DANZANTE ESSENTIALS TO PAIR WITH PLEASURE
Wine and food pairing is a fascinating but intricate affair. If you require guidance, the following are a few basic notions to learn how to experience our Danzante Chianti, Tuscan Red, Pinot Grigio, and Prosecco wine at their best.
SIMILARS DO ATTRACT
The most relevant factor of all is flavor. Those that resemble each other can complement and enhance the pairing, as can similar textures and strengths. For example, your Danzante Chianti and Toscana Rosso can naturally work with heartier and structured dishes like pasta with creamy sauces, pork, beef and duck, while your Danzante Pinot Grigio can accentuate “aperitivos” and courses with a gentler appeal as fish, chicken and light cheese or a citric-based character.
WINE BODY LANGUAGE
In general, the wine’s body reveals how much alcohol it contains and how light or heavy it feels when it dances in our mouths. A light-bodied wine tends to go well with simple, steamed, sautéed or poached dishes, as opposed to medium or full-bodied wines that charmingly couple with complex, grilled, roasted, or baked dishes with more intense, earthy, or spicy flavors.
BALANCE MAKES PERFECT
The “Similars do attract” logic will generally allow you to go for a successful wine-food duo. A helpful extra note, though, focuses on balancing the flavors. Dishes with a salty or sour nature will tone down your wine, giving it a fruitier twist and making it less acidic. Food that is sweet and savory will tend to boost the personality of the wine contributing to a drier and sharper experience.
RED WINE REVELATIONS
The Chianti wine variety is so versatile that it can also be paired with seafood. You may go for a classic Danzante Pinot Grigio white wine and fish match, a chic Prosecco and oyster combination, or savor sea flavors with an unconventional Danzante Chianti choice.
TANNINS DISLIKE TANNINS
Red wines are usually rich in tannins which can lead to the typical ‘dry mouth feeling’. Rather than pairing them with food that is also high in tannins, such as apples and nuts, tannic wines are best combined with fatty foods like cheese or meat that can oppose and ‘break through’ the feeling of dryness.
SIGHT, SMELL, TASTE
A SURPRISING SENSORIAL ROADMAP
The Danzante wine-drinking experience is a captivating journey through the senses, characterized by the casual mood of your daily life. Before you live this moment to the fullest, sharing it with your people as you let the wine dance in your mouth, we invite you to engage with a few insider tips for enjoying your Danzante even more.
EXPLORE IT ALL WITH YOUR EYES
The personality of a wine starts to show once you pour it into your glass. From the depth of its color to its clarity, each visible element contributes to revealing whether you are sipping a light-bodied wine (7.5%-10.5% alcohol), a medium (10.5%-12.5% alcohol), or full-bodied wine (12.5% alcohol or over).
Red wine hues may include maroon, purple, garnet, ruby, or brown. White wine may appear golden, light green, pale yellow, or bronze. The more intense it looks, the fuller the body.
When you swirl your wine glass in a circular motion, the elongated droplets that form along its sides once you stop are called wine legs. The more legs and evident traces, the fuller the body.
The presence of sediment or any solid-looking matter floating in the wine tends to grow over time. The older the wine, the more likely it is to contain sediments at the bottom of the bottle.
TAKE IN THE OLFACTIVE EMOTION
A wine’s aroma narrates the details of its nature, intriguing your sense of smell and preparing you for the tasting phase. As you swirl it in the glass, get close to it and inhale deeply to catch the scents opening up. You should be able to detect whether the wine is good or corked, in which case you will perceive a musty-like odor. The finer noses will also pick out all the diverse and layered notes.
SAVOR THE TRUE FLAVOR
The initial impressions you may have of the wine will change and deepen as the drinking occasion unfolds and your taste buds welcome the different flavor notes. You will start to sense how long the wine lingers in your mouth, the range of aromas, and the body. Your immediate appreciation will slowly transform into a full-on experience with great gusto.
Red wines often embody berry, woody, oak, vanilla, pepper, or spicy notes. White wines often play with apple, floral or citrus notes.
Acidity is a must
It can be tangy, sharp, refreshing, crisp or lively. Acidity makes a wine stand out, empowering it by building up its base and pushing out its flavor.
Take your time
In the glass, after swirling, and in between sips, the wine continues to evolve. The oxygen in the air and in your mouth interacts with it constantly, transforming the wine-tasting time into a fun and immersive event.