Tuesday, September 27, 2022

LeDomduVin: Food Pairing

Food pairing 

When it comes to private dinner, I (and most Sommeliers I know) prefer to go with food pairing, meaning "one dish -  one wine". 

As, it is usually easier to match the aromas and flavors of the wine with the food of one dish, or vice versa, depending on how you proceed. 

And, for a menu with 5 dishes, for 4 to 6 people, for example, I usually end up choosing a line up of wines including a Champagne to start with, then 1 or 2 whites, followed by 1 or 2 reds, depending if I can keep the same wine for 2 dishes or not. 

However, for this Monday's private dinner with a 5 dishes menu, the host decided to go with only one champagne and one red within a certain price range and amongst his own collection. 

Not an easy task as I was restricted by both choice and price. Yet, I was up to the task and ready for the challenge, and finally picked out: 

@louisroederer_ Cristal 2014, that I had never tried before, and ended up being stellar (always a good excuse to try something new 😁👍🥂🍾), and,

Domaine Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2018, which was delightful and versatile enough to gracefully complement the food (both fish and chicken). 

Both wines were a real treat and great expressions of Pinot Noir too (*). The food was apparently really good too (it sure did look good on the plate 😍😋). The host and his guests were very pleased. 

I was relieved and could pat myself on the back for having had the flair, (once again), to have selected wines that paired well with the various dishes, and contributed a little to the success of this dinner.

At the end of the day, this dinner proved to me that, once again, when selecting wine for a food pairing, knowledge, experience, and skills are important, as well as knowing the ingredients of the menu and the various dishes, yet, the Sommelier's understanding and adaptability (to the host's demands) and the wine's versatility (to pair with various dishes) are the essential keys to a successful wine pairing (in my opinion).

Santé! Cheers!


(*) Cristal is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir 40% Chardonnay.

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