It might seem like a simple task for some people, but it is not always easy to know which wine to order in a restaurant. The choice should depend on the type of company that you are in and the type of wine that you want. We offer you some tips below to make it easier to choose the right wine.
Ask for Advice from the Sommelier
The first and easiest rule is to heed the advice from the sommelier if the restaurant has one. The sommelier is the one who understands the wines and has the perfect knowledge of what will pair well depending on the occasion, the dish and our tastes. So, there is no need to worry; if you are in doubt, ask the sommelier who will guide you well in making your choice.
It Depends on the Food
We will usually base our choice of wine depending on the dish. As a basic guideline white wines go well with rice and fish and red wines are great with meat. But it is not always that simple. You should also consider the type of meat and whether the wine is young or not. One of the important basic rules of pairing is that it is best to serve the lighter wines before the more full-bodied wines. The world of pairing is very extensive and there are flavours that pair better with a white wine while others will pair fantastically well with a rosé.
You can also choose the wines for your long lunch or dinner according to the order. The basic norm is to first have the sparkling wines which usually pair well with the appetisers. The whites will go well with lighter first courses. The rosés, the young red wines and fuller red wines pair well with meat, game or something heartier.
Depending on the Company or Occasion
It is safe to choose a well-known wine, such as Rioja or Toro, if you are having a business lunch and want to treat your guests. These wines pose little to no risk of anyone not liking it. But if you are on a date you can experiment a bit more and take your partners tastes into consideration as well.