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How to Choose the Right Wine Perfect for Grilled Steak

How to Choose the Right Wine Perfect for Grilled Steak

In general, most wines—specifically red wines—go best with grilled meat. In fact, a lot of wines exhibit their full zest when paired with beef or lamb since the meat brings out the true essence best. The wine and the food have their own characteristics and components; thus, when combined they complements each other’s true taste. [...]

How to Buy the Right Wine for the In-Laws

How to Buy the Right Wine for the In-Laws

Forget Olympic finals or politicians being grilled by an interviewer on live TV, taking a bottle of wine to your in-laws is the definition of having to perform under pressure! Especially, I might add, if it’s one of your early visits. And the bad news is that there’s no such thing as a blanket recommendation, [...]

How to Pick the Right Wine for Barbecues

How to Pick the Right Wine for Barbecues

The joy of most barbecues is their ad hoc nature — the relaxed feel of eating outside coupled with the chance to pile your plate high with all manner of foods. Both these elements will have an effect on the sort of wines you serve. Let’s take the ‘outdoors’ bit first. What you want to [...]

How to Pick the Right Wine for Dinner Party

How to Pick the Right Wine for Dinner Party

There are different levels of dinner party — from the relatively informal ‘friends round’ to the full-on five-star bash that takes weeks to plan and days to prepare. The way you approach your wine depends on how special the occasion is. What is true, though, is that these are occasions when going the extra few [...]

How to Pick the Right Wine for Hot Date

How to Pick the Right Wine for Hot Date

This is arguably the hardest of all the categories to get right, since its success depends as much on your attitude as the actual wine you order. That’s why it’s really important to talk to your date about their preferences before you order. They may well not have strong opinions either way, but it really [...]

How to Pick the Right Wine for Indian Foods

How to Pick the Right Wine for Indian Foods

The biggest problem with matching wine to Indian food comes down to one word: heat. If you are addicted to searingly hot dishes such as vindaloo, you’ll just have to accept that your choice is, to put it mildly, limited. But if you prefer creamier or more medium-spiced dishes, then things get easier. If in [...]

How to Pick the Right Wine for Sporting Occasions and Picnics

How to Pick the Right Wine for Sporting Occasions and Picnics

Now there are occasions when only a good, chilled six-pack of beers will do, but equally there are times when wine is not just a good alternative but even the best choice. Traditional, too. Take rugby internationals. Have you ever seen the car park before a game? The air is thick with flying champagne corks. [...]

How to Pick the Right Wine for Sunday Lunch

How to Pick the Right Wine for Sunday Lunch

Trading up is a particularly good idea with your Sunday lunch, because good wine shows particularly well when it’s not fighting with dozens of huge flavours in the food. And, since typical Sunday lunches are roasts, then by their very nature — solid food that’s easy to prepare and simply served — they are fabulous [...]

How to Pick the Right Wine for Wedding and Anniversaries

How to Pick the Right Wine for Wedding and Anniversaries

Making a success of big events like these depends on two things: one, making sure that there’s plenty of fizz; and two, that it’s drinkable. This might sound like an exercise in the blindingly obvious, but it’s amazing how many big events run out of reception sparkly after one glass or expect their guests to [...]