Pairing food with wine for your wedding reception menus.
Whether you want to make pairing food and wine selections for your wedding reception. Your next dinner party. Or you are simply a budding wine connoisseur. Here are five tips for pairing food and wine that everyone will love.
1. Emphasize flavors. Identify the most expressive components of a dish and then select a wine that accentuates them. For example, a holiday bird like turkey or duck served with cranberries pairs very well with the classic fruity notes of a Côtes du Rhône  or a Vacqueyras  bottle.
2. Look for balance. Think of the wine and food as equal partners that should both have similar, complementary weights. Pair intense foods with intense wines. Rich foods with rich wines. And light foods with light wines and so on.
3. Consider the region. Vineyard location makes a vital difference to the tastes and aromas of a wine. Opt for a place with a strong history of producing superior wines, like the vineyards of the Rhône Valley . Their location is in a corridor between the Mediterranean Sea and Northern Europe and has been producing wines for over 2000 years. Benefitting from excellent soil diversity, rich and vibrant land, and a variety of appellations. The region is known for its world-class pleasure wines, available in red, white and rosé.
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4. Cheat with color. A great trick that is helpful if you are short on time or not sure where to start is to match the colors in your food and wine. Try a light, bright white with hints of green with a garden salad. And a dark red with a hearty stew.
5. Trust your instincts. These guidelines are a helpful start but remember preferences are unique and individual, so cater to yours. Pairing food and wines is an art that is informed by what you like to drink and eat. And choosing your favorites is what matters most. If you love pairing a white Saint Joseph  or Crozes-Hermitage  with your steak rather than the red that tradition dictates for beef, go for it and enjoy.