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French bread and cabernet sauvignon

Pairing Your Bread with Wine

Everyone knows about pairing the right kind of cheese with wine, and that you should never rinse seafood down with anything but champagne, pinot grigio, or sauvignon blanc—but what about the choice of bread? The world of wine pairing is complicated, and it turns out the experts have an opinion on what wines go with certain kinds of bread. They even have a recommendation on what wine to sip with your donuts!

French bread and cabernet sauvignon

French bread is best served with cabernet sauvignon, which is designated a “big red” wine for its bold taste. Both high in alcohol content and oaky aftertaste, cabernet sauvignon doesn’t go well with heavy, rich bread varieties. The crusty and refreshing flavor of French bread gives the palate a welcome reprieve from the wine’s heavy tannins. Both French bread and cabernet sauvignon pair well with fatty red meats. According to the wine experts, a mild spice like black pepper enhances the taste of cabernet. Heavy spices like chili powder should be avoided, however, because the wine’s tannins will amplify the heat.

Whole wheat with rosé

Whole wheat packs more flavor than French bread. To balance out the palate, experts recommend pairing with rosé. Rosé is a refreshing pink wine that’s not heavy or dark enough to qualify as a red wine, but not light enough to qualify as a white. It’s the best of both worlds, basically, and it goes great with whole wheat hors d’oeuvre. A variety of bread pairings are appropriate, because rosé can be very sweet or very dry. For dryer varieties, try pairing with rosemary bread.

Rye with pinot noir

Considered some of the finest wine in the world, pinot noir is said to have the aroma of strawberries, cherries, and raspberries. You don’t have to be a professional to know what tastes good, however. Rye bread has a slightly tangy, slightly sour taste and the smooth taste of a pinot noir is a perfect balance for the taste buds. This pairing is very popular in French restaurants.

Hearty or sweet bread with Riesling

Hearty bread with nuts or raisins go great with Riesling, a dry, semi-sweet white wine from Germany. Though you would need to be a professional to catch some of the fruit and chocolate notes in other varieties of wines, Riesling has a distinct taste of apples. It’s not made from apples in any way—the flavor is just similar.

Sweets with port or sweet Riesling

Pairing savory dishes with wine is all about balance, but pairing sweets with wine is another matter entirely. Cupcakes, birthday cake, and, yes, donuts go great with sweet wines like port, sherry, or a sweet Riesling. Port is a red dessert wine pairs well with chocolate desserts. The fruity taste of Riesling goes well with vanilla-flavored desserts.

Now that you’ve got the wine and the bread figured out, all you have to do is decide on a main dish! When searching for a quality bread supplier for your business, look no further than Baker’s Pride. For more news and tips check back in on our blog: Baker’s Dozen.