Do you know how to choose the perfect wine for your next meal? While it may seem difficult to correctly pair a wine with the food that you are eating, there are some easy ways to make sure that you get the right pairing.

Red Wine Goes With Red Food

If you are eating red meat or having red sauce with your pasta, you should consider a red wine to go with it. Generally, any rich food such as steak or lamb would be paired with a red wine that prepares your palette for the food you are about to eat.

White Wine Goes With Light Food

If you are planning on eating a salad or any other light food, it is better to have a white wine. White wines tend to be fruitier and have a crisper aftertaste. If you are having a chicken breast or a salmon for dinner, white wine is the best option to pair with dinner.

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Your Wine Shouldn’t Clash With Your Food

The wine that you drink shouldn’t clash with the food that you are eating. Instead, the wine should be a precursor for the flavors to come or enhance the taste of your food. Therefore, look for a wine that has a low sugar content if you are eating sweet foods and something with a little extra pop if you are eating dry foods.

Regional Wines Are the Best

A regional wine can be your best bet when deciding on an option for your next meal. If you have dinner regularly with your friends or colleagues, they may be able to recommend a wine that you can try. The same is true when you go out to eat at a restaurant. Your waiter or waitress should be able to give you a few suggestions that will make your meal even better.

Go With Your Gut

If you have been drinking wine for a long time, you know which wines taste good. Instead of relying on a wine expert to tell you what you should drink, decide for yourself what you like the best. After all, part of picking the right wine is selecting something that won’t leave you asking for a glass of water to wash down your meal. Choosing the right wine for your next meal requires some trial and error. Some guidelines can be helpful, but you won’t know which wine you like the best until you have tried out a variety of combinations on your own.

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