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What to Eat with Your Red Wine

It seems that many people are acquiring an ever-growing interest in food and, more particularly, the pairing of different foods and wines. In a country that produces some of the world’s best wine and also some of the most amazing food, it makes sense that we love to match our foods and wine.

An individual choice

There’s no denying that when it comes to food and wine, the individual items and pairings that we prefer often come down to individual choice. Because everyone has a different and very personal sense of taste, it is appropriate that we should all decide for ourselves which combinations of food and wine taste the best.

While your own tongue and taste buds will guide you towards the foods and wine that go well together, there are many combinations that are agreed to combine very well. For example, many types of cheese and red wine are renowned for the way that they complement and evoke delicious flavours and qualities in each other. It’s for this reason that such items are so often included in the very best gift baskets and Christmas hampers, which always make a perfect choice of gift.

General guidelines

As we have established, tastes and preferences are so often personal, but plenty of flavour combinations and different types of foods and wine are known to go well together.

Generally speaking, throughout the course of a meal, wine is drunk from light to dark; because a meal typically starts with more delicate tastes, sparkling wine or champagne, followed by white wine, is often consumed. Red wine enjoys incredible popularity with people in Australia (including acclaimed foodies!) and is most often served with heavier types of food, such as beef and pasta dishes made using a tomato-based sauce.

In Australia, we are indeed fortunate that so many fine quality and delicious red wines are available to us.

So, what to eat with red wine?

  • Strong cheeses: One of the very best types of food you can enjoy with red wine is cheese. Strong flavoured cheeses are particularly delicious with varieties of red wine, including Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot noir, Beaujolais and port. This makes sense given that cheese and port are so often served at the end of a meal.
  • Pasta with red sauces: Red wine is an effective and delicious complement to many pasta dishes that have a tomato-based sauce. Cream-based sauces tend to go less well with red wines. Different varieties of red wine tend to bring out the flavours within tomato-based pasta dishes and are particularly enjoyed in the cooler months. There is something very comforting about a delicious pasta dish matched with a gorgeous red wine!
  • Beef: Of all the different types of meat, it’s beef that’s most often perfectly matched with red wine. The heaviness of beef and the richness of different types of red wine enhance each other and evoke delicious flavours and qualities.
  • Chocolate: Chocolate and red wine are two of life’s absolute pleasures! It follows that many people take great delight in knowing that these two delicacies combine so well. Cabernet, Merlot and port enhance chocolate especially well and provide a most enjoyable eating and drinking experience.

Red wine is enjoyed by a huge number of people, and especially when matched with different types of food. Beef, pasta dishes with red sauce, strong cheeses and chocolate are just some of the foods that pair effectively with red wine and create some wonderful flavour combinations.