Choosing a wine to go with a dish can be a complex task. Ensuring a wine doesn’t overpower your food or vise versa is key
and takes practice.
White and red blends often offer a wider flavour profile and work with a variety of foods so give you a place to start. Some ideas:
C.C. Jentsch Cellars “The Chase” 2013 a mature red blend, is super food friendly and works well with casual favourites like burgers and meatloaf and can step up to pair with a roast beef dinner or steak.
C.C. Jentsch Cellars “The Quest” 2016 a white blend of unoaked chardonnay, viognier and gewürztraminer pairs well with a vegetable frittata with fresh fruit cocktail.
C.C. Jentsch Cellars Cabernet Merlot 2016 is a light body red that goes well with pizza, pasta, charcuterie, even grilled cheese sandwiches (Like a multi tiered artisan bread, multi cheese delight) with bacon, caramelized onions and fig puree!
Everyone has a personal set of flavour preferences and different levels of flavour perception so the more wine you taste and the more food combinations you try the better.
A dish’s weight (from fat, protein and sugar), heat (from spice & seasoning), and the intensity of flavour and texture of foods are best matched up with wines of similar weight and intensity. Big flavour in a dish matches best with a bold, full bodied wine.
Winter weather leads to hearty, meals and C.C. Jentsch Cellars offers a delicious Syrah and a selection of Small Lot Series wines including Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Yum!!
For those interested in upping their wine pairing game I recommend these books:
Drink Progressively – Hadley and TJ Douglas
Wine and Food Pairing for Dummies – John Szabo
What to Drink With What You Eat – Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
C.C. Jentsch Cellars
4522 Highway 97, Oliver, BC