It used to be that red wine was served with red meat, and white wine with fish and chicken. It was an easy rule that most people could remember, and it took the guesswork out of choosing a wine for a particular menu. However, with today’s varied cuisine, and a huge assortment of wine varieties to choose from, choosing the right wine becomes a bit more complicated. But it really doesn’t have to be.
Basically, red wines tend to be more full-bodied than whites, and so are served with meals that are richer in flavor. White wines tend to be lighter, and are typically served with lighter fare, such as fish and chicken. However, what if you have a chicken dish that is smothered with a rich, spicy, red sauce? A light white wine would get lost in the flavor of the chicken. Go ahead, go for a robust red wine to complement the spiciness of the chicken. A spicy Shiraz would be great with a dish such as this.
How about a light beef stir-fry? A red wine might be a little too heavy for a delicate beef dish such as this. Try one of the more flavorful white wines, such as a Chardonnay, which will not overpower the flavors of your dish.
Of course, the most important thing to remember when choosing a wine is your own personal taste. If you like white wine better than red, try different varieties with different meals to see what works best. The same goes for red wines, blush wines, and all other types of wines. It all comes down to what tastes good to you. Go ahead and experiment: if you try a glass of wine with a certain meal, and it just doesn’t work, save the rest of the bottle and try it with a different meal.
Keep track of which wines you really like, and which meals your favorite wines go well with. Don’t be afraid to try new wines, and don’t be afraid of breaking any "rules". Wine is meant to be enjoyed, and it should taste good to you – that’s the most important rule to remember!