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Five Rules to Perfectly Pair Wine with Food

Have you ever held a glass of San Diego wine and thought to yourself, “what food am I going to pair with this?” You are not alone. Wine lovers all over the world always have that one dilemma when it comes to pairing wine with food.


But the truth is, food and wine pairings don’t have to be rocket science, especially when you have an excellent San Diego wine to work with. Follow these five simple rules to finally figure out how to pair a good wine with the right food:




  1. Choose the Star of the Dinner

It doesn’t get any more basic than this. If you’re serving the best San Diego wine from your collection, then go for a simple dish to pair it with. The rule here is to decide which of the two you want to be the star of your dinner. If you want it to be your wine, then go for a simple dish that will complement and not overpower it.




  1. Think about Complementing Flavor Profiles

Each wine has its own flavor profile, so take note of that and find a dish that will go well with it. If you’re serving a high tannin wine, for instance, you have to pair it with food that has high fat, salt or umami flavors to balance the bitterness of the wine.


Avoid pairing bitter wine with bitter food because it will only destroy the palate of your guests and ruin the entire dining experience.




  1. Heavy Dishes Deserve Younger Wines

 If you’re going to consider the age of your wine, it’s best to pair younger wines with heavier dishes like beef and lamb. This is because they are richer in flavor and are more tannic than older wines, so they can stand up to bolder flavors. But if you’re serving an older San Diego wine, pair it with dishes that are lighter on the palate so they don’t overpower the flavor of the wine.




  1. Wine should be Sweeter and more Tart

The general rule is to always make the flavor of the wine stand out. This is why it’s very important to make sure that your wine is sweeter than the food you’re serving.


So, if you’re serving wine for dessert, choose Port wine because it tends to be sweeter. This rule also goes the same with acidity. If you’re serving salad with vinaigrette, which is acidic, go with extra brut champagne that has higher acidity than the food.




  1. Wine with Cheese is a No-Fail Combination

Wine with cheese is tried and true because it works. Wine with cheese is like peanut butter and jelly; they complement each other so well that they are a no-fail combination to end a great meal. If you don’t know what type of wine to pick with your cheese platter, go with white wine because its acidity offers the perfect balance to most cheeses.




San Diego wine is already spectacular on its own. But if you find the right dishes to pair with it, you’ll surely take your dining experience to all new heights.




Speckle Rock Vineyards is located in beautiful Escondido, California and we’re happy to serve the following cities and counties and their surrounding areas in Southern California: Vista, Valley Center, San Marcos, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Ramona, Mesa Grande, Poway, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, and Temecula

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