If you truly want to delight your palate then the combination of French food paired with a decadent French wine is just what you’re looking for. Pairing wine and food is a bit of an art. Traditionally we have been told to combine red wine with red meat and white with white that’s a bit out of date. There is more flexibility today not to mention the varieties of French wines on the market.
To Mirror or to Contrast
Some wines are extremely rich and they pair well with a simple meal without to many overwhelming flavors, the reverse works as well you can have a very rich French meal that requires just a simple wine to complement it. This is contrasting your food and wine.
When both are light, that is when you can have the food and wine mirror each other. The thought is that the richness of the wine should be directly proportional to the heaviness of the food. This is mirroring your wine and food. Be careful, you could end up buying an expensive bottle of French wine that tastes bitter when you are trying to have a romantic evening.
Dinner with Friends
Having friends over for dinner then do as the French do, begin with a heavier white that blends with a seafood appetizer. Try some sparkling wines or something that really is mildly flavored. Then when dinner rolls around try serving a sweeter red wine with the main meal. Not too sweet, this isn’t dessert but something that blends with the savory flavors of the meal. There is an old tradition that says you should end the evening with the same color French wine that you began with, ignore this, it only limits your choices and why would you want that.
More casual settings like afternoon get togethers where you are just serving some light snacks, then you want some sparkling wines. White wine would work far better than a heavy red, but a rose would work too.
Red Wine with Red Meat
The old rule of red wine with red meat is outdated and it was never as strict as most people think. The color of French wine you choose should depend more on how the meat is cooked and whether is there is a sauce. For example Chicken Provencal has a rich tomato sauce and red wine works much better.
There are so many varieties of French wine that are delicious, throw convention out the window and find the wines that you love!