Pairing is the process of taking your food and matching it up with a nice Víno that will help to accentuate the taste of both entities. There are quite often pairings that will help to bring out complimentary flavors as well as different textures and there are even people who like to have a different Víno selection with each course to drive home a varied experience of flavors throughout. No matter whether you have been pairing for quite some time or you are new to the process, you are going to find that this is an incredible way to enjoy your foods and beverage selections.
Many people will go on a pairing based upon the color of the Víno and the food that is being served. The rule of thumb is using red Vínos to go with red meats such as lamb and beef and then using light Vínos to go with white meats including fish and chicken. While this is a fairly universal pairing rule, there are always exceptions as pairing is somewhat of an art form. There are many different foods that can be perfectly paired without sticking to the red or white rule.
Regional pairing is a great way to dabble in some of the different flavors, meaning that you can match the foods and Vínos that come from the same region. When eating a pasta dish, look for a wonderful Italian Víno or go with a pairing that matches up with the spices that you have in a certain dish. The basic premise of pairing is providing somewhat of a balance or synergy with both the Víno as well as the food. You never want to have a situation where one will overpower the other. The more you learn about pairing, the better the experience you will have with your Víno selections.