Wine & Food
Even for a Sommelier, wine and food pairing is very subjective, but for many people, a perfect match between the wine and the dish being served is of utmost importance. Chefs being the artists that they are continue to push our taste buds to new sensations, broadening our culinary horizons, and inspiring the need to discover wines to complement their latest creations. Hopefully this guide can help.
Before you get through the steps of how you properly taste wine, here is one very important piece of advice: Your palate shouldn’t be tainted by any tobacco, toothpaste, coffee, gum, or any other sweetness or sourness left in your mouth. Have a piece of bread or a cracker to cleanse your palate before you get started. It is also important to find a room that is not contaminated with strong odors that might interfere with your experience.
Wine Serving Temperatures
Here are some basic guidelines for the right serving temperatures for your wines.
Wine & Health
The association between wine consumption and health has been the topic of scientific studies for many years. Researches as far back as the beginning of the 20th century have demonstrated that drinking wine in moderation* is connected with longevity and good health.
One of the explanations is that the effect of alcohol reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, the primary cause of mortality in the United States. This is how it works: wine consumption increases the production of HDL, decreases thrombosis, reduces fibrinogen , enhances fibrinolysis, and boosts blood flow. All good for the heart!