Archive for November, 2011
Merlot food pairing is a simple task to master, you only need a few basic background rules. Number one, forget everything you hear about how only certain wines go with certain foods. Wine connoisseurs aren’t the only people who can enjoy wine, normal people can too and you don’t need a wealth of knowledge to do it. Here’s a few tips to get you started with merlot food pairing:
- Choose your wine, then choose your dish to accompany it. This may sound backwards, however, if you truly want to match the finest of flavours, this is the way to go. Merlot is probably the most popular red grape wine in the world. There are many varieties and flavours to choose from. You will find wine with hints of robust plum and chocolate flavours to wines with hints of pepper and spice. Once you choose a wine, start creating your main course.
- Match merlot wines with fatty or heavy meats. Perhaps this is the only supposed wine pairing “rule” you may want to adhere to. The full-bodied merlot is robust enough to stand up to heavy meats such as t-bone and porterhouse steaks, and you often see it paired with duck as well. Merlot and red meat food pairings go hand in hand.
- Don’t shy away from pastas. Like heavy meats, merlot can also stand up to pastas with heavy sauces such as Alfredo and Bolognese. Think hearty foods when you practice merlot food pairing.
- Think merlot and cheese. Yes, merlot food pairing extends to cheeses and fruits too. Again, think along the lines of heavy robust flavors like cheddar, brie, and blue cheese. For fruits try prunes, apricots, and red grapes. Fruits served in heavy syrup like pears work well too.
- Try merlot with spicy ethnic foods. Pungent spices like cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper are great merlot food pairings. The bite of spice, with a swish of a dry, earthy merlot makes a brilliant pair.
A good rule of thumb with merlot food pairing is to try nearly anything once; you never know what flavours you might like thrown together. Try varieties from different regions and price ranges. Experimenting is the wine lovers’ game.
Recommended Wine: The Kumkani Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is an amazing wine with dense dark red colour. Fresh blackcurrant, ripe berry fruit on the nose with just a hint of mint. The palate is layered with ripe fruit and oak flavours, and a soft tannin structure.
This wine best complements roast beef or a rack of lamb. It is however still suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
The stars was really shining on the king of South African Wines, Kumkani , as the brand achieved a whopping seven 4-star ratings for its wines in the Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2012.
Leading the way is the immaculate Kumkani Lanner Hill Sauvignon Blanc which scored 4½ Stars.
The other outstanding wines which received a 4-star ratings include the
- Kumkani Cradle Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
- Kumkani Triple J Shiraz 2009
- Kumkani Reflections Range VVS 2009
- Kumkani Infiniti MCC 2007
- Kumkani Sauvignon Blanc 2010
- Kumkani Chardonnay-Viognier 2010
Well done to the winemaking team!
Eastern Cape wine lovers will be able to sample this year’s double gold and gold Veritas Award-winning wines, including the Kumkani Sauvignon Blanc 2010.
Guests will be treated to a sit-down tasting event that includes light refreshments at the Squires Legendary Grill in the Boardwalk centre in Beach Road. This event takes place on 15 November from 18h00 to 19h30 and costs R100 per person.
For more info on this event visit wine.co.za
Wine lovers in the Durban area will be able to sample this year’s double gold and gold Veritas Award-winning wines ,including the Kumkani Sauvignon Blanc 2010.
The tasting event will be held in the Function Room, Deloittes Head Office in Umhlanga on 3 November
For more info on this event visit http://tiny.cc/gmmv9