The Wine Grotto at STORBOX Self-Storage in Pasadena is all about helping you explore and enjoy the endless possibilities of wine without having to store it all at your house or apartment. With that in mind, it isn’t only wine storage that we want to help with, but also wine education. The more we learn about wine, the more we love and appreciate it, and if you want your Thanksgiving guests to feel the same way, then there are a few things you can do. Even if you don’t care about how your Thanksgiving guests feel about wine, this will still be fun!
Red Wine for Red Meat, White Wine for White Meat?
Pairing wine with food can be intimidating if you want to be artful about it. Which wine goes with what meat? Which wine goes with what sauce? The truth of the matter is that personal taste has as much to do with wine and food pairing as does actual scientific process. If you don’t like the taste of a certain wine, the fact that all the top wine connoisseurs of the world say that chicken in a cream sauce pairs best with a white Burgundy or a Chardonnay doesn’t really mean anything. The point is to enjoy wine, so if you like the contrast of savory and sweet and you like to drink a semi-sweet Riesling with any meal, you have every right to do so and never feel ashamed. If you want to broaden your oenophilic horizons, however, you can follow these basic (but flexible) rules, kindly provided by Food and Wine magazine:
- Champagne goes great with salty dishes.
- Using tart dressings and/or sauces? Go with a Sauvignon Blanc.
- If a dish has lots of fresh herbs, perhaps drink a Grüner Veltliner.
- Light fish dishes love a nice Pinot Grigio.
- Chardonnay pairs well with fatty fish, or fish in a rich sauce.
- Sweet and spicy (or just spicy) dishes go well with Off-Dry Riesling.
- Sweet sparkling wines, like Moscato d’Asti and Astii Spumante, complement fruit desserts.
- Dry Rosé is good for rich, cheesy dishes.
- Pinot Noir brings out the flavors in earthy dishes.
- Old World Wines with Old World/traditional dishes go well, like a Tuscan wine with a traditional Tuscan dish.
- Malbec or Shiraz stands well against the sweet-spiciness of barbecue sauces.
- For fancy pâtés, mousses, and terrines, Zinfandel is a good bet.
- A nice Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux goes well with red meat.
- Syrah helps compliment heavily seasoned/spiced dishes.
Getting the Most Out of Your Wine
If wine is becoming a bigger and bigger part of your life, during the holidays or year-round, you’re going to need more and more room to store it. This isn’t a problem, though, because The Wine Grotto can provide you with the space you need. To find out more, call us at (626) 247-8380.