Ask any sommelier – choosing the right wine for a specific dish is part art, part science. Some pairings are relatively straightforward, for example, many fish dishes are usually enhanced with a light white wine such a Sauvignon Blanc, while a juicy steak is usually best paired with something weighty, like a spicy Shiraz. But while fish and red meats may benefit from these more obvious pairings, other foods such as cheese, herbs, vegetables, carbohydrates and spices are a little harder to match. Go Brazil’s wines are listed with brief food pairing recommendations, but here we look at which are the best Brazilian wines for a wider variety of popular dishes.
Salt balances acidic wine, so foods – especially snack-food like olives, anchovies, crisps and canapés taste great when paired with a dry, sparkling wine, such as our Campos de Cima Brut Champenoise 2012 or Sanjo Brut Chardonnay NV.
Cheese is an interesting one because different whites and reds can both pair well with it, depending on the flavour and consistency of the cheese. However, nearly all cheeses work well with a still dry rosé, such as our Campos de Cima Antonietta Rosé 2017 or Sinais Malbec Rosé 2017, both of which have the fruity, berry character of many reds, but the acidity of a typical white.
Rich or Fatty Fish
For oil-rich fish like salmon or tuna, for example, or where seafood is served in a rich sauce, our suggestion is for a lightly – not heavily – oaked Chardonnay, which itself may show some buttery or vanilla flavours. Fitting the bill perfectly are our Don Guerino Reserva Chardonnay 2017 or the equally delicious Pizzato Legno Chardonnay 2014.
Seafood & Light Fish Dishes
Seafood and white fish such as sea bass, cod or pollock will generally demand a ‘neutral’ or light style of white wine. Here, we would suggest either our Sinais Sauvignon Blanc 2017 or the extremely versatile Pizzato Fausto Chardonnay 2017.
Dishes with delicate or earthy flavours such as mushrooms or truffles pair best with light bodied red wines, such as our popular Brazilian Pinot Noir, Aurora Varietal Pinot Noir 2015, as they complement rather than overwhelm these underlying flavours.
Heavily Spiced Dishes
Fuller bodied, mature red wines tend to work well with dishes that have been seasoned with Middle-Eastern spices like harissa or cumin, especially if they themselves have some spicy notes. We would recommend our Pizzato Reserva Tannat 2012 or Sanjo Nubio Cabernet Sauvignon 2008.
Roast and BBQ Red Meat
With its fresh dark fruits and hints of black pepper and capsicum, our Don Guerino Sinais Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 is the perfect match for a juicy steak fresh off the grill. Enjoy also with rosemary-infused lamb chops or a hearty beef casserole.
The intensely aromatic and slightly floral notes of a dry Moscato (‘Muscat’) are said to be a good match for oriental dishes such as Thai green curries, while our dry Don Guerino Sinais Italico Riesling 2017 is pleasantly fruity and goes well with lightly spiced Indian dishes.
Sweet sparkling wines such as our wonderful, light-bodied and low alcohol Don Guerino Rosé Moscato NV help emphasise the fruit in a dessert, rather than the sugar, and work perfectly with crumbles, tarts and fruit cakes.
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