It is no secret that the interest and curiosity of Brazilians in the fascinating world of wines has been increasing in the last decade. And let me warn you: if you start reading this post there is a great chance of joining this club, after all, it is said that this is a path of no return.
But what is so interesting about this enogastronomic universe? Simple, it is infinite. Infinite in flavors, aromas, colors, textures, harmonies, culture, and pure history! I can assure you that I was always a terrible student of History and Geography during high school (which in my day was called collegiate… lol), however, after being introduced to wines, I started to link history and geography to the sensations x terroir (I forgot to speak, enjoying wines is also an excellent lesson in Portuguese, English, French, Italian… Just for the record, the definition of tmistake it is complex, and there is no word in any other language to define it. A simple explanation would be something like: natural cultivation environment, which involves the soil, subsoil, and rocks, with their chemical properties, in interaction with the region’s climate). And besides all this, it’s still good for your health! Are you already beginning to understand why it is a path of no return? Yes, enjoying a good wine is definitely addictive, each bottle an expectation, a chill in the belly for not knowing what lies ahead.
However, when we talk about wine with such passion, some people already look at us sideways, you know that face of: “shiiiii, here comes the enochato that will be guessing in my drink ”! Well, unfortunately, some wine admirers have this habit of criticizing and sort of dictating harmonization rules, making the wine tasting what I call the “wine dictatorship”. Without a doubt, the harmonization of wine x food makes a big difference when done well, as both food has the ability to enrich the notes of wine, and the opposite is also valid: a good wine when well harmonized makes the dish substantially more aromatic and pleasant. However, when harmonizing some elements you can have a very disharmonious result, and unpleasant on the palate, and can spoil both your plate and your glass.
Therefore, I will leave here some basic harmonization tips to try to minimize the chance of a bad taste experience.
First tip of all: Foods that hardly harmonize with wines:
- eggs: have the property of anesthetizing the taste buds making the wine dull.
- artichokes: contains cinarina, which affects the taste in several ways giving the wine a sweet or metallic taste.
- chocolate: cocoa contains tannins similar to those of wines, making the appreciation of the latter unpleasant (to harmonize wine and chocolate, it is worth trying the most alcoholic and concentrated, especially sweets).
- spinach, asparagus: as well as artichokes, they have chemical components that alter the taste of the wine.
- spicy foods: the condiments common to Indian, Mexican and Thai foods anesthetize the papillae and can reduce excellent wine to nothing!
Now the most precious tip I received from a friend, a great wine connoisseur, responsible for my initiation in this universe: to make no mistake, harmonize the grape with the main dish of the country of origin of the wine. Here are some examples:
- Malbec: main grape from Argentina. Most consumed dish in Argentina: Meat. Malbec harmonizes with meat.
- Riesling: main strain of Germany. German dishes: sausages, sauerkraut, apple strudel. Riesling harmoniously harmonizes with any of these dishes.
- Chiantti: are Tuscan wines, usually made from 100% sangiovese grapes. Since we’re talking about an Italian, I don’t even have to say that here the pairing with spaghetti sugo is perfect, right?
- It’s in Brazil???? Well, Brazil has been recognized worldwide for its sparkling wines, so don’t be afraid! Harmonize sparkling brut with citrus touches with the best Brazilian dish: FEIJOADA! Yes, this is one of the best pairings I have ever tasted, and to help our warm climate it goes very well with a cold sparkling wine!
I think that with these tips you can already get a taste of what’s coming, right? There’s a lot to explore here! In the next posts, I will be a little less general, we will talk about the specific types of grapes, countries, harmonization, food and wine events, etc, etc…
And remember: to become knowledgeable of wines, what matters is “litragem”, that is, just even tasting different bottles to understand them. However, don’t forget to appreciate in moderation !!!! #ficaadica