are a few helpful tips and a willingness to take chances and open your mind to the experience of learning how to pair food and wine.
Good Rule of Thumb When Pairing Food and Wine
The biggest thing to remember when pairing food and wine is the importance of balance. You never want one thing to overpower the other. For example, a really big and bold red wine has the tendency to overpower a delicate fish, whereas a robust and strong cheese (like a blue cheese or gorgonzola) might overpower a lighter white wine without any oak.
Instead, you want each component of your meal to enhance each other in one of two ways: complementary or congruently.
A complementary food and wine pairing means that the balance is created because of a contrast in taste and flavor, while a congruent food and wine pairing means that the wine and the food have shared characteristics that are elevated when put together.
There are a lot of things that come into play: acidity, tannins, sweetness, whether the wine is light-, medium- or full-bodied, etc. An example of a complementary pairing is an acidic white wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc, served with a dish that has a higher fat component, because the acid can cut through the fatty aspect and balance out the flavor and mouthfeel.
An example of a congruent pairing is a buttery white wine, such as a Chardonnay, paired with a dish that uses butter or cream in it, because the two similar flavor profiles will cause each other to intensify. Congruent pairings can be tricky sometimes though. The other ingredients in the dish are extra important to avoid a flavor imbalance due to the similarities in elements of the wine and the dish’s main component.
Wine and Food Pairing Ideas
When it comes to pairing SYLTBAR wine with food, we use the knowledge we have learned from others in the industry combined with our own personal likes and dislikes. That is how we encourage you to decide on your own pairing ideas too.
Here are some of our favorite foods to pair with SYLTBAR wines.
White Linen is the nickname for our light, airy and fresh Pinot Grigio. It has much more depth and character than the typical Pinot Grigio you find on the market. When you have the opportunity to drink something this unique, you want to make sure you pair it with something just as special, such as fresh Florida stone crab that is only available during a specific season during the year. We are big fans of stone crab during the season! We also love pairing White Linen with bountiful salads filled with fresh vegetables.
We have nicknamed our Friulano wine Silk for its elegant and noble flavor, and because it is quite rare to find. Our favorite ingredient to pair with Silk is artichokes, and we love it with mushroom risotto. The creaminess of the risotto and earthiness of the mushrooms pair so well with this sophisticated white wine.
When we are in the mood for steaks, spaghetti with meatballs or burgers, we reach for a bottle of Cashmere, which is the nickname for our Cabernet Franc. It also pairs beautifully with cheese and lamb. It’s intense and full-bodied with round tannins and a very luxurious mouthfeel, just as cashmere feels on the skin. It is the perfect wine pairing for a heartier meal.
There are so many different things we like to pair with our Junior, the Ramato style Pinot Grigio that is made in the '70s style of leaving the skin on for one night to macerate. It’s nicknamed Junior for its shorter bottle size, but it still holds the same amount as a regular size bottle. Chicken pairs very well with Junior, especially when it comes to Chinese food-style preparations. We also enjoy drinking Junior with unique desserts like mochi.
Mr and Mrs
Mr Premium Prosecco and Mrs Sparkling Wine SYLTBAR are called your Happy Healthy Daily Juice for a reason — these sparkling wines truthfully can go with anything, and you never need a special occasion to pop open a bottle. The only pairing we would not recommend is meat.
That being said, we do love to pair Mr and Mrs with sweet desserts. First of all, we never feel guilty about eating dessert when we have it paired with our low-calorie, low-sugar Prosecco and Sparkling Rosé.
We have to admit that although we love to eat healthy, we do have a sweet tooth every now and then, and dessert satisfies us in the best way. If you have a sweet tooth like we do, we think you will love pairing Mr and Mrs with one of our favorites, Strawberry Pavlova. This meringue-based dessert is light and soft inside, with a crisp crust.originates. It originated from Australia or New Zealand in the early 20th century, but also has a little bit of Argentinian influence.
Shop for SYLTBAR Wine to Pair with Food
While there are a lot of guidelines for how to pair wine with food, at the end of the day, you can choose whatever wine you want to pair with whatever you are eating. Sure, it can be fun to let a sommelier guide you through a tasting and pair wines with your dinner, but if you know what you like, it’s okay to go against the “rules.”
You are your own boss, especially when it comes to choosing what you eat and drink. Like we always say, you should always be knowledgeable about what goes into your body and only choose the best!
When you drink SYLTBAR wines, you know you are getting the best because of our 100% natural, vegan production with no added sulfites, chemicals, additives or sweeteners. Shop for all your SYLTBAR wines online, or look for us in local retailers and restaurants.