Is It Really Important To Pair The Right Wine And Food?

Tips For Pairing Wine & Food - Desi Vega's Wine SelectionA good food and wine pairing creates a balance between the elements of the dish and the characteristics of a wine. It is actually quite complex, but the basics are simple to understand. The good news is that you do not have to learn a complicated system to select the right bottle to enhance your meal.

Keep It Simple

The most important rule when it comes to wine and food pairings is to simply drink and eat what you like. Select a wine that you enjoy drinking by itself. This way, even if the pairing is not perfect, you will still enjoy your wine.


The wine selected should be more acidic than the food, and it should be sweeter than the food. Consider the body or richness of both the food and the wine. The wine and the dish should complement each other, which means that neither should overwhelm the other. If you create this balance, the odds of the perfect wine and food pairing increase.

Tips For Pairing Wine & Food - Desi Vega's Pouring WineFlavor

The wine should have the same flavor intensity as the food. Red wines pair best with bolder flavored meats like red meat.  White wines pair better with light-intensity meats like fish and chicken. Bitter red wines balance best with fat. It is important to determine the dominant part of the dish understanding that it may be the sauce. For example, it is best to match the wine with the sauce than with the meat.


In general, there are over 20 different tastes found in food ranging from sweet and sour to spicy. But the most important tastes when pairing wine and food are salt, acid, sweet, bitter, fat and spice. Most wines can be grouped in three different categories: Red Wines are more bitter, White, Rosé and sparkling wines are more acidic, and sweet wines have more sweetness.

Desi Vega’s Seafood & Prime Steaks

At Desi Vega’s Seafood & Prime Steaks, we have a wonderful and extensive wine menu that is always changing to complement our menu. Whether you select a Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab Cake or a Filet Mignon, we will have the perfect wine to pair with your meal. Don’t worry, we can also help you select the perfect wine for your meal. We are open Monday through Friday for lunch from 11:30AM to 2PM, Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30-9PM For Dinner, and Friday and Saturday from 5:30PM until 10PM for Dinner. We also have happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 2PM until 6PM. Call us at 504-293-2490 to make your reservation today!