6 Basic Elements of Food and Wine Pairings

Many people love enjoying a glass of wine at dinner. However, they might not know how to successfully pair their meals with the perfect drink. Here are a couple tips you can follow for a fabulous (and doubly delicious!) wining and dining experience.

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In general, there are six separate food elements that interplay with wine.

1. Fat Element

There’s fat in dairy products as well as in meats and sausages. Because wine is produced without fat, a balance must be found with the wine’s acidity. The tannins in a robust red will cut the fat’s heaviness, or you can complement its essential richness with the wine.

2. Acid Element

Wines have acidity, as do foods like fruit, particularly citrus. The right level of acid gives a wine its signature zing. Select wines with enough acidity to stand up to a specific dish to amp up your wine’s unique verve.

3. Salt Element

If you’re serving salty snacks, like nuts or an array of cheeses, you might be surprised that the best wine choice is a sweet Sauternes. Sparkling wines are also perfect palate cleansers with salty foods.

4. Sweetness Element

Some people might think that sweet wines pair well with sweet foods, but that’s not necessarily the case. While cured ham with a hint of sweetness can be paired seamlessly with a Chardonnay, you want to make sure you’re not overdoing these flavors. A Bittersweet Chocolate Ice Cream Truffle would never blend with a dry red, so try a semisweet red like a harvest zinfandel instead.

5. Bitterness Element

The bitter notes in wine are produced from tannins and can be tempered by fatty foods. Mustard and collard greens may have a bitter taste, but they can be paired with a Zinfandel or a Pinot Blanc. Foods and wines with bitter notes don’t do well together.

6. Texture Element

Texture in food and wines is measured by lightness and heaviness. Consider how pleasant a glass of white wine can be with some sliced fruit as an appetizer, or on its own. When you plan a big meal, a Pinot Noir or Chianti would be most appropriate.

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Hickory Farms wine gifts are already expertly paired so you don’t have to guess at a good match — it’s already made! You can place your order online today for a quick home delivery.

Featured Basket: Vintner’s Savory Selection

Any time you pair a fruity wine with flavorful cheeses, a fabulous party is sure to be just around the corner. To create a truly dynamic palette, all you need is a little sausage on the side. To enjoy all of these delicacies in one gourmet food basket, check out Hickory Farms’ Vintner’s Savory Selection.

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What you get

If you enjoy bright, vibrant flavors, this basket is the perfect choice for your summer party. Our Vintner’s Savory Selection offers a pair of creamy cheeses. If you prefer things on the spicy side, you’ll love our Jalapeno and Cheddar Blend. For guests who crave bold, smoky flavors, our Smoked Cheddar is sure to become their new favorite snack!

For the perfect accompaniment to your cheeses, slice up some of our Beef Summer Sausage. As the Gold Medal Award Winner at the American Masters of Taste competition, this delicious sausage combines natural smoky flavor with the highest-quality sausage. For even more complexity, top your sausage with a little bit of our Farmstand Recipe Sweet Hot Mustard, which adds the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

This fantastic basket is elegantly finished with a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Lucinda & Millie. With a fruit-forward finish, this Cabernet will bring out the richness of our cheeses.

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Get ready for your summer party

With all of these amazing basket goodies, your party will be an instant hit. Simply cut the sausages into small slices, cube your cheeses and arrange them on an elegant platter. You can include a couple extra snacks, such as almonds and figs, to add a sophisticated touch. To create additional flavor combinations, fill small bowls with condiments, such as our Sweet Hot Mustard and fruit preserves.

Don’t forget to set out toothpicks and napkins for serving, and then simply pour out our Cabernet for everyone’s enjoyment!

With so many fantastic flavors, our Hickory Farms Vintner’s Savory Selection gourmet food basket includes everything you need for a summer picnic, party, or just a cozy night at home. Bring one home today to experience these perfectly paired flavors.

Meaningful Ways to Celebrate National Parents Day

Every year, National Parents Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July. In 1994, President Clinton signed this holiday into law to recognize, uplift and support every parent raising a child. While still a relatively new holiday, the custom of honoring our parents belongs to the ages. Hickory Farms has a few suggestions for making July 27 a memorable day for your family.

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  • Parents of young children know how much they adore your time and attention. Nothing delights kids more than to see you unplug your electronic devices and devote your focus on them. Making great childhood memories for them to reflect on in later years is a priceless gift only you can give.

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  • Have a spontaneous family picnic, even if it’s only in your backyard. Our Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham is a great ingredient to add in a hardy sandwich, or just put out a spread and pair it with some of our delicious fruit and cheeses. After the feast, engage your children by asking them to say or write down three things they really appreciate about you as a parent. Then, reciprocate by letting them know three things you appreciate about them.

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  • If your parents are older, surprise them with a special gift box like our Hickory Tropical Delight from our selection of gourmet wine gifts. Make sure you stick around for a toast and some laughs as you share fond memories from your childhood.
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  • Take Mom and Dad out to dinner at their favorite family restaurant. Make a reservation at a venue you’ve all gathered at for special moments in the past. At this time, don’t let Dad pick up the check! Make sure they both realize how grateful you are for their loving direction over the years.

This year, celebrate Parents Day by spending the entire day with your family. Remember that Hickory Farms will always be here to make the occasion a real treat with our gourmet food baskets.