There are thousands of wines, and you can pretty much drink any wine anytime you want. Or drink your favourite wine regardless of your meal. But there are specific rules when it comes to wining-and-dining. Nothing can top pairing a good wine with good food, and that’s where it makes a huge difference.
Or you can also go for versatile wines like Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc, or Riesling, which complements any food. Although wine preference is a personal choice, whether red or white, wines with more acidity or low tannin pair with all kinds of foods. Making the right quality wine choice can help you not be unbearable hungover the next day.
White wine is best served chilled, and red wine tastes best under room temperature below 60%.
Some best wine choices to drink for your evening meals:
- Rosé – Rosé is a versatile wine, and they’re typically dry. It has gained popularity over the years due to its refreshing taste. It pairs well with almost every food like sushi, saucy dishes, lamb chops, grilled or roasted meats, chicken, or seafood like lobster or grilled fish.
Another great pairing is a cheese soufflé with dry Rosé, and it’s simply delicious.
- Chardonnay – As one of the world’s most famous wines, Chardonnay is known as a winemaker’s grape as it can be grown in any climatic conditions. It has a dry to medium taste with moderate acidity and is loved by people for its versatility.
Shrimp scampi and Chardonnay is a popular choice—chardonnay pairs well with goat cheese, fish, pork tenderloin, grilled chicken, and oysters.
- Cabernet Sauvignon – Cabernet Sauvignon is a famous rich flavoured red wine with medium-high tannin, medium acidity, high on the alcohol, and dry. Cabernet Sauvignon pairs best with steak, hamburgers, fatty foods, and foods that have peppery flavours. Since Cabernet Sauvignon is high in tannin and dry fatty foods helps in reducing its dryness.
If you have ribeyes on the menu for the evening, a bottle of cabernet sauvignon makes a perfect pair.
- Sauvignon Blanc – Sauvignon Blanc is another popular white wine known for its refreshing taste. They are dry, high in acidity and low in sugar and hence sourer. Sauvignon Blanc is ideal for light foods like white meat, fish, clams, chicken, and vegetables.
Sauvignon Blanc is best paired with grilled vegetables as its taste doesn’t overpower the food.
- Pinot Noir – Pinot Noir is a dry red wine with more acidity and is lighter than other red wines. It has an earthy flavor with mushrooms, berries, vanilla, and spicy notes like cinnamon and clove.
Pinot Noir is a versatile wine that can be paired with various foods. It is best paired with ham, goat cheese, grilled asparagus, roasted meats, turkey, venison, or goose.
Another great pairing is salmon with pinot noir. This combination can take your dish to the next level.
- Malbec – Malbec has a rich taste and is known for its deep purple colour. This wine is popular in Argentina and France. Malbec is dry, with medium acidity and tannin. It has flavours like cherries, tobacco, chocolate, and vanilla.
Malbec is best paired with foods like pork, mushrooms, cheese, mozzarella, and creamy sauce.
Another great pair is Malbec, with barbecue ribs for a satisfying evening meal.
- Merlot – Merlot is a popular dark blue–coloured wine with soft tannins and is dry. It has fruit flavours like blackberry, plum, raspberry, and vanilla with chocolaty notes. These are smooth and easy wines.
Merlot is best paired with foods like red meats, root vegetables, stews, and pork.
Another great combination is a roasted duck with merlot. These two pairs make a delicious meal.