Pairing food and wine has been around for centuries, and as the culinary world expands and new wines are produced, this art form continues to evolve.
More than just matching flavours, pairing food and wine elevates the culinary experience by enhancing the flavours and textures of both the dish and the wine.
For caterers who want to set themselves apart, understanding the pairing principles allows you to provide your clients with the best possible service to dazzle their guests.
We’ve compiled our top five pairing principles to help you create a menu that’s sure to impress. These principles are designed to bring out the best flavours in every dish and ensure that your guests are left wanting more. So, without further ado, let’s dive in!
Balance is key when it comes to pairing food with wine. Bold dishes require bold wines, while lighter dishes pair best with lighter wines. We love pairing a juicy steak with a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. The bold flavours of the wine perfectly complement the rich flavours of the steak.
The wine’s acidity should match the dish’s acidity. High-acid wines like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir pair well with high-acidity level dishes, such as tomato-based sauces or citrus-based marinades, as they can either accentuate or neutralize the acidity in the food, creating a harmonious balance of flavours. We recommend a crisp Sauvignon Blanc with seafood, such as shrimp or scallops. The acidity in the wine helps cut through the richness of the seafood, creating a balanced and delicious flavour profile.
Another important factor to consider is the tannins in the wine. Tannins are compounds found in the skins and seeds of grapes that give the wine structure and texture. Wines with high tannin levels, like Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, are great options for strong, aged cheeses like cheddar or blue cheese.
When pairing wine with spicy foods, choose a wine with low alcohol content and a touch of sweetness, like Riesling or Gewurztraminer are a great choice, as the spiciness in the food can intensify the alcohol’s heat in the wine, making it overpowering. That’s why wines like Riesling or Gewurztraminer are ideal, as they help to balance the dish’s heat.
In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards natural and organic wines. Unlike traditional wines, natural and organic wines are made with grapes grown without pesticides or other harmful chemicals and are free from artificial additives and preservatives. As a result, they have a more pure and authentic taste. These wines are made with minimal intervention and are often paired with farm-to-table dishes or locally sourced ingredients. So, if you’re looking for a wine that complements the flavours of your meal without overpowering them, these natural wines may be the perfect choice.
By staying current on industry trends and exploring new and unique pairings, our team at Black Truffle aims to set ourselves apart from the competition by providing exceptional events with a high level of expertise.
So, for your next Black Truffle function, collaborate with our professional event planners, who are well-versed in food and wine pairing principles, to create a truly unforgettable catering experience.