Maintaining your own garden can be an extremely relaxing experience, and it can also provide you with a number of specific joys. For example, depending on the type of space that you have and the specific sort of garden you want to grow, you may be able to stock your own home with particular vegetables or fruits.
More commonly, people make the effort to fill their gardens with selections of herbs, as these are often easier to grow in smaller spaces, and can be surprisingly handy to have around. After all, as any cook knows, herbs can often be the keys to special flavours, meaning that you can never have too many around.
Somewhat less well known, however, is that foods that are strong in herbal flavours can be specifically paired with certain types of wine to enhance your enjoyment of both.
As you probably know, wine and food directly impact each other during meals, and as your food’s flavour changes from herbal accompaniment, your wine pairings may also change.
So, the next time you head to Marks & Spencer for a bottle or two of wine, consider the following advice with regard to the herbs you’re using.
What wines go well with Basil?
Basil is an extremely popular herb that can be easy to grow, and which is used in a huge variety of dishes. Fortunately, it can also go with a huge variety of wines.
Because this herb impacts your food without completely taking over the tastes, pairing basil is generally more about the overall dish. However, you needn’t worry too much about wines to accompany your basil, anything from a Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio to a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot could be acceptable.
What wines go well with Cilantro?
Cilantro is another popular herb that can be a bit more effective in changing the overall taste of your dish, meaning that pairings can be a bit more specific.
Chenin Blancs and sparkling wines are recommended, as a lighter, crisper tasting wine can work very well with the unique and lively taste of cilantro.
Additionally, cilantro is generally used with lighter dishes and white meats more frequently than heavy, dark meals, meaning that it is generally a good idea to stick with lighter, white wines.
What wines go well with Oregano?
Oregano is another extremely popular herb that is easy to pair with a number of dishes. However, just as cilantro tends to accompany lighter, crisper foods, oregano tends to go more frequently with heavier meals and darker meats.
Additionally, oregano can add a somewhat dry feeling to a meal, meaning that it is best to pair it with a deeper, red wine that can pleasantly counter its effect. Cabernet Sauvignons, Chiantis, and Merlots are among those wines recommended for many oregano accompanied dishes.