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 –
Beef
Barbecue
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.
Curry
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
Roast beef can be enjoyed paired with a world-class red Bordeaux, Californian Cabernet Sauvignons or Italian Barolos.
Steak
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
Duck
Wild duck cuisines cooked spicy and sizzly taste wonderful paired with Merlot wines from Washington and Syrah wines from Rhone Valley.
Rabbit
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
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.
Poultry
Chicken
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
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
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.
Barbecue
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.

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