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Why Choose White Wine vs Red Wine | The Wine Virgin
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Why Choose White Wine vs Red Wine

February 21, 2008

Ok our first question has come in from our new friend Tom in Arizona he writes - “Hey Wine Virgin, cool site! I was just wondering why people always say order white wine with chicken and fish or say red wine with beef or lamb. I really don’t care much for red wines myself but I do like a good steak. Am I missing out by drinking chardonnay with a T-Bone”.

Great first question Tom because I know many people wonder the same thing. The first answer to this question is simply hell no it doesn’t matter, drink what you like, eat what you like and have fun doing it.

Now the other side of it. There is a reason that people suggest things like white wine with light pasta or fish and say a nice Cabernet Saviougon with that big beefy T-bone of yours. It is really all about having flavors that can compliment and stand up to each other. Many wine drinkers simply feel that a light white wine is kind of buried by a steak or say a big bold red just over powers a wimpy little chicken breast.

There is some truth to this and many folks like you good sir that “don’t like red wines” will find that they do if they pair it with a steak or lamb, etc. The key is often to eat a bit of your steak first, there are tannins in red wine and they are broken down by the fat in beef and lamb and softened. Give it a try sometime you just might have yet another wonderful first time experience.

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