There’s nothing like a delicious Italian meal with the perfect glass of wine.

Italian food and wine go hand in hand perfectly, but you have to find the right wine for your meal. Wine can either bring out the subtle flavors in your food or it can drown them out, which is why it’s important to find the right wine for your meal. At Asiago’s Wine & Martini Bar, we are more than just an Italian restaurant near you in Pittsburg, we make it a point to provide authentic Italian and Tuscan meals paired with the perfect wines. We also want to help you make the right wine choices at home!

Flavor profiles to consider when pairing wine and food.

Before we go into the basic rules of pairing wine and food, you need to understand the 6 main profiles that make up the fundamentals of flavor:

  1. Acid
  2. Fat
  3. Salt
  4. Sweet
  5. Alcohol
  6. Bitter

When you cook, you balance these flavor profiles, and the same goes for pairing wine and food. Thinking about wine and food pairings this way will make it fairly simple, but that doesn’t mean that it is always easy to pull off the perfect pairings.

Finding the perfect balance of flavors takes practice.

Understanding the basic flavor profiles is just one step in pairing food and wine. Although finding the right balance isn’t always easy and will take some practice, there are basic techniques you can use to pair your wine and food properly. Please stay tuned for our next blog to learn all about these basic techniques.