Thursday, 20 October 2016

Red Wine Food Pairings

Red wines are a delight to consume when paired with the right kind of food. Aussie wine lovers feel incomplete without the inclusion of some kind of meat or hearty cuisine to satisfy their taste buds and overwhelm them with juicy red fruit flavours meshing harmoniously with the spice and life of heavy meats, game birds and poultry. Below is a list of various meats and the types of wine that match perfectly with them –
Grilled beef is counted amongst the most loved Australian dishes. Serving grilled beef with fruit-driven wine varietals like Shiraz and Zinfandel from Australia, California or France is the best course of action to take.
Beef curry needs to be paired with off-dry Rieslings, young and fresh Zinfandels or unoaked Sauvignon Blanc wines in order to experience a satisfying meal.
Roast beef can be enjoyed paired with a world-class red Bordeaux, Californian Cabernet Sauvignons or Italian Barolos.
Steak has always been a beloved red wine cuisine. Different seasonings used on the steak call for different styles of red wines, but some common pairings include red Bordeaux, Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon and Argentine Malbec.
Game Meats
Wild duck cuisines cooked spicy and sizzly taste wonderful paired with Merlot wines from Washington and Syrah wines from Rhone Valley.
Rabbit meat is generally mild-flavoured, which is why strong red wines can overpower the taste of the meat. Light red Burgundys or Italian Chiantis are the most preferred food pairings with rabbit meat. If cooked and marinated with mustard sauce, Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc wines might also match well.
Venison is a rich, powerful and heavy meat. Cabernet Sauvignon wines from California or Grenache wine Australia are the top choices when pairing venison cuisine with red wine.
Simple roast chicken is a dish that can be consumed with any kind of wine – red, white or sparkling. When seasoned with garlic or rosemary, it can be paired with Merlot or Shiraz wines from Australia. Fried chicken, on the other hand, should be matched with dry rose wines from Spain, or fruity Sauvignon Blanc from California.
Goose is rich with juicy flavour and heavy meat. Australian Shiraz, Californian Pinot Noir or Red Burgundy are the go-to wines when serving goose dishes.
Pork chops is a hearty and meaty dish that holds a special place in the hearts of Aussie wine lovers. Spicy and juicy, this meat is a great food pairing with spicy Australian Shiraz or Pinot Noir wines.
Barbecued pork marinated with spicy sauces makes for a lavish meal that pairs elegantly with wines like semi-dry Rieslings and chilled Zinfandels.

Food pairings are important components when throwing a party or organizing a social gathering in Australia. A lot of thought needs to be put into what food items should be served depending upon the types of wines available. Pairing juicy, spicy or full-flavoured red wines with foods that bring out their true characters and flavours can make any wine the best red wine in Australia.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wines and Spirituality

It all began with a thought during one of my wine drinking sojourns which I never miss even for a day. This thought was about the connection of spirituality with the consumption of wines, or for any other material that can move the mind. Let me make this extremely clear (to whomsoever it may concern) that I am not a drunkard. If I were the latter, I would not have been in a position to experience all that do experience at the time of my drinks. But I do drink to the extent that my mind moves away from the daily chores to dwell deep into the realms of the unknown. Due to a very basic spiritual inclination, I keep thinking about nothing but the Lord. In order to ensure that this connection is not impeded in any way, I prefer solitude over being with friends. To that extent it is a deliberate attempt to explore the existence, or rather the non-existence, of the Almighty.

My feelings, experience and understanding of the connection between wines and spirituality was further accentuated when I found an article written stating that it is the Vatican City that has the largest per capita consumption of wines in the world. For your benefit, this can be read here. The reason given is that the people, by virtue of their tradition, drink in communities. But, my reasoning is that this is a simplistic assumption. The tradition of wine drinking is age old, and it was present even at the time of Jesus. It is said that even Jesus loved wines. Consumption of wines was one of the most cherished things during those times as well and was a part of the daily routine. Wines were consumed to be joyful.

A little more research in the history of this subject took me to Lord Shiva and Lord Indra from the Hindu mythology both of whom are well known to consume some sort of substances that take them to a different realm of thought. Hindu mythical literature mentions ‘somras’ which is the drink of the lords and is consumed in heaven. Lord Shiva also used to consume ‘bhang’ a psychotropic substance which induces state of heightened focus. Similar references can also be had from mythological literature from around the world. Wines or other alcoholic beverages have been known to aid meditation, bring joyfulness and good health. The consumption might also have been aided due to climatic conditions since the weather was a lot cooler during those times.

So, at last, there was a relief with this realization that I am not the only one to experience this connect and that it has been continuing for ages. I am just a part of this age old tradition. This realization further motivates to continue to buy wines and consume these with delight. May be we turn into better human beings!!