Following simple pairing rules may enough for some people but getting to great pairings takes more effort. Fortunately, the knowledge of our BottleCru expert sommeliers have been captured into a simple-to-use online tool! Try it:
Great pairings are not easy for someone who is not a trained Sommelier or chef. This is because it is not just the base ingredients/protein of a meal (e.g. beef) but how the food is cooked, and what sauces, seasonings or garnishes are added that determine the best wine parings.
Wine style, not just the grapes it’s made from, defines the overall aroma, taste and texture and how it pairs with foods. For example, all Chardonnays do not pair the same. Their acidity, aromas, taste profiles and perceived weight on the palate can be quite different. There are dramatic differences in paring an Oaky Napa Chardonnay, a Burgundy White and a French Chablis. They taste and interact with foods in dramatically different ways.
There are rules of thumb that can be applied to making successful pairings, but they must be applied with some considerable care. Using our guide can help lead you to determine the best pairings for your food and wine and provide a more satisfying experience.
So you want to try to create great pairings yourself? Here are a short useful set of guidelines to get started.
Then leverage the thousands of great pairings created by professional trained chef/somms with the BottleCru web-app. Here is a shortcut to go directly to the Wine and Food Pairing section of the app.
BTW. Trying to pair two different dishes or meals with one wine selection? No problem…We’ve got you covered. The app can pair two different meals!