When it comes to matching foods and wines, it’s not so much about white with white, red with red. It’s more about how the food is prepared and tastes. It is about guidelines, personal experience, individual taste and common sense. Add a few facts about how certain foods affect a wine, and you’ve opened up your choice to the wines of the world.
For instance, fatty foods need wines with higher acidity to cut through the fat and get to the flavor. South African Sauvignon Blanc, Spanish Albariño and the Loire’s Muscadet are good choices. Spicy foods exaggerate the tannin in a wine, so stay away from big reds. Instead, go for fruity or off-dry wines such as Riesling from Germany, Alsace or New York State; Chenin Blanc from France or South Africa; or Austria’s Grüner Veltlinter.
On the other hand, high-protein foods (meats, fowl) do well with high-tannin reds. The protein softens those tannins and brings out the wine’s flavors. Think Cabernet Sauvignon, Rioja, Brunello and Barolo. Salty foods emphasize the alcohol in wine, so pour one with lower alcohol such as Prosecco or California sparkling wine.
And what about that Thanksgiving turkey? Instead of a white-meat/dark-meat dilemma, think about the stuffing. A traditional bread and sausage stuffing would welcome Chardonnay or Viognier, among whites. For a red, go to Zinfandel, Côte du Rhône or a Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux, California or Chile. Add truffles to the stuffing and open a Burgundy. And I know a number of wine-wise people who save their best vintage, fuller-bodied Champagne such as Bollinger to toast the bird.
Then there’s the pumpkin pie. One truism about wine with dessert is that the food should not be sweeter than the wine. They compete with each other and if dessert wins, the wine is neutralized. If you want wine with pumpkin pie, make it an off-dry or slightly sweet and full-bodied one; some Gewürztraminers fit the bill. What I like to do is enjoy the pie, take a breather, then enjoy the wine. Two desserts, two delights, each offering its all.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced plans to take over an existing hotel in Switzerland. The property is undergoing extensive renovations in preparation to open at the end of next year as Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern. The property was previously Hotel Palace Luzern, on the shores of Lake Lucerne and in the heart of the city; it originally opened in 1906.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
As part of Germany’s climate package, a plan to reduce emissions, the country will raise departure taxes at German airports. Taxes will go up as much as 60 percent, and are expected to raise up to €740 million. The funds will then be used to lower VAT on rail fares from 19 percent to 7 percent.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, ahead of its naming ceremony Nov. 21. The 1,100-foot-long ship boasts a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Since Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the shi, Oct. 30, Norwegian Encore sailed from Germany to England before making its way to New York City, then Miami, where the christening ceremony takes place next week.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.