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Entertaining with Wine at a Dinner Party

When hosting a dinner party, you probably serve more wines than you would during a normal dinner. Instead of just one wine throughout the meal, you may want to serve a different wine with every course. [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Buying & Serving Wine In A Day For Dummies

Recommended Wine-and-Food Pairings

Certain wine-and-food pairings go better together than others. But when you’re unfamiliar with the flavors and complexities of wine, you may have trouble knowing which wine to serve with which food or [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Buying & Serving Wine In A Day For Dummies

How to Match Wine with Food

Two principles can help in matching wine with food: the complementary principle and the contrast principle. The complementary principle involves choosing a wine that is similar in some way to the dish [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Buying & Serving Wine In A Day For Dummies

How to Select a Wine When Dining Out

When you order wine in a restaurant, you usually have few details about the wines listed on the menu. And if you’re new to the wine scene, you may have trouble remembering which wines go well with which [more…]

Part of the Series: Companion Content from the E-Book Buying & Serving Wine In A Day For Dummies

Pairing Food and Wine 101

Although personal preference is an overriding factor when it comes to enjoying food and wine together, most people can agree on the outcome, positive or negative, of a few basic taste interactions. The [more…]

Considering Versatile White Wines and Bubbly

Serve any of these crisp, dry whites with just about any food, and you can avoid natural taste disasters. These versatile white wines (and Champagne) are also great when the meal includes multiple dishes [more…]

Pairing Food with Versatile Red and Pink Wines

When you’re not sure what wine to serve, look to one of these zesty, not too oaky, low tannin (not overly mouth-puckering) reds or anything similar in style. Remember that the more expensive the wine, [more…]

Dealing with Spice When You Pair Wine and Food

Really spicy foods can ruin the enjoyment of wine (or anything else you drink alongside), but mildly spicy foods can be paired effectively. When your dishes include a lot of spice, follow these tips to [more…]

Serving Wine and Cheese: What Works Well

Far from foolproof, cheese can be tough on wine. And contrary to popular belief, whites often fair better than reds. For your next wine and cheese party, try serving the following combinations for a tasty [more…]

Pairing Food & Wine For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Food and wine pairing isn’t a matter of life or death. But isn’t life a little better with a good taste in your mouth? Starting with wine you like (and food you enjoy, too) is ground zero. All the other [more…]

Reliable Wine Choices at a Restaurant

With all the thousands of wines in hundreds of styles out there, you can't be expected to remember all the wines and how they pair with food. To make it easier for you, here is a shorter list of a few [more…]

Wine in Restaurants: By the Glass or Buy the Bottle?

In most restaurants, you have to choose your wine from a menu that tells you nothing but the names of the wines and the price per bottle. Welcome to the [more…]

How to Analyze the Wine List

Your first step in your encounter with the wine list is to size up the list. You can do so by noting how the wine list is organized. As soon as your server comes to the table, ask to see the wine list. [more…]

Restaurant Wine Tips

Drinking wine in a restaurant requires so many decisions that you really do need a guidebook. Should you leave the wine in an ice bucket? What should you do if the wine is bad? And can you bring your own [more…]

The Dynamics of Food and Wine

Every dish is dynamic — it’s made up of several ingredients and flavors that interact to create a (more or less) delicious whole. Every wine is dynamic in exactly the same way. When food and wine combine [more…]

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