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Best wine to go with your menu

"A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine!"

This article by gastronome Elaine M. Koontz describes basic tips for planning a menu with complementary food and wine pairings.

Basic Guidelines

In general, dry wines are served prior to sweet wines.

Six Tips on Pairing Wine and Cheese

Cheese and wine, a marriage made in heaven!

Which wines pair best with what cheeses? Armed with the right information, you can create amazing wine and cheese pairings on your own. Let’s take a look at some classic wine and cheese pairings and why they work, so that the next time you’re on a wine and cheese getting mission, you’ll have no doubt what to choose!

An illustrated guide to pairing wine and cheese

Cheese and wine - absolutely divine!

One marriage no one can object to is the mouth-watering combination of wine and cheese. Each is delicious on its own, but when you pair the two, magic can happen. Be it tannic, light, sweet, or dry, you can bet there’s a wine out there for every cheese (even fondue!).

Pairing with Pinot Gris

Pinot gris, also known as pinot grigio.

The Pinot grape is something of a chameleon and not just because of the variety of colors it can be found in, writes Eric Guido.  Pinot Gris, a mutation of the Pinot Noir grape, can be found around the world and in a number of different expressions from crisp to velvety and from dry to sweet.

Delicious pairings with merlot

Pair with merlot for a feast!

Thinking back, I can remember a time when Merlot was all the craze, writes Eric Guido. It was widely popular and one of the most planted varieties around the world. Now, I find people telling me that they don’t like Merlot more than any other grape variety that I know. The funny part is that they usually can’t tell me why they don’t like Merlot.

A Grilling Guide for Chicken, with Wine Suggestions

Grilled chicken becomes a gastronomic feast with the right wine.

Chicken is like the blank canvas of the culinary world, writes Gregory Dal Piaz, mild and amenable, it’s an easy vehicle to bring global flavors to life. So this summer, instead of just slathering on the barbeque sauce, let your chicken take you to the far flung corners of taste.

Pairing seafood and wine

It's summer, time for seafood and wine!

Seafood is traditionally paired with white wine for good reason. Much like that squirt of citrus we like so much with seafood, white wines bring a spark of acidity when paired with fish, brightening the fish flavors and cleansing the palate. That’s not to say that red wines can’t also be paired with seafood, those cases are simply very particular.

Pork and wine offer a myriad of possibilities

Pork tender loin with white wine mushroom pan sauce.

Pork is a very versatile meat when it comes to pairing with wine. Like many white meats, pork has relatively delicate flavours, but it is richer and more fatty than turkey or chicken. This opens up a myriad of possibilities in the kitchen. With so many ways to cook pork, it’s not surprising that a broad spectrum of wines can be used to pair with it.

Baleia Syrah and Oryx Desert Salt – where the ocean meets the desert

For the next braai or potjie!

Baleia Wines, in partnership with Oryx Desert Salt, has introduced a Syrah infused salt, ideal for enhancing any meal with the perfect balance of red wine flavours and natural desert salt.

Oryx Desert Salt is a pure, crystal-white salt harvested and sun-dried on a remote pristine salt pan in the Kalahari Desert. These Kalahari Desert salt crystals are soaked and infused with handcrafted shiraz from Baleia Wines located along the Cape South Coast.

Pairing wine with pasta

A guide to pairing wine with pasta.

The best tip on pairing wine with pasta is to ignore the pasta and pay attention to the sauce. Pasta is simply a canvas to deliver the accompanying ingredients. For example, the Apulian special tyrigatoni ragu barese is a rustic, meaty tomato-based dish.

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