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When it comes preparing a romantic dinner, here’s what you have to ultimately consider: Should you lead with wine, or lead with food? Here are three different three course meals and wine pairings that will wow your significant other.
Oysters are a known aphrodisiac and so are a perfect way to start a romantic dinner. Pair them with a sweet fruity wine or sparkling. The bubbly dances on the tongue and complements the oysters.
Salad is a healthy and delicious way to start a meal though it isn’t easy to pair with wine because of the ingredients–raw veggies and acidic dressing—usually involved. If you want to pair a wine to a salad, it’s best to use a dressing that’s not heavy on vinegar so as to lower the acidity. For a light, sweet salad, choose an off-dry Riesling or Gewürztraminers. With more acidic salad, try Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay or Côtes du Rhone.
Cheddar Cheese Ball and veggies
The creamy cheese ball pairs well with Spanish red wines, because these varieties are high in tannins. Wines high in tannins go with foods high in fats, like cheese.
Beef or Spicy Chicken
For a main course with beef or spice, select a Merlot. It’s medium bodied with a touch of sweetness that pairs with cayenne and other heat creating spice.
Chianti is a dry, Italian wine that pairs well with pasta dishes, particularly those with red sauces. It also has a pleasant smell that’s reminiscent of ripe cherries.
Chocolate is a great way to end a romantic meal because it stimulates parts of the brain that makes you feel good. Think about pairing chocolate mousse pairs with a lovely Chardonnay
Ice Cream Sundaes
Ice cream sundaes are a messy, tantalizing, and sweet way to your romantic dinner. Pair them with Sherry for an even sweeter conclusion.
Fruit salad is a healthier, but still sweet, way to end your date. A dry Riesling can accent the natural sugars in fruit without overpowering the individual flavors.
With so many varieties of wine, there’s a bottle for every dish. However, because of the plethora of choices, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Come prepared with an idea of what you want to cook and ask the staff for recommendations and ideas.
Have you ever made a romantic dinner for your significant other? What wines did you use? Tell us about it.
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