Choosing a wine to perfectly match a dish often seems like ‘Mission Impossible’! Why is it that while one particular wine tastes fantastic with one dish doesn’t work with another?
Fortunately, things might actually be easier than you think. One basic rule to follow is that food must never be sweeter than the wine. Why, you ask? When you drink a dry wine with sweet food, you will get an indescribably overly acidic, completely musty and unpalatable taste!
Even if a dry wine has a fruity or rich flavour, you should never be tempted to serve it with a sweet dessert. So, for example, a honeyed and bold white wine will certainly taste great with a dessert, whereas a dry white, although it may have a similar aroma, will definitely not.
Obviously, with desserts you are expecting sweetness but, in other instances, you might have to be a little careful because sometimes the sweetness of a dish is not particularly apparent. Many dishes have sweet components that you need to pay close attention to. For example, when served with butter-glazed vegetables, crab meat often has a slight sweetness; also gravies tend to have a residual sweetness. With foods such as these, you need to make sure that you avoid overtly dry or excessively acidic wines.
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