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The Ultimate Wine and Food Pairing Guide

Did you know that Italy has been ranked as the best country in the world for wine lovers?

The survey conducted by Lastminute.com ranked France as the second-best country for wine, Spain as the third-best country for wine, and South Africa as the fourth.

If you want to impress your friends and family with your food and drink knowledge and host a dinner party, then keep reading to check out our wine and food pairing guide.

How to Pair Wine with Food

Sharpening your culinary skills doesn’t have to take too much time. Enriching your dishes can be done when you pair it with the right beverage. If you’re a beginner to food and wine pairings and no idea which wine goes well with which food, we’ve got you covered.

Tip 1: Master Wine Pairings with This Simple Rule

Firstly, it is very important that you match your wine with your food. Choose a lighter wine, such as white wines, for lighter meals. Choose a heavier wine, such as red wines, for heavier meals.

For example, if you’re making a fish dish such as Sole or cod, then make sure you pair it with a white such as a Sauvignon Blanc. If you’re making a red meat dish then pair it with a red such as Malbec. 

Tip 2: Do Your Own Experiments

Spend some time experimenting with your favorite foods and wines. Open a few different bottles and cook up some of your most-loved dishes. Taste the wine and then try your dishes. Focus on which dish goes best with which wine. 

You might want to invite some friends and family over to help you experiment with different tastes and textures. Everyone will have different preferred tastes, but it will be interesting to find out who likes which wine pairing most and why.

Tip 3: Visit a Winery

One of the best ways to learn more about your favorite wine is to visit wineries. At the winery, you’ll be able to ask the experts about the wines and find out more about the wine’s flavors and which food they best compliment. 

Alternatively, if you can’t make it to a winery, you might choose to go to a local restaurant that has a food and wine pairing menu. These menus are designed to educate you on different foods and wines that go well together.

Tip 4: Identify the Basic Taste of Your Dish

Another way to get your pairing right is by identifying the basic tastes in your dish. Is your dish salty? Is it acidy? Is it sweet? Is the dish bitter? Is it fatty? Or is your dish spicy?

Once you’ve identified the basic taste of your dish you can then match it with the right wine. Red wines tend to have more bitterness, White, rosé, and sparkling wines generally have more acidity. And of course, sweet-tasting wines have more sweetness.

Tip 5: Match the Wine to the Sauce

If your dish uses a sauce then make sure you match your wine to that, as opposed to the meat. If your dish uses a citrus sauce then match your meal with a sauvignon blanc. If your sauce is red and rich then pair it with a shiraz. If your sauce is creamy or mushroomy then pair it with chardonnay.

If your dish doesn’t have a sauce with it then just focus on matching your wine with the meat or fish.

Wine Pairing Guide: Dishes and Wines

Now you’ve learned a little more about the way to pair your wines and dishes, have a look at these commonly paired meals and wines. The most common wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Syrah.

Chefs and cooking enthusiasts tend to pair Chardonnay with grilled chicken or grilled fish. Chardonnay also goes great with shellfish and salmon. If you’re wanting to pair Chardonnay with a particular sauce then make sure it is a creamy one. 

Pinot Noir is also known to pair well with chicken, salmon, and foods that have been grilled. 

If you’re planning a cheese and wine party, make sure you combine mild cheese with Sauvignon Blanc. This white wine also goes well with fruit and white or light fish.

Combine red meats that have been grilled or smoked with Cabernet Sauvignon. This red wine also goes great with barbequed steak. 

Serve Merlot with pasta, red meat, or duck dishes. This great-tasting red can also be served with smoked or grilled foods.

Italian dishes in particular work well with Zinfandel. If you’re serving your guests with tomato pasta dishes, pizzas, or pesto dishes, then make sure you pair it with Zinfandel. You can also serve Zinfandel with red meats and chicken that has a heavy sauce.

Syrah works best with spicy pizzas, herbed sauces on red meat, and red meats. You might also want to serve Syrah at Thanksgiving as it pairs great with turkey.

Light spicy dishes, salads, pasta salads, or BBQ chicken and fish, try pairing these dishes with a Dry Rosé.

Learn more about wine by discovering the latest findings from the 2019 wine industry expo.

Impress Your Friends and Family with Your Knowledge from Our Wine and Food Pairing Guide

Follow our wine and food pairing guide to impress your friends and family at your next dinner party. Remember to try out the pairing before you serve it up and that there are no rules set in stone when pairing, so get creative and try out new combinations. 

If you enjoyed this guide, then make sure you check out some of our other articles all about food and drink and be sure to have a look at some of our latest recipes.

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Light vs. Dark Roast Coffee: Which Is Better?

Are you a coffee drinker who’s still looking for your favorite kind? Do you want to know more about the difference between light and dark roasts? Do you want to make sure you’re getting all the health benefits in your usual morning cup of Joe?

64% of American adults drink coffee daily. Considering the continuous growth of coffee drinkers, it’s not surprising that more people also want to know about what they drink. In this guide, we’ll talk about light roast vs dark roast coffee beans.

Read on for the difference between the two as well as the health benefits they offer. If you make it up to the end, we’ll give you the verdict.

1. The Roasting Difference

The major difference between light and dark roast coffee is the amount of roasting time. When you roast coffee beans, you’re getting water out of the bean via evaporation. The longer you roast the beans, the darker they become.

The more evaporation goes on in a bean, the less dense it becomes. Thus, light roast coffee is often denser than dark roast coffee. This is why light roast coffee has more caffeine and flavor, which we’ll talk about later.

Sometimes, the difference isn’t the time but the temperature. Dark roast means the beans stayed on the roasting machine at a higher temperature or for a longer time. From what we learned earlier, it’s safe to say dark roast coffee beans have a thinner density than light roast.

Before we move on, let’s bust a coffee myth. On the caffeine content on light roast vs dark roast, some say that both have the same amount of caffeine. This is true.

The myth is when people say that a scoop of dark roast has more caffeine or is “stronger”. If you measure coffee by volume or scoopful, you’re not considering the density of the beans.

If you want to know the true difference, measure beans by mass or by weight. You’ll see that light roast beans are denser, which means 50g of it holds more caffeine than 50g of dark roast. Though there’s a slight difference, it’s very minimal and almost has no impact. 

2. Health Benefits

Most of us already know that coffee has antioxidants that help protect us against health problems. However, dark roasts and light roasts have different health benefits. If you’re health-conscious, you’re sure to enjoy knowing how light or dark roast coffee will affect you.

Let’s start with the health benefits of light roast coffee. A study found that lighter roasts have higher levels of antioxidants activity. Lighter roasts also have higher chlorogenic acid content, which reduces high blood pressure.

The effect of chlorogenic acid is like caffeine, only it isn’t as potent as caffeine. Other than that it reduces blood pressure, it’s also used as an anti-diabetes supplement. Some even use it as an anti-obesity supplement.

While not all anti-oxidants are anti-inflammatory (and vice versa), light roasts carry more antioxidants. This means it can help against the inflammations of chronic diseases. These diseases include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or Alzheimer’s.

If you do have the diseases mentioned above, remember that coffee isn’t a cure. It only helps lighten their effect of the disease on the body. Seek medical attention if you haven’t yet for these diseases.

Now, dark roast coffee lovers might want to change roasts. However, dark roast coffee has some health benefits still. It still has antioxidants that fight off inflammation.

It only so happens that lighter roasts have more health benefits.

3. Flavor and Texture

If you remember, light roast coffee is denser than dark roast. This means that the bean holds more taste than dark coffee. This often fits coffee types with fruity, herbal flavors.

The sooner the coffee bean is out of the heat, the more flavors it still has. Also, if you’re looking for coffee with more caffeine content, a light roast is your best friend.

The thinner dark roast coffee beans lose more moisture in the roasting machine. This is why dark coffee has typical coffee tastes. These include the taste of roasted nuts, graham crackers, and caramel.

Another difference between light and dark roasts is the texture of the coffee. Coffee beans put under a light roast give a thinner body. If you drink it, it’s like drinking strong black tea.

Dark roast coffee has a fuller, thicker texture. This is because their longer roasting process lets the beans develop oils and bring them to the surface.

4. Light Roast vs Dark Roast: Verdict

Finally, it’s time to know which the better choice is for you coffee lovers out there. As with most things, you should base this decision on your preferences.

Do you like flavorful coffee? Do you want a touch of complexity in every sip? Do you want to drink something that doesn’t offer as much thickness in each nip?

Do you prefer something with more brightness or “acid”? If your answer to the above-mentioned questions is yes, light roast coffee is what you want. Light roast coffee suits those who want a taste of adventure in their cup.

When it comes to flavor, do you like your coffee straightforward? Do you want something thicker and richer even if it offers a singular flavor? Do you enjoy your coffee more with a decadent chocolatey flavor?

Dark roast coffee is for you if your answer to those questions above is yes. It’s the kind of roast for those who love their coffee with low acidity and deeper, darker flavors. Dark roast coffee thrives best with flavors that are nutty, caramel-like, or chocolatey. 

Remember, caffeine content remains the same whether you choose light or dark roast. The only way to get more caffeine is to add more coffee. If you’re looking to have less caffeine in your cup, decaf coffees are always available for you.

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Coffee is as complex as wine in that it has so much potential. Every cup can be a unique and new experience. The roast of the beans is only one contributing factor to that journey.

Now, you know more about what makes a light roast vs dark roast. Share the knowledge with your friends and or let them read this guide.

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