A great meal starts and ends with a balance of flavor and texture. We’ve all had disappointing meals where those things just don’t work on their own or together. Having to be concerned about how a certain beverage will work in the mix just complicates things even further. It can be quite daunting to the uninitiated when it comes to the crazy huge selection of wines that are on the market these days. Instead of flailing around blindly in the dark as you try this or that all the while hoping that you’ll stumble on a successful combination, try participating in a wine pairing dinner.
I personally prefer Latin fusion dining when I go to a wine pairing dinner, but don’t by any means feel that it is the only choice. Wine can be paired with pretty much any kind of food. I have learned a lot about wine in and of itself, but more importantly, I have learned what kinds of wine go well with what kinds of cuisine. The dinners are also fun for the wife and I because we get out of the house for a bit, escape the kids, meet new people with like interests, get a good meal, and learn something new all at once.
Wine pairing isn’t exactly difficult, but it isn’t exactly easy just purely due to the number of food and wine options out there. Having someone plan a multi-course meal with a sampling of different wines to go with the food makes it easy to learn. Though, keep in mind, wine pairing isn’t exactly a science and has plenty of room for personal opinion. That’s part of the fun; debating the successful pairing of this wine with that Latin fusion dining or the obvious failing of it.