By Harold Camaya.
Think about wine and the only thing that immediately strikes you is which food would pair well with which wine! As they say, find the right wine with the right food is a match made in heaven!
The centuries-old rules defined for drinking wine are simple: Red wine goes with red meat, white wine goes with white meat and rosé is good for summer. However, not everyone is a vegetarian. Or maybe you're just bored with the basic rules of food pairing and want to try something new and exciting! Well why not ?!
The right choice can take your experience from pleasant to memorable. We will therefore list here for you some unconventional food-wine pairing wines that you would like to try!
1. Red wine surprise
White wine goes very well with chicken. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't try red wine with chicken! Thought Burgundy or chilled bandol next time you want to get a little adventurous.
According to Sommelier Victoria james of Side, a Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse in New York, you can also accompany the fish with red wine. She thinks white wine pairs well with fish because grapes are low in tannins, which usually results in bitter or crisp characteristics in the wine. But we also have similar characteristics presented by low tannin options like champagne, rosé and red grapes like Pinot Noir, Grenache and Rossese. So you can take a break from your usual whites and try one of these for a refreshing change in your meal.
Surprisingly, red wine is also a great option for grains like farro, quinoa, and barley. That is, you could very well eat healthy foods - fibrous bread or a bowl of cereal and still treat yourself to a good wine. Try reds from regions like Languedoc, southern Italy, Spain, and Portugal.
2. The steak combo
Try something new with the steak. Usually people go for strong red wines like Barolo, Brunello, Northern Rhone and Bordeaux. But there is no hard and fast rule for this. Red meat doesn't always have to be paired with deep reds. A red like a Beaujolais or Pinot Noir, or even Champagne can aid digestion and could be a refreshing option!
3. A rosé for your salad
Well, it's not easy to really complement a raw vegetable salad with wine. Reds and even whites are generally considered unsuitable for the palate when combined with the vegetarian diet. However, your salads will taste great with a Pink. As James states, 'A rosé is versatile and its fresh fruit character is the perfect flavor to combat pyrazines. [vegetable aromas] and vegetal profile in salads. "
4. Whites for the creamy taste
To opt for creamy whites if you eat hummus. Beans or foods with a creamier texture like hummus taste great with white wines. James recommends having white wines that have undergone malolactic fermentation. White wines from Rhône, Provence, Burgundy, or Bordeaux traditionally pair well with creamy bites.
5. Cold meats, cheeses and sangria nights
Who doesn't love cheese ?! And cheese accompanied by a Sangria will certainly give you a well-deserved treat! Sangria can be served as an accompaniment to cheese due to its rich creaminess and mild flavor. You can serve the cheese on crackers or crostini with sliced Granny Smith apples. The rich, earthy flavor of goat cheese pairs perfectly as it balances the fruitiness of sangria. You can also pair aged cheddar, gouda, asago and camembert with sangria.
Cold cuts also work well with sangria because of their salty and smoky character. Cold meats, cheese and nuts and sangria! There you have a hit party right there! Serrano ham, prosciutto, and salami are all good options. You can serve them with your choice of white or red sangria.
A fruity and refreshing sangria can be made with red or white wine, sparkling or still, whichever you prefer.
Tips for serving your wine:
Here are some things to avoid if you really love wine:
1. Do not serve white wine straight out of the refrigerator.
2. Make sure your wine bottle always lies flat on its side and maintain its ideal temperature by keeping it in a cool, dark and still place.
3. Let your red wine cool in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving for best taste.
We would recommend either Wineworks Premium or Wineworks Superior as your first 30 Bottle Kit Wine. Both of these ranges are designed to produce a good quality wine that is ready to drink within 2-4 weeks but will benefit if left up to 6-8 weeks. Furthermore, they also have a great selection of wines to choose from.
If you’ve never made wine before or you simply don’t have any of the equipment or ingredients any longer then you could purchase one of our bundles. These bundles allie all the required equipment along with your prefered wine kit so that you can have everything delivered to your door and just get started. The Wineworks Superior Starter Bundles are a great choice if you want to keep the equipment budget down but still choose the quality of wine you’d like to go for. Whereas, the Wineworks Luxury Starter Bundles offer a better quality equipment pack and still let you choose from a great choice of wine packs.
The two most important critères of making wine are Cleanliness and Temperature. Firstly remember everything that comes into contact with the wine should be cleaned and sterilised ( see below ). Secondly maintain a constant temperature between 21-26°C ( 69-79°F ). It is much better to be on the cool side and constant than hot one minute and cold the next. Airing cupboards are definitely no, no’s. ( See below )
Clean and sterilise all equipment. Here’s a selection of Sterilisers you can use and if you not quite sure which steriliser to go for then you can take a look at our Beginners Wine Making Part 1 - Cleaning, Sterlising
Wineworks Superior wines : These usually take 10-15 days to ferment, and a further week to clear. Again the wine can be drunk immediately but we recommend ageing it 4 weeks but you can leave it up to 12 months. The time you will leave it will depend very much on your stocks. So get plenty built up. The reds benefit more than the whites with ageing. Certain kits ( see the list below ) are suited more to the experienced wine maker and take around 4 weeks to ferment and then left for a further 2 weeks. These products does really benefit from ageing. All the packs we list in this section require little ageing.
As it’s new to you it will probably take in all 2 hours for your first batch. However, once you are used to it 1 hour is about the maximum amount of time needed. We would also point out bar the bottling side; it takes just as long to make 6 bottles as it does to make 30 bottles, so we strongly recommend you make the larger quantity. After all 6 bottles doesn’t go very far as we said before !
From our experience it is much better to maintain a constant temperature than a fluctuating one. We suggest 21-26°C ( 69-79°F ), although if it is cooler than this, it is not a problem, it just takes slightly longer to ferment. If you can’t maintain this then we supply three different forms of heating equipment : Brew Belt / Heat BeltThis is a simple insulated electric cable that wraps round your container and provides a gentle heat. It is very flexible and extremely easy to use. Heat Tray ( 4 demi/5 Gallon Fermenter ) This is like a flat tray that provides a gentle continuous heat that goes under the fermenter. Immersion HeaterThis drops into the container, through the bung and can be thermostatically controlled to maintain the exact temperature. Similar to a fish tank heater. All these can be added to our starter coffret packages. See our scène showing the variétés of heating equipment available for your fermentation.
It is important to clean
If you’ve made it this far, hopefully understanding a bit of what we’ve said, then you’ll want to know how much it will cost to get started ! As you may have noticed, we’ve put together a couple of equipment kits which include everything you need, and take the confusion out of buying. You can make your first 30 bottles of Wine for approximately £65. 00. That’s all in ( Equipment