Thursday, December 20, 2012

How To Select Wine To Have With Salads

It is an age-old question and frankly one that does not have a definitive answer. What is that you ask? It is what kind of wine goes with which type of salad. Having said that there is no sure shot answer, there are still some wines that will go better with particular types of salads and their dressings. One thing that must be kept in mind and that is that there are often high acidic levels in salad dressings and these sometimes serve to make the wine taste sort of flat.

But nonetheless, there are always going to be certain wines chosen to go with salads, there's just no way around that. Before we go further however, a little tip; one way of making the salad dressing less acidic is to use something besides vinegar. Okay, let's get started with the recommended pairings. If your salad is accompanied with beef, especially a grilled type, then hearty red wines work best.

Another pairing that has been found to be quite successful is Chardonnay or Pinot Noir together with salads that feature mushrooms or any kind of roasted veggies. Likewise, spicy types of wine like Zinfandel and Petite Syrah tend to go well with their salad counterparts, peppery greens. Now if you really want to see a salad that goes good with a large variety of different wines, splash some herbs into your salad mix.

And here are some quick-shot pairings that many people have found appealing. Caesar Salads combined with something tart like Portuguese Vinho Verde or Pinot Grigio. Beaujolais or perhaps Pinot Noir with Cobb salads. Any kind of Mediterranean style wine with Nicoise Salads. Sauvignon Blanc or the aforementioned Pinot Grigio goes extremely well with Caprese Salads.

One thing you need to keep in mind is that the appeal of any particular combination of wine and salad will be in the opinion of the particular person consuming the pair. What tastes great to one person may not exactly be the cat's meow to the next. Experimenting is really the only way you are going to know what wine works best with which salad.

Another thing you should keep in mind is that if you are in the habit of hosting dinner parties, try and find out - without being too intrusive - what particular wine -salad pairings your guests have found to their liking. If it is usually just you and your significant other, then it is quite a bit easier to find out which matchup the two of you like.

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