We have all been there. You take a bite of a delicious meal and then wash it down with a sip of wine. But the moment you take a sip, the wine tastes bitter and for lack of a better term, gross. There are many difficult food and wine pairings that leave people stumped. This is more than likely because you’re pairing the wrong wine with the food you’re eating! This week we asked the readers of Glass Half Full, what food + wine combo is the hardest to pair? When we asked this question to the Bright Cellars’ staff all of them had to sit and pause for a second. Pairing food and wine is not as straightforward as many think it is. But after much deliberation, many decided that desserts + wine or spicy food + wine were the two hardest.
The ResultsThe results were slightly similar to what we predicted but also surprised us a little bit as well! Drum roll please:
- 47.7% of respondents said spicy food + wine was the hardest pairing.
- 25.8% of respondents said vegetarian/vegan food + wine pairing is the hardest.
- 5.7% of respondents said dessert + wine is the most difficult pairing.
- 4.7% of respondents said fish + wine is the hardest pairing.
- 3.8% of respondents said cheese + wine pairings is the hardest.
- 2.6% of respondents said grilled meat + wine is the most difficult pairing.
- Cultural food like Indian and Japanese food
- Spicy Korean food
- I like to look at my wine cards that come in my Bright Cellars box for wine pairings!
Food + Wine Pairing GuidesHere are some guidelines for all the above food + wine pairings to help get you started:
- Spicy food + wine: A chilled & low ABV wines are the way to go
- Vegetarian/vegan + wine: Pair your wine with the primary veggie flavors in the dish
- Fish + wine: Red wine is also GREAT with some white wines, don’t throw it to the side!
- Grilled meat + wine: Again, don’t forget the red at the summer BBQ!
- Cheese + wine: Wine and cheese can enhance each other flavors, if paired correctly. Want to try a Wisconsin favorite? Check out this guide for wine and cheese curd pairings!
- Dessert + wine: The best rule of thumb with pairing wine and desserts is that you always need to make sure the wine is as sweet or sweeter than the dessert. If not, the wine will taste bitter. Here are some of our favorite dessert and wine pairings: