Middle Eastern food is some of the most sophisticated flavor profiles you can ever encounter in your discovery of great food and culture. The centerpiece comfort food of this will always be known as Hummus. Usually known as a simple … Read More
Best Red Wine to Pair with Mediterranean FoodReds are best reserved for heavy, meaty dishes such as moussaka and gyros or lamb-based entrees. Dishes that are grilled or barbequed, or served with a hearty sauce can stand up to bold, full-bodied red. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Malbec; full-bodied, but low acidity with flavors of plum, blackberry and cocoa.
- Tempranillo; medium-bodied with high tannins, similar to Merlot.
- Shiraz; full-bodied with a robust, spicy flavor.
- Merlot; Medium-bodied with moderately sweet flavor.
- Grenache; floral with strong berry flavor and notes of citrus.
Best White Wine to Pair with Mediterranean FoodWhites are an excellent choice when dining on seafood, poultry and vegetable-based dishes.
- Riesling; It’s light, sweet, crisp and highly acidic.
- Rosé; bright acidity with strong berry flavor.
- Moscato; sweet and bubbly with notes of peach and nectarine.
- Chardonnay; dry and buttery with moderate tannins and acidity.
Pairing Food With Greek WineWe would be remiss to discuss Mediterranean wine pairings and not talk about Greek wine varietals to expand your horizons. While largely overlooked and often underrated, the Greeks have been producing wine for centuries. There are many to try but here are just a few we recommend:
- Agiorgitiko (ah-gee-or-gee-tee-ko); velvety black cherry flavor, oak aged with medium acidity.
- Athiri (ah-thee-ree); crips white with notes of nectarine and lemon.
- Moscofilero (mos-ko-fi-ler-oh); a bright and aromatic with tangerine and peach aromas.
- Roditis (ro-dee-tis): Full-bodied, complex, with notes of apple and pear.
Pairing Wine with Various Mediterranean Dishes
Dolmas Wine PairingDolmas can vary by region, but are typically vine leaves stuffed with vegetables and herbs. You’ll want a wine that is somewhat sweet and acidic to pair with this Mediterranean staple. We recommend a Riesling or Rosé.
Couscous Wine PairingCouscous is a Mediterranean staple. It’s usually served as an accompaniment to a protein, but on its own it pairs nicely with a Rosé.
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Moussaka is one of the most traditional Greek dishes, made as a casserole. It is made from aubergines which are thin sliced and made as layers, mixed with either lamb mince or beef mince and topped off with a creamy … Read More
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