Aside from impressing your date with your food and wine pairing know-how, knowing what wine goes with what meat also enhances your overall dining experience. It may seem intimidating at first, but trust us, there’s an easy way to remember what goes well with what. The following tips should help you out:
If your partner ordered a salad, ask her to pair it with a dry white wine. Dry white wines aren’t that sweet, so it won’t overwhelm the salad’s flavor. However, if there's fruit in the salad, best to pair it with something fruity, according to restaurateur Patrick Cuartero.
Jules Taylor Pinot Gris 2013, P972 for 750 ml. Get it here.
Dark and/or red meats
Bold flavored meats such as beef and lamb are best paired with red wine. Red wine enhances the flavor of the meat, but doesn’t overpower it. Just remember red wine = red meat. “Choose a cabernet or shiraz. Pinot noirs are good too,” suggests Cuartero.
Casa Donoso Evolucion Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, P489 for 750 ml. Get it here.
Fish and poultry
Red wine would easily drown out the flavors of fish and poultry, so go for a bottle of white wine. “Choose any chardonnay or pinot blanc,” says Cuartero.
Genesis Chile Reserva Chardonnay 2012, P633 for 750 ml. Get it here.
As for cheese, effervescence is key. “Except with blue cheese, go for any sparkling white,” Cuartero shares.
Anna De Codorniu Blanc De Blancs NV, P1,500 for 750 ml. Get it here.
For other dishes, the expert suggests the following:
Depends on the preparation, so it’s either red or white wine.
“My usual take is that I match the color of the sauce and the wine,” he says. Here's a cheat sheet:
Bolognese = red wine
Alfredo = white wine
Spaniard = red wine
Hollandaise = white wine
As for dessert—skip the wine and drink scotch.