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- The Perfect Guide For Matching Drinks With BBQs [Infographic] - October 29, 2018
What better way to prepare for the festive season than to have a good pairing of drink with your BBQs? It sure brings a lot of life to your tastes and flavors, hence this infographic to serve as a guide as you prep.
We don’t dispute the fact that wine and beer pairing is a task to “behold” in itself but then also a fun thing to do when the right guide is there.
Wines bring to the table a play between luxury and subtleness, the quintessential element that turns a simple jerk chicken or some well-rubbed ribs into something of quality satisfaction. However, not all factors play the same when pairing wines, a bit of skill is needed.
The easy way to get your pair ups well grounded
A walk through wines
In three main categories, every piece of wine gets to do its magic to its worth of bbq.
Red wines are mostly more tannin loaded, have a higher alcohol content, and more strongly flavored. For this case, thick red pieces of meat with very little to no spice is what you want to set as a basis for your Cabernet Sauvignon, a Pinot Noir or the likes. Go for some rib eye steak, lamb chops or some baby back ribs and make that night with friends full of cheers.
White wines give the almost adverse effect to red wines; they work pleasantly with leaner cuts of meat. So a pair up with chicken, seafood, and vegetables will balance tastes and flavors out just excellently. You want to go for dishes with stronger flavors here since white wines are mostly lightly flavored. A bit of spice will play out nicely here too as the tannin levels are not as high. However, remember to serve yourself a chilled glass for the best satisfaction.
Sparkling wines bring a sweeter, champagne feel to BBQs and offers a lot of fruity aromas to every swallow. Here, every piece of lightly textured and flavored food works out just nicely. Cheeses, seafood, veggies, sausages, and poultry work out the best. And because sparkling wines are often sweet, those sweet and spicy wings turn out fantastic with a like of a Rosé. How about you make a berry punch with some Cava for your next barbecue?
The simple trick for pairing up beers
Unlike wines, beers are friendlier to work with but bring to board a rugged style with them. Good enough, beers vary lightly in tastes and flavors making it easier to pair them with ranging food types.
A few exceptions apply though when dealing with the specificity of the content of the beer at hand and the choice of flavoring. The chart gives a more refined detail to guide you as you flavor your foods up for the perfect satisfaction.
If you are lazy about it though, a chilled Porter will do just fine with almost all types of foods and flavoring.
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