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If you are a foodie or a wine connoisseur, you probably know the importance of pairing the right drink with the right cuisine. This pairing not only enhances the taste of the food, it also brings out the right flavors of the drink. However, getting the pairing right is an art that only a few have mastered. If you have a party coming up soon and want to make sure that you pair the food and wine well, bookmark this page. We met with Assistant Winemaker Vrushal Kedari at Fratelli Vineyards who gave us some excellent tips to pair the right food with the right wine offered by Fratelli. Here’s how to make it happen. ALSO SEE 6 best vineyards in India Also Read - Swara Bhasker Describes Struggle of Helping Migrant Workers: Have to Sift Through Filth in my Comments Section

Indian seafood: Indians tend to use a lot of spices when making seafood dishes like prawns, fried fish, pomfret, etc. So a white wine that has good minerality pairs well with it. Minerality taste refers to the taste of the sea or a chalky texture. This taste will coat the spices and give it a rich flavor when drinking and eating the two together. From Fratelli’s selection of wines, Vrushal recommends pairing Sauvignon Blanc with seafood. Also Read - Unlock 1.0: Tarapith, Tirupati, Jagannath, Meenakshi Temples | What is Opening And From When?

Biryani: The rich biryani is often spiced with different flavors and aromas that give it a royal taste. To balance the taste without losing on its flavor the winemaster recommends pairing it with Chenin Blanc. It has a tangy taste that blends well with biryani. You can even skip the raita that is often used for the same purpose, to cut down the spice and balance the flavors.

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Italian cuisine: One of the best foods to pair wines is with Italian cuisine such as pasta, risotto, lasagne, etc. The rich creamy flavors blend well with wine and enhance the drink as well the food. For these foods, wines that have low acidity are a better pair. From Fratelli’s wine collection, MS Red and Chardonnay are two wines that go really well with such food.

Indian appetizers: Indian starters like tandoori tikkas or kebabs are often a party favorite with both foodies as well as the diet-conscious lot. If these are a part of your party menu, you can opt for Fratelli’s Merlot wine which has slight sweet notes. These will balance the spicy taste of the appetizers.

Steaks and barbeque: If you are a meat-eater and love to have steaks and barbequed meat that are coated with a spicy layer with a juicy interior, you need to pair them with wines that are slightly more mature tannins and are well-rounded with balanced flavors. From Fratelli’s collection, Vrushal recommends pairing Sette or Vitae Sangiovese to pair with such food.

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Oriental cuisine: A popular cuisine for quiet dinners as well as parties, oriental food often consist of fried rice, noodles, dimsums, etc. The winemaker recommends opting for white wine over red with such food. Both Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc go well with this cuisine as they both have good minerality.

Cheese: Usually people having an assortment of cheese with wine. One of the classic pairings, you can never go wrong with this. Cheese also helps cleanse the palette and can be easily paired with any wine. If you prefer red wine, try it with smoked cheese and if you like white wine, opt for cheese that is slightly salted.

Indian main course: For foods like butter chicken and other gravy dishes that are not too spicy on the palette, you can choose a red wine instead of a white one as it will enhance the taste. MS Red is a good fit for north Indian main course dishes.

Finger food: Light bites like olives, crackers, etc go well with sparkling wine or the refreshing Rose wine. These foods are light on flavor and a wine that is not too overpowering will work well with them.


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