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Wine Association

Wine food pairings complete guide

What wine do we associate with our dishes?

When we talk about culinary association , we refer to the action of matching different dishes to a single meal or matching the drink with certain dishes. As you already know, today we will talk about how we can integrate wines into our menus.

 This little wine pairing guide will include examples of simple or more sophisticated dishes, plus wines that can be incorporated into these menus.

We have, for example, two types of associations: complementary and contrasting. For both we can recommend Spanish wines that will delight your taste buds

We guarantee that at the end of this article you will be able to consider yourself a true expert in combining wines with a wide range of dishes.

Let's begin!

When making a culinary combination we must always take into account the balance between textures and flavors. It is very important to take into account the whole set of flavors, dishes and drinks alike.

You've probably noticed that in a well-known gastronomic restaurant, the sommelier is always the one who advises us on the selection of wine, or offers us a tasting menu where the combination of dishes with wines is predetermined.

It can be various dishes, each with a different type of wine. But we do not want to summarize this experience only in the evenings spent in restaurants. Why not enjoy a delicious meal right here at home with your loved ones.

For a start, you need to quickly turn into a small sommelier and try the wines before pairing them with different dishes. Identify which wines are light and which are strong.

You have to realize that when we do a wine tasting, we serve them depending on the intensity, from low to high. The same thing happens with food.

We always start with a softer and lighter taste, and increase the intensity of the flavor until we reach the balance between food and wine. It is becoming more and more common that the fashion for culinary associations is growing.

This is due to the growing interest in the world of wine and gastronomy.


The vegetables

We start with the most difficult associations, which you can meet very often during spring and summer.

Vegetables as a preparation or as a side dish. Although white wines or fresh red wines are generally recommended for vegan or vegetarian dishes , there are two fashionable and very delicious products that are somewhat difficult to combine. These two vegetables are artichokes and asparagus and are difficult to combine because they have that characteristic bitter taste.

Here we need a contrasting association. In this case we need to balance the opposite tastes, so we advise you to look for a fresh wine with good acidity, a combination that eliminates the bitter side of both.

Our recommendation is our green wine Sapientia 2018, an organic wine from the winery Lagar de Moha from DO Rueda, which will intensify on the palate herbal notes such as sweet anise, citrus and white fruits such as pears, contrasting the bitter part with that sweet part of the wine. .

Game meat

Other dishes that are difficult to combine are game meat dishes , a meat with a strong taste that, even if it is usually cooked longer in winter, is always accompanied by very fragrant sauces . In this case you have to choose a full-bodied and well-structured wine .

I recommend our Isla red wine from Isla Oro winery from DO La Mancha, an intense merlot monovariety with ripe tannin and a lot of volume, which will intensify on the palate ripe black fruits such as plums, and will sweeten that strong taste of field of game meat.

In this case, it is another complementary combination, which also leads to a good combination. The aim of our associations will be to achieve a perfect union of tastes.



We start with the combination of appetizers , low-intensity dishes such as baked vegetables or salads of various types. The latter may be of green leaves only, or may include seeds, cheese or dried fruit.

 For these light dishes we propose our wine MC 2019 from Bodegas and Viñedos Casado Morales from DOC Rioja, a white wine made with the grape variety viura, known elsewhere as macabeo, a fresh wine with low acidity and very versatile in that as for the association, because it fits perfectly with the fish in the tray not too greasy, such as sea bream or fishing rod.


sparkling wine and foodWhat do we associate Cava with?

The same grape variety is one of the basic wines used to make Cava sparkling wine, which, together with xarello and parellada grapes, makes it one of the easiest sparkling wines to pair.


Any dish fits perfectly with a Cava, even if it is a little fatter, like smoked salmon or on a platter or, why not, a pizza with creamy mozzarella, or those afternoon snacks, when we look in the closet or in the freezer something to fill our time with for dinner.

I recommend you try Cava Brut Nature 2017 organic from María Rigol Ordi, a perfect cava for pairing with creamy brie cheeses, high-cocoa chocolate or delicious dessert cakes.

The effect of the bubbles on our palate is that it removes grease impregnated on the palate, resulting in a truly surprising combination.


white wine for fish dishesFish & Seafood

For culinary combinations with more complex dishes such as baked fish or paella rice, a good choice is a white wine from the Chardonnay grape variety, one of the most cultivated white varieties in the world and one of the most elegant. Our Aldeya Chardonnay de Pago de Aylés wine from the Cariñena PDO is without a doubt an excellent choice for these associations.


red wine for meat dishesRed meat

However, if we enjoy red meat such as veal antricot or pork dishes , we can opt for wines with more volume , those that envelop our glass with their dense tear, strong wines with good entry and higher alcohol content. They can be young or mature wines .


We offer you Condominio from Bodega Pinna Fidelis from DO Ribera de Duero, a young wine with a good balance between acidity and alcohol, a wine full of nuances, fresh and harmonious wines that express the whole essence of very personal wines.

Another excellent choice is our wine "é" also from Bodegas Aylés, a wine full of history, a monovariety of elegant and seductive tempranillo, an appetizing wine that gives us notes of cherries and ripe red fruits, a wine with a maturity of ten Monday in French oak barrels, which will delight you.


come for pastaSimple dishes

But what about the everyday dishes we find on any table: simple pasta with tomatoes and cheese , breaded chicken breast , fried anchovies, meatballs in sauce or juicy homemade croquettes ?


Easy-to-make dishes that we like to accompany with a good wine, simple dishes for which we are looking for a wine that has an excellent relationship between quality and price, ideal for daily consumption. In this case we are not talking about associations, but about gaskets. I invite you to visit our website.

Here you will find wines at all prices. In addition, all our wines are accompanied by a tasting note that mentions the flavors and tastes of the wine, and some of them advise you on the perfect culinary combination.

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This concludes our discussion of wine, food, and how they are associated. Surely now you know how to choose the right wine for your food.

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As always, we thank our good friend Isabel Zaro (UdG University sommelier) for the documentation behind this reading.


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Wine lovers, soon,

Dis & Dis team