One of the highlights of traveling through the Douro region is wine tasting. During this part of the tour excursion, you will be taught how to taste and pair wine with food. However, the tricky part is finding a Kosher alternative to the suggestions the connoisseur gives you.
Here are some of the things you can pair with wine on this Kosher tour:
Chardonnay — Light and Crisp
Probably the most popular white wine on earth, Chardonnay is characterized by its buttery aroma and citrusy flavors. A light wine like this is best paired with white meat such as gefilte fish during the Shabbat. The burst of acidity from the wine will balance out the savory taste of the fish.
Sauvignon Blanc — Flat and Slightly Herbal
This versatile wine is a bit lighter than Chardonnay, which makes it the perfect wine pairing for a salad or fruit for dessert. It lacks the fruity quality that a Chardonnay has; its neutrality makes it an excellent pairing for sweetened tropical fruit. Sauvignon Blanc is best served chilled.
Pinot Grigio — Floral and Dry
The Pinot Grigio grape is a mutation of the well-known Pinot Noir, which results in red wine. Pinot Grigio varies in taste; some are more fruity than others, but they all are generally a dry and light wine. This wine pairs best with light seafood dishes.
Pinot Noir — Sweet and Packed with Anti-Oxidants
They say that Pinot Noir is the healthiest wine in the world. Some women claim that the anti-oxidants present in the wine is their fountain of youth! Pinot Noir is generally lighter than most red wines. It’s also more versatile as it can be paired with rich white meat dishes or it can also be used as a dessert wine.
Merlot — The Beginner’s Blend
Merlot was characterized as a wine that was “easy to drink,” making it a favorite among people who were just introduced to red wine. You can pair it with virtually any type of food, and it will taste good with any meal you have it with.
Cabernet Sauvignon — Rich and Deep
Widely accepted as the best blend on the market, Cabernet Sauvignon is best paired with heavy red meat, such as beef. Its bitter texture was made to cut through the richness of the food it’s paired with. The tart flavor is a good balancing factor to the fat present in the beef.
Rosé — Flirty and Refreshing
It falls into neither a white nor red category. What gives Rosé its unique color is that some of the grape skins are left on during the pressing process, staining the liquid pink. Rosé is normally a dessert wine, but it’s best enjoyed mixed with other drinks and served in a cocktail. It’s served best cold on a hot summer day.
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