How to Properly Pair Wine and Food for Your Next at Home Party

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Hosting dinner parties is an excellent way to connect with people, bond with friends, catch up with each other, and enjoy great-tasting foods and drinks. Even with the ongoing pandemic, you can still host dinner parties for yourself and the people in your bubble. But hosting parties can be quite stressful as well, especially if you're deciding what foods and drinks you should prepare for the night. You only want the best pairings for everyone to enjoy! 

If you’re planning on hosting a dinner party for you and your bubble, no worries about getting the right wine selections—you can easily get wine online without having to risk going out and to a wine store that won’t have what you were specifically looking for. If you have an at-home dinner party, here are some excellent food and wine pairing options to help you decide.  These pairings can help make a luxurious dinner even in the comfort of your own home.

 

Pair Wine and Food for Your Next at Home Party

How to Properly Pair Wine and Food for Your Next at Home Party

Fatty Fish Dishes and Chardonnay

If you and your attendees love fish dishes, it would be best if you pair them with silky white wines like a good bottle of Chardonnay. Pair it with a hearty salmon dish, trout salad, squid, and other seafood recipes. Chardonnays would go best with these meals—especially if they have creamy, heavy sauces—as Chardonnay is a lighter white wine, which balances nicely with the freshness of the fish and any heaviness from sauces. The richness of the meal and the silkiness of the wine will surely make an excellent time for you and your guests. 

Tart Dressings and Sauvignon Blanc

Another wine that pairs well with sauces is the Sauvignon blanc. But rather than heavy, rich meals, it goes better with tangy foods and dressings like spaghetti with anchovy carbona. This kind of recipe will not hide the zippy and citrusy taste of the Sauvignon blanc. Other meals you can pair with this wine include:

  • Shrimp and lettuce salad with garlic mint dressing

  • Fish roasted with potatoes and thyme

  • Spring panzanella

  • Grilled vegetable pasta

Sauvignon blanc is an excellent wine choice for a light and fresh meal lineup. Pair it with tangy foods, and you'll surely enjoy this citrusy wine at its best. 

Earthy Dishes and Pinot Noir

If you want to enjoy red wine for your dinner party, Pinot noir is a classic and excellent choice. It has a great savory depth yet is light-bodied at the same time. The best food pairings you can do with Pinot noir are recipes that mainly highlight earthy ingredients. You can opt for a truffle and mushroom dish, green lentils, and leeks. Here are some dishes to give you an idea:

  • Cumin-spiced red lentil burgers
  • Lentil soup
  • Green lentil curry
  • Mushroom risotto
  • Portobello salad with prosciutto

Cheeses and Dry Rosé

A dry rosé is the best way to go if you love cheese. It has the fruitiness of red wines and the acidity of white wines, making it perfect for almost all kinds of cheese. You can never go wrong with rich, cheesy dishes! It's a great way to fill up your stomachs, and you'll indulge in the cheesy richness paired with your versatile dry rosé wine. 

Barbecue Sauces and Malbec 

A Malbec is a red wine with bold and big flavors that will match well with barbecue sauces. If you're planning a barbecue night, you might want to try pairing Malbec with dishes coated in heavily spiced barbecue sauces. Here are some recipes you may try:

  • Masala roasted paneer
  • Cider-brined pork chop
  • Ribs with chipotle miso barbecue sauce
  • Texas barbecue brisket
  • Coffee-cured pulled pork
  • Asian barbecued chicken
  • Barbecue ribs

Salt and Champagne

Dry sparkling wines like Champagne usually have a touch of sweetness that go well with salty foods. It's a refreshing drink to pair with your favorite salty dishes like: 

  • Fried chicken
  • Steak
  • Lobster
  • Roasted chicken
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Octopus
  • Duck
  • Pizza

You can either go fancy or a set of homey dishes with Champagne. If you want a simple dinner, who wouldn't enjoy a good meal of creamy macaroni and cheese, or pizza? Champagne is an excellent all-around wine that you can either dress up or dress down. Enjoy the night with your guests with this classic wine that you can pair with most dishes.

Takeaway

There are many wine and meal options out there that you can choose from. Whether you want a fancy meal, a comfy and hearty dish pairing, or a light meal, there's a perfect kind of wine for you. You can be adventurous and try various pairing during your free time to be ready for your next at-home property. At the end of the day, what matters is that you're having fun with the people that surround you, and they're enjoying the company you provide them as well. 

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