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5 ways to ruin a good meal with wine

 TAGS:undefinedImagine the following scenario: You organize a meal to celebrate something with your friends or family. It took you several days thinking of the food you serve and the ideal wine pairing. When the day arrives, everything is perfect; however, small details that seemed unimportant end up distracting from efforts invested in the preparation. If you don’t want this to happen, we recommend paying attention to some things you should avoid to not ruining an excellent meal.

Artichokes

Artichokes and wine are not a good combination. Although this statement is not entirely true, because combined with the right wines it can be good. Apparently, artichokes have a component called cinarina that makes the wine’s taste somewhat strange. It is best to choose light-bodied white wines.

Wine temperature

Each wine type should be consumed according to the recommended temperature. A red served too hot, or a very cold white can spoil the taste of certain foods. If you notice that the red wine is too warm, just put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving. On the other hand, remove the white wine from the refrigerator a few minutes before serving.

Bad combinations

Matching flavours and recipes with wines to enhance the taste isn’t always as simple as it seems. A good meal can be ruined if the wine is not suitable for the actual type of dish. Too sweet doesn’t pair well with rather fatty foods. With desserts, however, they do. White wines don’t work with game dishes. It is better to inform yourself on the matter before choosing the best combinations and wines for each type of cuisine.

Don’t use ice cubes to cool the wine

Wine lovers already know about this. If the wine we serve is too warm, we might think of adding an ice cube. But by adding ice, we are mixing wine with water. That being said it is best to put the bottle into the refrigerator for 10 minutes. 

Don’t mix two different wines in the same glass

When we drink wines of different brands, backgrounds, and taste from the same glass the taste can be somewhat strange. The best thing is to have separate glasses for each wine to enjoy each one’s particular characteristics at its most.

Uvinum wine recommendations: 

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The Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2015: White meat and seafood is an ideal match for this Sauvignon Blanc. A wine white rated with 4 points on 5 according to Uvinum’s users. 

 

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Vidigal Porta 6 2015: A red wine with Lisbon DO is made with 2015 grapes and with an alcohol content of 13º.

The best wines for desserts

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Sweet but with some taste of fruit. Wines suitable for desserts can actually be quite varied. We propose some ideas for dessert wine.

Sparkling wines like Spanish cava or champagnes go well with any dessert: they are very suitable for cakes, pastries, frozen cakes, and chocolate … at any big celebration, sparkling wine plays an important role at the end of the evening, accompanying the desserts.

White wine is always preferred with a slightly lighter dessert. Some desserts such as creams are perfectly accompanied with a rather fresh, sweeter, fruity young wine. A good choice may be a Riesling or Monastrell that go well with desserts like vanilla-based puddings and fruit tarts.

And what about red wine? More and more, red wine finds itself specifically made for desserts to combine very well with savory desserts like cheeses, curds, nuts or pancakes of various flavors. But, undoubtedly, red wine becomes the star when there is chocolate in the center. The flavors are sublime and enhanced when you combine cocoa and red wine. It goes also well with desserts like pies with berries, ice cream or coffee … always including a hint of cocoa.

A good Pinot Noir, a Porto and a variety of Rioja Somontano  are perfect for desserts where chocolate makes an appearance. At the same time, the Pedro Ximenez is another alternative which offers a wide range to choose from and combines well with chocolate sweets. As for sweet reds, some types such as Garnacha and Monastrell go perfectly with creams, pastries, cakes or other less heavy dessert.

As always, we offer some suggestions so you can enjoy the sweet life. Cheers!

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Vista Alegre Reserva Ruby Decanter: a fortified wine of the Port DO

 

 

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Dow’s Fine Tawny: a fortified wine Port is made with port and 19º of alcohol content.