Choosing the Right Wine for Your Meal Without Knowing Much About Wine!

If you enjoy entertaining guests, choosing the right wine for your meal can be a challenge. My husband and I enjoy a glass of wine now and then. While we certainly do not consider ourselves wine snobs,  we can definitely taste the difference between a $3.00 bottle of wine and a $25.00 bottle.  I have learned over the years that I have definite preferences in terms of the variety of wine I enjoy.  The food I serve with it also plays a big part in how the wine actually tastes.  Food and wine can compliment one another or hinder your ability to enjoy both of them.  Choosing the right wine for your meal is important and there are several factors you need to keep in mind before you grab a bottle off the shelf.  Here are a few suggestions that might help you find the perfect match for your next meal!

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If you enjoy party planning or entertaining guests, choosing the right wine for your meal can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to make it easier.


Choosing the Right Wine for Your Meal


How heavy is your meal?

In general, red wines tend to be ‘heavier’ and white wines are ‘lighter’.  If you are serving a meal with delicate flavors, choose a white wine.  If your meal is very robust and spicy, choose a red.

What type of protein are you serving?

In general, white meats, such as fish and chicken, should be eaten with white wine and red meats and sauces go better with red wine.  This is not a hard and fast rule, though, just a guide.

Ask for help!

If you don’t know what to choose, ASK.   When you are in a restaurant and your server asks you for your drink choice, ask them what wines they recommend.  If you are in a liquor store, talk to the owner.  Let them know what flavors you have enjoyed in the past and how much you want to spend.

If you enjoy party planning or entertaining guests, choosing the right wine for your meal can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to make it easier.

Pay attention to flavors.

Pay attention to what you like.  When you have a glass of wine at a party or when you are out to dinner, take note of the region it comes from, the variety, and the year.  Take note of how dry or sweet it is and the subtle flavors.  That way, you can order something similar the next time you are out.

Price doesn’t always matter.

Trust your pallet.  Just because a bottle of wine costs $100 doesn’t mean you are going to like it.  Just like a $10 bottle of wine could be delicious!  Don’t be afraid to experiment a little bit.

Do your research!

Read blogs, magazines, books and whatever else you need to find out what others are saying about a particular wine.  Reading opinions from a range of different pallets will help you get a feel for wine before you spend your money on a bottle.

Choosing the right wine for your meal doesn’t have to be complicated.  You don’t need to have a fancy wine degree or be a food snob to choose the right wine to pair with your dinner. A little bit of reading and trying new flavors when you are out to eat will go a long way towards your wine pairing success!

Have any other tips for choosing the right wine?


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  1. Awesome guide always a great thing to have when shopping for the perfect wine.
  2. I should probably print this out and tape it to my fridge! I actually only drink red wines with steak, everything else seems to taste better with white! Or I just drink water, which is what I usually drink when I am eating :)
  3. I love wines that friends recommend because it always seems risky to spend so much on a bottle of wine without knowing if you will love it.

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