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Wine and dine with pride

Frederica Elbourne
Thursday, February 07, 2013

GONE are the days of ordering red wine to go with red meat or white wine with fish.

But that's all right, says social website www.thedailymeal.com as it advises wine drinkers to order what they want, whatever they're craving and to order it with pride.

What to pair with the no-brainer, classic Valentine's Day dishes, and how to not look like a wine-ignorant fool in front of your date, can be tricky for newbies.

But confidence is everything and it's ultimately about what you like and what you're craving.

If someone gives you a strange look when you order, you give them a strange look right back, www.thedailymeal.com said.

Don't be afraid to ask for help or suggestions. After all, the waiters and waitresses are paid to know what will go with your meal and they know the wine list better than you, www.thedailymeal.com said.

There's no shame in wanting to learn more. But if you'd rather stick to tradition and don't quite know—how, here's a guide from www.dailymeal.com.

If you order oysters, get a wine that's light and sweet, fruity flavoured to complement the salty, ocean flavors of the shellfish

If you order filet mignon, pair it with a big, powerful wine to go with it like a cabernet with dark berries and big flavours. A heavy meal, like steak, is best complimented with a nice, big wine. A cabernet, a big bold wine, won't get lost in the meal, but won't overpower it either.

If you order mahimahi or a white fish, the acidity of a sauvignon blanc, plus its fruity overtones, will match nicely.

But don't be afraid to order a red wine, something light, like a pinot noir if you're craving red.

If you order dark chocolate cake: A pinot noir is a safe bet for your chocolate desserts.

And if all else fails, remember you cant go wrong with champagne.


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