Time to throw your next dinner party? Delight your guests with an enhanced dining experience by showing off your match-making prowess. Here are three delectable food dishes paired with just the right wine. Consider these food and wine pairings next time you’re hosting a wine and dine dinner party.
Wine & Dine Pairing #1. Chianti Classico and Chicken Cacciatore
Chicken Cacciatore is rich and rustic with its hearty sauce, fragrant herbs, and fall-off-the-bone chicken. This classic Italian comfort food bursts with bright colors, and explodes with flavors thanks to tomatoes, herbs, and dry red wine sauce.
Our favorite Chicken Cacciatore Recipe doesn’t skimp on tomatoes. It involves one 28-oz can of tomatoes, 8 ounces of tomato sauce, and 6 ounces of tomato paste. Throw in thyme, dried rosemary, oregano, garlic, basil, and you’ve got one aromatic dish.
Strike the perfect match by pairing Chicken Cacciatore with a light-bodied Chianti Classico. Because of its savory flavors and high acidity, it stands up well with tomato-based dishes such as Chicken Cacciatore. Chianti Classico is from the red Sangiovese grape; it boasts a natural bitterness and a fruitiness that is reminiscent of tart cherries or cherry tomatoes.
Wine & Dine Pairing #2. Red Bordeaux and Roast Beef
You can’t go wrong with the classic pairing of Red Bordeaux and Roast Beef. This food and wine pairing abide by all the rules that bold flavors should go together. After all, if your beef dish has a bold flavor, you’ll want a wine that stands up to it.
Our favorite Roast Beef recipe is surprisingly simple to make. It only involves a few ingredients which include garlic, thyme sprigs, olive oil, onions, flour, beef sirloin, beef stock, and red wine.
Roast Beef served with its rich gravy goes beautifully with Red Bordeaux because of its intensity, deep dark fruit and berry flavors, and robust structure. Their firm structure is due to their relatively high tannins level. And it’s the meat texture, taste, and fat that stands up to the Red Bordeaux’s tannins, softening their impact.
Wine & Dine Pairing 3. Pinot Grigio and Shrimp Avocado Salad
The versatile and delicate Pinot Grigio is a refreshing white wine that pairs beautifully with light and summery dishes like fresh and bright salads. As white wine has a way of bringing out the flavors and is the perfect match with seafood, the Pinot Grigio and Avocado Shrimp Salad complement each other wonderfully.
Light and simple, our favorite Shrimp Avocado Salad recipe is creamy and fresh with the right amount of zestiness thanks to bits of red onions and red wine vinegar dressing. Not a fan of red wine vinegar? Try a cilantro lime vinaigrette instead.
Pinot Grigio’s punchy acidity with its hints of citrus fruits enhances the Shrimp Avocado Salad flavors. This light and refreshing wine and food pairing are perfect for those warm summer nights. As it’s so delectable, we believe you can enjoy it year-round.
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