Whether you’re organising a dinner party for your friends, or you just want to cook the perfect meal for your partner, understanding how to match drinks and food will help you to achieve your goals. For whatever reason, the human pallet acts in a certain way, and your ability to provide the perfect beverage with everything you cook will make a significant difference to how other people perceive your efforts. Sometimes even a bland meal can be made exquisite with the right type of wine or alcohol.
All this said; the article you’re reading at the moment has been written in the hope of pointing you in the right direction. There are many books on the subject, and I would advise you to check them out if you really want to become a master at this, but the points made in the post should give you a good idea about where you need to start. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a professional chef, and I’ve never been to cooking school, but I do throw regular dinner parties that have become the talk of the town, so I know a thing or two about different wines and which meals they best compliment.
Red wine goes exceptionally well with red meats. Whether you plan to cook roast beef, lamb or perhaps something a little more ambitious like venison, the right red wine can be the perfect addition to your menu. Just remember to avoid the cheapest solutions, as they’re almost certainly inferior. That said; there are some pretty nice wines in the supermarkets these days, so just buy a few different bottles and do a taste test before your guests arrive. The chances are, if you’ve told them about your menu; they could well have bought some along too anyway.
White wine usually works best with chicken or fish dishes, and while you can serve it with almost anything, you’ll get the best response if you opt for one of those. Perhaps you might like to make a chicken casserole, or perhaps a homemade fish pie? Either way, adding some quality white wine into the mix will make your guests more appreciative of your efforts. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend hundreds of pounds to find something suitable either. Usually, you can get a nice bottle for less than £20. Although, if you choose to spend more, you won’t be disappointed.
Beer, Lager, Bitter
If your guests are big fans of drinking beer, lager or bitter, you might want to look towards cooking something similar to that which you might find on a pub menu. Don’t get me wrong, you can still make everything from scratch and really put your heart and soul into it, but steak and chips or something like that usually works well with those drinks.
So, now you’ve taken the time to check out my suggestions, you should be in a better position to make sure your drinks and meals match properly in the future. There’s nothing wrong with being eccentric and trying something different, but some things just work well together, and so you should take note.
Thanks for reading!