Beer vs. Wine…Why Not Both?
Perhaps you’re a staunch beer-drinker who’s open to being not-so-staunch, or a resolute wine-sipper who’s considering sampling some brews?
We’re into the gloriously long days of summer, and you’ve got a little extra time on your hands. Why not be adventurous and start exploring some great new beverage options?
We’ve got suggestions that will take you outside of your usual, while keeping with the flavours and mouth-feel you know and love!
Light and easy-to-drink
Beer: Lager and pilsner
Wine: Sparkling wines, such as cava and prosecco
If you like your beverages to be light, lively, and easy-to-drink, beers like lagers and pilsners, and dryer sparkling wines like cavas and proseccos tend to be crisp, fresh and bubbly.
They’re a great option for cooling down on hot summer days, and they’re easy-drinking and easy to pair with lots of your favourite meals!
Smooth, crisp and a little bit sweet
Beer: Wheat ale
Wine: Chardonnay or sémillon
If you enjoy crispness, but crave a bit more richness, wheat ale as well as buttery chardonnay or sémillon are all wonderful choices!
The smooth, creamy mouth-feel and touch of sweetness found in these beers and wines are often cut with a bit of crisp citrus for a balanced and enjoyable taste.
Well-balanced and flavourful
Beer: Pale ale
Wine: Gamay or pinot noir
Do you enjoy full, rich flavour without too much heaviness? Pale ales as well as light red wines such as gamay and pinot noir are the perfect balance!
You’ll get interesting flavours without too much bitterness, and just enough body without weighing you down.
Spicy and complex
Wine: Cabernet franc or carménère
Are you someone who enjoys sweet AND savoury? IPAs as well as cabernet franc and carménère wines have interesting and complex flavour profiles! You can also expect a good balance between bitter and sweet, with a touch of fruitiness.
Deep and earthy
Wine: Chianti or Bordeaux
Do you like your beverages to be authoritative? Rich, deep and earthy are all descriptors you can apply to porters as well as fuller reds such as chianti and Bordeaux. The chocolaty, coffee and natural flavours found in these drinks pair perfectly with rich and grilled dishes.
So what do you think? Are you willing to make a switch and try something new?
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