How Do You Pair Wine? - Ombretta Cucina + Vino

How Do You Pair Wine?

How Do You Pair Wine?

Knowing the right wine to pair with what food is a great skill that gives an enhanced experience. Although you can create your pairings, you have to follow certain principles for the best dining experience possible.

Whether you are visiting an Italian restaurant or you are in your home having a good time with your family and friends, your ability to pair wine with food correctly will add color to the occasion and make everyone exceedingly happy.

How Do You Pair Wine?

Here are tips on how to pair wine:

Rule 1: Low-Alcohol Wines and Spicy Food

Naturally, spicy foods are hot, and alcohol intensifies the oil responsible for making spicy food hot. To minimize this effect, pair Low-Alcohol wine with spicy food. For example, pair German Rieslings with Thai stir-fry or curried chicken. The wine will counter the spiciness and add a touch of sweetness.

Rule 2: Tannic Red Wine and Rich Red Meats

If you are taking red meats such as pan-seared sausages or braised duck legs, pair it with tannic red wine to complement the meats. Get a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Rule 3: White Wine/Red Wine and Lighter Meat

If you are taking lighter meats such as pork or chicken chops, pair it with either white wine or zesty red wine. In either case, the sauce for the meat will determine whether white or red wine should be paired.

Rule 4: Lighter Wine and Desserts

When you are taking desserts, take wine that is less sweet and lighter than the desserts. You do not want to overwhelm your taste buds by taking wine and desserts of similar taste or sweetness.

Rule 5: Earthy Foods and Earthy Wines

Consider pairing earthy foods such as wild mushrooms and bison steak with earthy wines like Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir.

Rule 6: Grilled Salmon/Smoked Sablefish and Unoaked White Wines

Take wines made in steel tanks instead of oak barrels with any food you can squeeze a lime or lemon on. Wines made in stainless steel tanks are usually more acidic and will enhance flavors in smoked or grilled fish. Wines like Albarino, Vermentino, and Sauvignon are the perfect wines in this case.

Rule 7: Hors D’oeuvres and Dry Rose

Pair the freshness and acidity of light body white wine with hors d’oeuvres like gougeres and crudites.

If you are not sure which wine to pair with what food, look for an Italian restaurant around you and ask the bartender for assistance; you are assured of a pleasant experience.


Ombretta Cucina + Vino is an Italian restaurant in Mississauga with rustic and modern decor located in the heart of Port Credit, Mississauga boasting a sizeable selection of apperitivos, wine, cocktails, and digestivos. Call us today at 905-271-2017 to reserve your table!

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