Tuesday, June 30, 2009
White Red Wines & Beers
If you like wine that's: Bubbly
Then choose: Champagne, prosecco or cava
Here's why: Slightly sweet, these sparkling white wines really pop.
Pair with: Many kinds of dishes, especially fried foods, salty snacks, light fish dishes and frittatas.
Good to know: Low alcohol
If you like wine that's: Crisp
Then choose: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc (unoaked), Soave
Also try: Albariño, Chardonnay (unoaked), Chenin Blanc, Muscadet, Pinot Blanc, white Rioja, Vinho Verde
Here's why: Light and clean tasting, these whites feature lemony citrus, green apple and unripe fruit flavors.
Pair with: Goat cheese, light seafood dishes, salads and vegetables.
Good to know: Low alcohol, low sugar and higher acidity also make them refreshing on their own.
Bargain tip: A chardonnay from outside the U.S.—like Australia—can be a great, tasty deal.
If you like wine that's: Floral
Then choose: Gewürztraminer, Riesling
Also try: white Bordeaux, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc (oaked)
Here's why: You'll pick up honeysuckle, peach and apricot flavors in these whites.
Pair with: Veggie-filled and spicy dishes (think Indian, Spanish or Korean-style foods) and fruit-based desserts.
Good to know: Low to medium alcohol
If you like wine that's: Buttery
Then choose: Chardonnay (oaked), Fumé Blanc, Sauternes
Also try: white Alsace, white Burgundy, Muscat, Roussanne, Sémillon, Viognier
Here's why: These creamy whites have notes of vanilla, toast and butter.
Pair with: Rich seafood and poultry dishes and cream- and butter-based sauces (the wine's big enough to handle it).
Good to know: Medium to high alcohol
If you like wine that's: Fruity
Then choose: Beaujolais, Rosé, Pinot Noir
Also try: red Burgundy, Gamay, Nebbiolo, Rioja Crianza
Here's why: You'll taste ripe plums and lots of luscious berries in these juicy reds.
Pair with: A wide variety of dishes, from spicy fish to poultry to game and braised meats.
Good to know: Light to medium alcohol
Bargain tip: Pink wines are often a steal! And speaking of good deals, try a fruity red from Portugal, one of the world's best regions for affordable wine.
If you like wine that's: Spicy
Then choose: Côtes du Rhone, Merlot, Shiraz/Syrah
Also try: Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Dolcetto, Grenache, Malbec, Petit Sirah, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
Here's why: These reds have hints of black pepper and warm spices like clove and nutmeg.
Pair with: Grilled meats or veggies, burgers, beef stew and spicy beef kebabs, as well as with tomato-based sauces and hard, sharp cheeses like parmesan.
Good to know: Medium alcohol
Bargain tip: Shiraz can give you bang for your buck.
If you like wine that's: Woodsy
Then choose: Barolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti, Rioja
Also try: Barbaresco, red Bordeaux, red Rhône
Here's why: You'll find nutty, earthy flavors in these reds like leather, tobacco, cedar and chocolate.
Pair with: Cheeses like Swiss and brie, lamb and dishes that include equally earthy flavors like mushrooms and onions.
Good to know: Medium to high alcohol
If you like wine that's: Jammy
Then choose: Brunello, Nero d'avola, Zinfandel
Here's why: These rich reds are packed with flavors of dried fruit, blackberry or cherry jam, caramel, light molasses and vanilla.
Pair with: Tender cuts of beef, pork chops, bacon, pungent blue cheeses and dark chocolate desserts.
Good to know: High alcohol
If you like beer that's: Clean and crisp
Then choose: pilsner, helles, red ale
Here's why: Dry and simple, these light-bodied beers have a touch of breadiness.
Delicious with: fried foods, shellfish, oily fish, prosciutto and Indian dishes.
If you like beer that's: Bright and citrusy
Then choose: hefeweisen, wit bier, lambic
Here's why: These light-bodied brews have subtle citrus and banana flavors.
Delicious with: egg dishes, leafy greens, salads, grilled fish, lobster, sushi and fruit-based desserts.
If you like beer that's: Fruity and bitter
Then choose: American pale ale, India pale ale (ipa), extra special bitter (esb)
Here's why: You'll taste candied fruit flavors and a refreshing bitterness in these robust beers.
Delicious with: grilled vegetables, pizza, spicy foods, guacamole, burgers, lasagna, mac ’n’ cheese and aged cheeses.
If you like beer that's: Herbal
Then choose: biere de garde, saison, tripel
Here's why: Strong and earthy, these beers also have herb and spice flavors.
Delicious with: roasted chicken, pesto, tuna, risotto and goat cheese.
If you like beer that's: Toasty and caramelly
Then choose: dubbel, tripel, bock, brown ale
Here's why: Bread, caramel and sweet spice flavors really stand out in these robust brews.
Delicious with: bacon, mushrooms, beans, burritos, steak, pork
If you like beer that's: Roasty and smooth
Then choose: stout, porter
Here's why: They're medium-bodied to robust, with coffee and chocolate flavors.
Delicious with: steak, barbecue, salami, shrimp, black beans, chocolate desserts and ice cream.