My bestie W will be here very soon. I am sure we will engage in some vino. Sadly, I didn’t really know wine until I moved to California but I think I have made up for lost time. As you can see above, wine country can become so overrun with tourists that they have to park between the vines!
Some wine rules I have learned over the years from various sources:
- Champagne is perfect with anything salty – crunchy potato chips, briny oysters, smokey nuts and more.
- Sauvignon Blanc goes with tart and tangy foods.
- Dry rose matches nicely with cheesy dishes like gourmet grill cheese or flatbreads.
- Zinfandel is lovely with pates, mousses and terrines.
- Pinot Grigio pairs perfectly with light, delicate fish dishes.
- Muscat goes best with fruity desserts.
- Pinot Noir matches is great for dishes with earthy flavours, which includes things like mushrooms.
- Regional wines with regional dishes – Tuscan wines with Tuscan dishes, Spanish wines with tapas, etc...
- Malbec and Shiraz hold up nicely against barbecue.
- A late harvest, sweet Riesling goes great with spicy Asian dishes.
- Finally, Cabernet Sauvignon is fantastic with juicy red meats!