Perfect wine and food pairings do happen, but usually they take a little effort to achieve.
In general, you want the weight of your wine to match the weight of your food. Heavier foods like roasted meats or dishes with heavy sauces need a full bodied wine.
Lighter food like chicken or fish go better with a lighter bodied or more delicate wine.
Also, you want to pair high acidic foods with high acidic wines. For instance, a pasta dish with tomato sauce goes well with a chianti which will compliment the acidity in the tomato sauce.
There’s a great opportunity to learn more about pairing wine and food Wednesday night, March 24, right here in San Antonio. A number of winemakers and San Antonio restaurants are hosting wine pairing dinners.
These are multi-course meals each served with a different wine paired specifically for that dish. Typically, the wine maker will tell you about the wine and why it was chosen to serve with a particular dish. These dinners are a lot of fun especially if you’re interested in learning more about wine.
Some of the participating restaurants include:
Azuca with wines from Estancia 210-225-5550
Limestone Grill with wines from Inniskillin 830-249-2138
Rock River Ranch with Simi wines 830-995-4045
The Grill at Leon Springs with Robert Mondavi wines 210-698-8797
Tre Trattoria with wines from Ruffino 210-805-0333
Auden’s Kitchen with wines from Wild Horse 210-494-0070
29 Wine Bar with wines from Franciscan 210-7989463