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Food and Wine – Red Wine

There is nothing worse than having a plate of food with a glass of wine that really don’t go together. This article will attempt to advise you of the different types of red wines available and the sorts of foods that they taste best with.

The rules to consuming wine and drink say that red wine is best served with red meats and cheeses. This is true the majority of the time, but during your adventures with wine you will find that there are exceptions to the rule. This article is just here to give you tips and suggestions which will get you started. You will soon get to know what you like the taste of and what you think works well together.

Let’s start with an easy one. Tapas. Tapas is Spanish for lid. This is because over the years Spanish people used a piece of bread to cover the top of their wine to keep the flies out of it. This piece of bread gradually became more than just a piece of bread, and developed into the amazing array of cheeses, sausages and other delicacies that we know tapas to be today. The best thing to drink with tapas is therefore wine. Wherever possible it should be a Spanish wine. (And if possible, a Rioja.) This is always a good tip: if eating a dish that is of a certain country, it is a good idea, where that country is a wine producer, to drink a wine from that country with the dish. Rioja is traditionally a red wine (although there are white versions available), and this does go really well with the sausages and cheeses that are typical of tapas fayre.

So what about other types of food? Well, if you have a thing for French cooking, French wine works well with it. But what type of French wine, I hear you ask. A French Pinot Noir, which is a great tasting red wine, is a must with game. Pigeon, grouse and pheasant are all complemented with this fine, rich tasting wine. Pinot noir is equally at home with fungi too. Something simple like a mushroom omelette with a good chunk of French bread is excellent with this red wine. And for a classic French dish, go for beef bourgignon, which wouldn’t be the same without a red wine such as a Pinot Noir to complement its richness.

For something a little more accessible in French red wine, there is a merlot. This is slightly more rich than a Pinot Noir, but is great with food too. It works well with slightly more peasant-like fayre: roast lamb, pasta with pesto, or just simply roasted vegetables taste great with this.

And if we are to head further south to Italy, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Chianti. This red wine works wonders with a plate of Spaghetti Bolognese. Often seen as a jug wine, Chianti is a much underrated red wine, which is brilliant with rich Italian sauces.

So as you can see, there are many different red wines from many different countries. They all work well with a variety of different foodstuffs and I hope this article has given you some inspiration.

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About the Author

Fiona Muller has been writing for over 20 years. She is a qualified journalist and has worked in food and drink writing for the last few years. For more information and a great range of wines to try, go to www.laithwaites.co.uk

How to Get the Most From Your Red Wine

 

If you like red wine but don’t know much about it, you’ve come to the right place. In this article we look at some handy tips for buying and serving red wine.

Work up through the sizes

If you are going to be serving more than one glass (or bottle) of red wine, the key thing to remember is to work through the sizes. In other words, start with a light red wine such as a Merlot, Barbara or Gamay, then move onto a medium bodied wine like a Tempranillo, Pinot Noir or Malbec, and/or finish with a full bodied red wine such as Shiraz, Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon. If you start with the heavier red wine first, you’ll find that this will overpower the lighter red wine.

Full-bodied red wines are best saved for food

Big, powerful red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz work best with tasty red meat. Why? Because these red wines are full of tannins, body and alcohol, which taste good with meat proteins but are often too harsh drunk on their own.

Light red wines work best over lunch

Soft and gentle red wines, such as Merlot and Gamay, are a great choice if you are drinking over lunch. This is because they are low in tannin, alcohol and acidity, which makes them easy to drink and not too powerful for the afternoon ahead. Similarly, they are a great choice as an aperitif, or for drinking on their own on a summer’s afternoon.

Buy for the person and occasion

Everyone has different tastes when it comes to red wine, so make sure that you buy your red wine to suit the person who will be drinking it. For example, if you are buying for yourself, go for something that you will like, not what the shop assistant or your friend likes. Also, it’s worth considering the occasion. If you hosting a dinner party, then a big full bodied red wine is bound to come up trumps but if you are having a lunchtime drinks party then a softer and fruitier red wine will be far more appropriate.

Focus on the style

 

When it comes to choosing a bottle of red wine, if you don’t know where to start or could do with a helping hand, it’s worth looking to retailers who focus on wine styles. Wine styles can give you a lot more choice compared to if you focus on grapes, countries or regions. For example, if you know that you like an Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon, the chances are you’ll stick to that in future, but if you discover that you like “Huge Reds” (full bodied, fruity reds) then you’ll have a host of different grapes to choose from including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Zinfandel from Old and New World Countries.

Look to where the value is

Don’t be tempted to splash out on big brands or famous names, as you’ll end up paying for the labels. Instead, it is far better is to look to the lesser known regions, where you’ll get all the same quality for a fraction of the price. For example, try a Chilean Cabernet Merlot as a value alternative to a Classic Bordeaux.

Serving is the easy bit

The key to serving red wine is to place it in the kitchen before drinking to ensure that it is the right temperature. Also, especially if you have an old vintage or full-bodied red wine, you might want to open in advance to let it breath. Easy as that!

So now you’ve got the tips, you’ll be ready to put them in to action.

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Louise Truswell works in and writes about the wine industry. To find out more and to choose from an extensive range of red wine, visit – www.virginwines.com

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