Why should we bother pairing every soul food with a drink? The answer is simple enough - we eat both at the same time, and it might not go well with us if we are left with a strange, repulsive taste. The right choice of a drink has much more capability than we can think of - it can magnify our dining experience or completely impair the experience as well as our moods. Wine and food go hand in hand and hence it is an upcoming trend to pair each dish with a complementing drink so that we can have the time of our life while dining. The following is an effort to combine the experience of the industry experts and foodies and come up with five interesting combinations of drinks and soul food.
No matter whether it is stewed, fried, or grilled, chicken is one of the most loved dishes among the soul food. Naturally, the cooks have tried pairing it with various wine, beer and liquor and have found that it tastes exotic with white wine. However, the experts are of the opinion that not only white wine, but it can taste really good with other sparkling and effervescent drinks too such as Champagne, Rum and Coke which tend to balance out its crunchy and greasy taste.
Shrimps and Grits
Tangy, spicy combination of delicious cheesy grits and shrimp definitely call for a drink that enhances its flavours but does not overwhelm the sweetness of the shrimp. The obvious choice, in that case, would be either Red Zin, Chardonnay, the red wine - Pinot Noir or the white wine, Pinot Grigio.
Cheese and Macaroni
Macaroni and Cheese are usually thought of as a white wine dish because of its buttery and rich taste. However, if you want to create a harmony out of its cheesy taste, you can go for something lean and acidic. Generally, people opt for Chardonnay, Dry Riesling, Dry Cider, Beer or Champagne.
Gumbo is a combination of various flavours - tangy, spicy as well as vegetal. Almost everyone tends to pair them up with white wine, but that’s not really what the experts say. According to them, whites having some body and texture must be selected to normalise the richness of the stew. Choose off-dry whites like Riesling or Chenin Blanc or even beer for a hearty meal.
Red Beans and Rice
A glass of wine is a must to have with mouth watering red beans and rice staple. Recommended drinks would be Pinot Noir which has the capacity to complement meaty bean flavour.