At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 185
FOOD & DRINK ▲
FOOD PAIRINGS? Cheers!
Many people seem to believe certain wine/food
pairings are set in stone. While it is wise to listen to
the experience of others, we shouldn't be afraid to
e periment. t is sub ective, after all.
Although it's considered imperative to accompany
red meat with red wine, there's always a robust
white out there that will do a more than adequate
ob of deputising. heck these out
Chocolate should never be eaten with wine! Why
fruity red is said to be a fine companion to
a fe dark bitter s uares.
White wine is supposed to go hand in hand with
seafood, although for slightly meatier fish such as
tuna, a medium red ill ork ust as ell.
As for cheese, it varies depending on the country.
Red tends to be the favoured choice. A good point
to note a good strong ine can mask the avour
of a less than adequate cheese. And vice versa.
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DO YOU NEED
TO BE CLUED UP
ABOUT WINE TO
FULLY ENJOY IT?
As far as the practicality is concerned,
being a wine expert serves a producer
much more than a consumer. One
doesn't need to be blinded by science
to be able to survive a restaurant wine
list - merely knowing some general
ointers wi su ce.
Nobody should be afraid to ask
the waiters for their advice and
suggestions - most will jump at the
chance to show off their know edge.
Some people, indeed, have a big
passion for wine and enjoy all the
research, sampling and shopping
around. However there are also some
who think stating 'wine tasting' as a
hobby is something to enrich their
CV should they be trying to impress
Remember, wine was created
from fermented grapes, designed for
enjoyment and pleasure. The average
winemaker would surely prefer
a person to drink and savour their
product rather than analyse every
nuance and origin.
Most white wines are produced
and sold for immediate
consumption, so it stands to
reason when a spouse is told to
'pick up a bottle' on their way
home, it isn't with the intention of
uncorking it a ew years ater.
WINE ON A
SO AVOID IT
This isn't to say most of these wines
must be opened immediately, but
everyday whites should probably be
consumed within one to three years for
maximum enjoyment. This also rings
true for everyday reds, however some
of the higher quality red wines can be
ke t or u to eight years or ore.
It should be remembered though,
that some wines do improve with
age. ertain y ne orts do and ets
not forget the Bordeaux vintages
- universally acclaimed wines, some of
which remain unopened for up to 50
years. Wines containing concentrated
ruits can age we too - to
WILL SMELLING THE
CORK TELL YOU
WHETHER OR NOT
THE WINE IS GOOD?
This is actually one of the biggest myths
of them all. A cork, predominantly,
smells like cork! What else wouldit
smell of ? While experts of the highest
calibre might be able to distinguish
a s ight abnor a ity sni ng the
cork reveals very little about the
condition of the wine.
So why does the waiter hand
you the cork? It's tradition. Years ago
in Bordeaux, one of the world's most
expensive wine regions, unscrupulous
people would counterfeit the bottles
and add fake labels, so people couldn't
be sure what they were buying.
To counter this, genuine winemakers
created unique inscriptions on their
bottles' corks. If you had consumed
that chateau's wine before, you were
aware of this inscription and by
checking the cork cou d con r the
wine was genuine.
Don't smell the cork, then, but you
should still have a look at it. Observe
how far any wine residue has travelled
up it. A well-kept wine should have
the slightest smudging around the
bottom. Anything from halfway to
the top and the wine should probably
be sent back.
WHY DO WINES
NEED TO BREATHE?
The concept of letting wine breathe,
or aerate, is to expose it to the air.
This warms it up and improves the
y taking the to off the
bottle isn't enough to fully aerate it. If
possible, experts recommend pouring
the wine into a decanter - although
vintage wines can be ruined by aerating
for too long. To be on the safe side,
pour a glass and simply swirl for a
couple of moments. Enjoy!
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