An awesome first date idea is for you to invite your date over to your house and tell them that you are going to be making dinner for them. When they get there, have a few things that they can do, such as setting the table or chopping up vegetables for a salad. It can be an enjoyable bonding experience that will let you know how handy your date is in the kitchen. However, if you really want to impress him or her, you need to make sure that you get the right wine to go with the meal. If you are not a regular wine drinker, you might have no idea where to start. Here are some basic tips for choosing the best wine to go with the meal that you have planned.
1. Keep Light Wines With Light Food and Vice Versa
If you are planning on making a lighter dish, such as fish or chicken, then you want to choose a lighter wine in order to avoid having the wine overload your date and detract from the delicious meal that you have created. You also want to make sure that the food that you are serving is able to keep up with the alcohol. Look for a wine that is less than 12.5% alcohol.
If you are serving a heavier dish, such as pasta or roast beef, then you want to be sure that your wine is going to be able to stand up to the strong, heavy flavors that you are serving. You also want the wine to have some social lubrication effect and help the conversation to flow more easily. Heavy foods are going to absorb the alcohol in the wine quickl,y so you want to look for a wine with an alcohol content of more than 13.5% alcohol.
2. Choose a Sweeter Wine With Spicy Foods
If you are going to be serving something spicy, having a sweeter wine to drink will provide a nice contrast for your meal. Pinot Grigio tends to be a good option.
3. Know the Age
Red wines taste better after they have been aged for an extended period of time. Luckily, most of the red wines that are sold in stores are aged for at least a few years before they are sold so they should be good to drink. However, white wines will taste worse if they are older so you will want to check to date to make sure that you are getting the newest white wine possible.
For more information, contact Latitude Wine Imports winery or a similar location.