There might not be greater luxury than an exquisite meal. Especially one shared with someone important to us. The secret to a perfect lunch or dinner is often in the pairing of the wine and the food which will be served. But if you want to start composing the meal properly, you should choose the wine first, and make it a Bordeaux; a bottle from the greatest winemaking region in the world. Here are different ideas of food you can prepare that will accompany the chosen bottle exquisitely.
Selecting a bottle of Bordeaux: Quality Insurance to any Meal
A red wine from Bordeaux is rich in flavour, complex and refined, and these are qualities you should look for when preparing an important lunch or dinner. The one thing you can’t afford is to serve wine that is bland, watery or that tastes just like fruit juice. You want your guest to understand, from the moment that he or she brings the glass close to their lips, that you took the time to choose carefully a wine they will remember. It should come through the powerful and complex aroma rising, and as the liquid swirls in their mouth.
If you chose well, then you’ll just need to make sure what you cook will live up to expectations. Start by choosing the right ingredients and go for red meat, because Bordeaux red wines are the ultimate complement to beef, lamb and game. Especially if it was bottled on the Left Bank, which would mean it is based on Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The rugged tannins and the taste of red fruit and earth found in this wine will marry itself perfectly to any meat dish.
There is no better way to choose the right bottle of Bordeaux than asking those who know them best for advice. Millesima is an e-boutique created by a family based in the Bordeaux region and specializing in French wine. Don’t leave the choice of your next bottle to luck; get in touch with them so they can point you in the right direction.
Some Suggestions to go with a Bordeaux
Here are a few ideas of food pairing that you can choose the next time you invite someone over for a special moment and you open a bottle of Bordeaux. Remember that the ones from the Left Bank will pair nicely with heavier and fattier meat. Don’t hesitate to use salt and spices and go for beef and lamb. If you choose a bottle from the Right Bank (with Merlot grapes dominance), then select more savoury meats such as pork and duck.
Here are some suggestions:
Super-Sirloin Steak & Onion Bites
Braised Lamb Shoulder with Fennel and Orange
Chipotle Grilled Filet Mignon in Mango Salsa with Four Cheese Risotto
Filet Mignon & Mushrooms Braised in a Whiskey Pan Sauce with Potato-Leek Squares
Asian Style Pork Chops