If you’ve read my blog posts before, you’ll know I’m a wine fanatic. No, Jokes on you, this is actually the first time I’m declaring it. And no, don’t pass judgment on me yet, I’m far from being alcoholic. I’m more of the, “a glass of wine is good for digestion”kind of person. Let me geek out a bit, a small glass of red wine daily is good for your gut and can lower cholesterol levels in the body, hence reduces the risk of heart disease. Story for another time. Its rich enthralling taste from a variety of blended grapes, and the sweet scent itself is my cup of tea any day. I’m more of a red wine kind of person. Most of my friends prefer white wine but I’ve never really gotten the hang of it. I mean, even the color red itself is alluring don’t you think?
There are so many different types of wine in the world. More than 40, it becomes a language itself! One thing I like about wine is that contrast to most alcoholic drinks, you can pair it with a variety of delicious gourmet bites. This brings me to the core reason as to why am scripting this article in the first place. Different types of wine and the delicacies to pair them with. Yes, there is a rule of thumb to these things. You don’t just shove anything down your throat and wash it down with a gulp of wine. I’m giving you the basic wine guide. Well, I’m no sommelier but I’m sure the experience I’ve had lends me some‘street cred’.
Let’s start with my favorite. Red wine of course. I’ll dissect it into four categories. Rose, Light red, medium red and dark red. All you need to know about red wine, into the fine dirty little niceties. So, the rose wine is best paired with seafood, vegetable dishes, fruits and cured or smoked meat. The light red wine goes well with white meat and soft cheese. So if you are having chicken or fish, light red wine is your go-to. Medium red wine goes best with roasted or grilled food and hard cheese. For those backyard barbeque parties, nyama choma escapades, make sure you have medium red wine on the menu too. For the bold red wine, my favorite in particular (the darker the berry the sweeter the juice). Red meat stew and hard cheese should be your pick.
Let’s move to white wine. I should probably give a shout-out to my friends on this part but oh well. Sparkling white wine, this can pretty much go with salty food, fruits, soft or hard cheese. For the dry wine fans, try it with vegetable dishes, crustacean’s shellfish, and spices. If you are ordering Indian cuisine, this should be your pick because of all the hot spice in their food. Sweet white wine goes best with cured and smoked meat, desserts, chocolate, and soft cheese. With the mention of chocolate here, I might just consider white wine my favorite. Anyway, last but not least, rich white wine goes best with creamy dishes, fish and seafood. Ah yes, ocean basket restaurant for seafood is just perfect. They also have a wide variety of wine on their menu, hmm…trying to put two and two together.
Well, now you are in the know. For those who like to go the extra mile, we can book a flight to South Africa. The ninth-largest wine-producing country in the world. From 4 cousins to cellar cask to 4th street, you name it. The wine Mecca. Personally I long to see those vineyards and get to know the whole process of making wine. Who knows, I might come up with my own brand as well. Or we can just go to the annual Nairobi Wine Festival and enjoy international wine masterclasses, live cooking with wine stations and 40 wine tastings.
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