How to Pair Wine with Your Meal

Wine can be an essential part of a meal, but how many of us really know how to pair wine and food? You might be surprised to know that learning how to perfectly pair wine with your meal is easier than you’d think! By following a few simple guidelines, anyone can discover matches made in taste heaven.

The most important tip is to keep an open mind. If you go into a pairing with the idea that the match won’t taste good, it probably won’t.

Red Bank Wine WalkAside from keeping an open mind, the most common tip is one you’ve heard before: white meat goes with white wine and red meat goes with red wine. It’s hard to go wrong with this simply idea! There is more to keep in mind, though. The way the food is cooked will also impact the wine pairing. Though chicken pairs best with white wine, grilled or roasted chicken will be best with Chardonnay and chicken with a rich sauce will be better with a Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon.

In following this white/white, red/red guideline, you’ll find that there are a lot of traditional pairings. Beef or lamb goes well with a full-bodied red wine such as Barbera, Sangiovese, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Merlot or Pinot Noir. Tomato based meals, especially Italian dishes, will go best with Barbera, Sangiovese or a Zinfandel. Pinot Noir is also paired with a duck-based meal, making it a nice choice for Thai food in New Jersey. Fish and other seafood is commonly paired with white wine, most often a Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. However, flaky fish will taste its best with a dry Riesling or Chardonnay.

Speaking of Thai food, spicy foods should be paired with a sweet Riesling, as the sweet wine will offset the bold spices of the food. You should also try a sweet wine with dessert, as long as the dessert isn’t as sweet as the wine.

That said, while these are all great pairings, it is important to remember that this isn’t an exact science. In order to get the very best pairing for you, have fun and experiment!

Take A Walk, Enjoy Some Wine

When you combine several great experiences into one, the result is a fantastic day out. That’s why we’re so pleased to be participating in Red Bank’s monthly Food & Wine Walks. The next is on Sunday, July 21, and you won’t want to miss it.

Combining a stroll through the historic Red Bank community, samples of delicious food from an array of Red Bank restaurants, including Siam Garden’s Thai cuisine, and wine tastings at selected establishments, Red Bank Wine Walkthe monthly Food & Wine Walks are a great way to experience new things with new people. With a wristband serving as your “ticket,” you tour the town while sampling great food and drink. It’s a wonderful day out!

Wristbands to take part are just $35 per person and are good for the entire afternoon.

Wristbands go on sale at 1:30pm on the day of the event, with the walk itself starting at 2:00pm. They can be purchased at the following locations (ID required for purchase) and include a map of all participating establishments:

  • Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar – 11 Bridge Avenue
  • Red Restaurant & Lounge – 3 Broad Street
  • Teak – 64 Monmouth Street

At Siam Garden, located in the historic Galleria, we are proud to offer two samples of authentic Thai cuisine for participants. We’re sure you will enjoy them!

We urge you to come visit our beautiful, historic community. We are proud to do business in such a lovely place, which is why we take part in events like the Food & Wine Walk.

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