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Monday, April 03, 2006

So what goes with dinner

Ah, beer

When I go to dinner with Jen, we don't often have wine. Well, she likes wine, red wine, but I tend to have a beer. Or we'll have mixed drinks.

Grin & Beer It
By Gregory Cartier
Lifestyle Correspondent - Every 2nd Friday

The truth is that beer is misunderstood and under-appreciated. When selecting a beer, the choices are as diverse and varied as wine. However, the average merchant will stock the most commercial and popular brands and, in many cases, the instinct of the consumer is to purchase whatever is recognizable and on sale. Shopping for the perfect bottle of wine has evolved into an art form while the proverbial "beer run" has devolved into a chore.

what goes with that steak?

Beer can be broken down into several categories, with many versions in turn. For example, there are beers enhanced with fruit essence such as raspberry, as well as dark ales and lagers. Here's a list of the major beer types with food suggestions for each.

Lager: In North America, consumers have been weaned on lager. Pale golden color, carbonated and light on the hops, it is a good accompaniment to grilled poultry.

Stout: Across the pond in the United Kingdom, beer connoisseurs can attest to the taste of a fine stout, such as Guinness. A darker ale that has a creamy head in the glass, stout features intense flavors and, depending on the variety, ranges from sweet to bitter. It is often served as a compliment to shellfish, stews and wild game.

Ale: Ales are robust, with hints of fruit or spice and a pleasant finish. There are several popular ales on the market, from cream to pale. Ranging in hue from deep gold to crimson, ales are suited to red meat. So to answer the question, order a bottle of ale from the bar to go with that sirloin.

Dry Beer: Almost every major label has a dry beer in the roster. Dry beer is clean and crisp to the taste, since more of the natural sugars turn into alcohol during brewing, resulting in a golden beer that is less bitter with a slight aftertaste. Try it with light pasta dishes, salads and grilled vegetables.

Malt Beer: Malt beers are heavier and sweeter than other beers and contain more alcohol as well. They can be used to compliment any cuisine, or as a way to ward off a winter chill.

So how do you order wine

The Art Of Ordering Wine

By Gregory Cartier
Lifestyle Correspondent - Every 2nd Friday

Cabernet Sauvignon (pronounced cab-ur-nay so-vin-yo)
Cabernet has an intense taste, complex texture and is austerely tannic. It should be aged for a minimum of 5 years for optimal flavor, often with a hint of blackcurrant, blackberry and even mint.

Chardonnay (pronounced shar-da-nay)
Made from the finest white grape in the world, green-skinned European vinifera grapes are used to make this aromatic and complex wine, adding a balanced taste with a hint of fruit and a dash of acidity, ranging from a flavor of figs, apples, melons, and even honey. When aged in oak, the flavor gives hints of caramel or vanilla. Since these grapes are expensive, the premium trickles down to the bottle.

Merlot (pronounced mur-low)
When Cabernet grapes are blended with Merlot grapes, a delicate blend emerges without the more rugged nature of the Cabernet. Alone, the Merlot is far more subtle and warm on the palate. While it is nonetheless a rich wine, it is far less tannic and thus easier to drink. The heavily preferred Merlots are dark wines with hints of plum, cherry, chocolate, and even toffee.

Zinfandel (pronounced zin-fan-dell)
"California's grape" is far and away a fruity offering of full-bodied, richly flavored and almost spicy wines. Zinfandel grapes used in the wine making process range from under ripe for ros to over ripe for Port. Anyway you have it: Zinfandel is a more delicate and sweet offering.

posted by Steve @ 2:36:00 AM

2:36:00 AM

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