When it comes to knowing “all” about wine, most people turn to the French for their guidance. While considered old-fashioned and classical by some, the French approach to wine is tried and tested and barely ever fails. Food and wine pairing is something the French do with style so if you’re planning a dinner party, want to experiment with new wines and food combinations or simply want to try something different it’s worth looking at these French rules for food and wine.
The French school of wine is very strict on its teachings and sommeliers learn a very specific way of serving wines with foods. In France, food and wine pairing is a true art, and something to take very seriously. French rules state:
You can never serve white wine with red meat or game
You can never serve aged red wins with fish or seafood (particularly crustaceans or mussels)
Every meal should involve different wines paired with the different food types
White wine must always be served before red
Lighter wines must be served before more robust offerings
Chilled wines must be served before those served at room temperature
This is just the beginning when it comes to the French sommeliers’ rule book. Some will argue alcohol concentration should also be considered when serving wines, with those with lower concentrations served first. Water is always served between wines at a French dining table, to ensure you can fully appreciate the aroma and bouquet of each individual wine.
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You can buy a range of high quality and flavourful French wines at the Fine Wine Company, ready for your French-inspired dinner party. Alternatively, you can opt for a more casual affair, choose any wine you like from our wide range and still enjoy a fully satisfying and tasty wine and food experience.