From Chateau Ste. Michelle, ste-michelle.com
Wine is often called “nature’s perfect condiment.” When matched with the right food, it refreshes the palate and enhances a meal. Our taste buds perceive only four things: salt, sweet, bitter and acid. When wine meets food, these components combine to create a variety of taste sensations. And while there are no absolute rules for matching wine and food, there is little question some pairings are more complementary than others are. Beef is best paired with a full-bodied red wine such as a merlot or cabernet sauvignon.