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Match It Right: Food and Wine Pairing Tips By Sula Vineyards

12 Jun , 2016  

Food itself can be great and glass of wine too. But when paired right, you create a synergy – a third flavor. To achieve a successful food & wine pairing, it is necessary to evaluate the basic components in both the wine and the dish. The principle is to try to balance these, so that neither the food nor the wine overpowers the other, but the combination results in that unique third flavour.

There is no single choice of wine that must be paired with a certain dish, but some are definitely better matches than others.

In addition to understanding the basic taste interactions between food & wine, it is important to remember that every individual has different sensitivities to various flavour & aroma components. This means that the same level of acidity can affect one person more strongly than another (this is not the same as a personal preference). Food & wine pairings should, therefore, take into consideration as much as personal preferences and the basic interactions between food & wine.Fine Dine Love

A part from pairing wine and food together, there is one more element to ensure you have in place – an open mind with a positive approach. Remember, what you like is simply the right pairing for you!

General Dos

  • Intensity – Flavor intensity in food needs to be matched with flavour intensity in wine. Riesling and Shiraz are two wines high on flavors. Capsicum and garlic are examples of food items with high flavour intensity
  • Spicy food should preferably be paired with a fruitier wine that has higher residual sugar. When the spices hit the taste buds, the sweetness will soothe the palate
  • For foods with a high level of acid, such as fresh tomato dishes, pickled vegetables and salads, select wines with fresh acid – Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling or a youthful Cabernet SauvignonFine Dine Love
  • Heavy food, oily, fried and rich food should preferably be paired with an acidic wine (ex. Sparkling; Sula Brut, Sula Sauvignon Blanc) which would help cleanse the palate and cut through the richness in the food
  • Chewy meat/protein pairs well with a tannic wine (ex. Dindori Reserve Shiraz, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon) Tannins help to break down the protein in the meat
  • Match your drink to the country – French wine with French food, Indian wine with Indian food, Australian Wine with Australian food, Italian wine with Italian food, Corona with Mexican, and now a Singha with Thai food.
Pairing  foods and wine from similar regions

Pairing foods and wine from similar regions



  • Savory food when paired with tannic wine makes the food taste bitter
  • Spicy food when paired with tannic wine accentuates the spices and can create an explosion in the mouth. However, this may be enjoyed by some people, but these people are a rare species
  • Full-bodied wines with intense flavors will overpower light and delicate food.

Cecilia Oldne’s Favorite Pairings:

  • Mud House Sauvignon Blanc with Sula Dindori Farm Organic Goat Cheese. An interesting trick is to echo flavors. The acidity in the wine and cheese makes for a delightful pairingunnamed
  • Sula Riesling with Thai dish the ‘Larb Gai’. The spiciness of the chilli and flavours of coriander with the perfect amount of sweetness in the wines puts a smile on my face
  • Cono Sur Pinot Noir with tuna. Only one red wine I would pair with fish and that is my favourite Pinot!
  • Rasa Shiraz with a juicy lamb – say no more.sula 1
  • Piper-Heidsieck Champagne as a welcome drink – paired with mini fried Camemberts. The bubbly awakens the palate and refreshes too. The acidity in the wine cuts through the richness in the cheese. Love, love, love.unnamed (2)

A trained sommelier from Sweden, Cecilia Oldne has more than ten years of experience in the in the global wine and spirit industry. She has also been spoken about in several renowned publications like Forbes and has been awarded among the top ten influential women in the Indian wine industry.

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Cecilia Oldne

Cecilia Oldne wears more than one hat at Sula Vineyards. She is Sula’s Global Brand Ambassador and Head of Marketing. Cecilia is also the Head Buyer of Sula’s import arm – Sula Selections. Oldne has played a key role in establishing India on the world wine map – with Sula now being available in 30 countries around the world. She has also brought world’s prestigious brands to Sula Selections’ portfolio, making Sula Selections India’s top 3 importer.
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