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Wine and Food Pairings | Hotel in Phoenix AZ

Chef Rick Dupere of The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch hotel in Phoenix AZ is responsible for some of the most innovative culinary creations west of the Mississippi. Guests at his Kitchen West restaurant enjoy such wonderful menu items as Wild Alaskan Salmon and Copper City Bourbon Sea Scallops. With such a wide variety of inventive and tasty dishes coming from his gourmet kitchen, Chef Rick is often asked the question, “Which wine goes with my meal?”

The old rules of wine and food pairing do not always apply. While white wines usually pair well with seafood dishes and red wines with steaks and other cuts of meat, today the guidelines are far less restrictive. With the wine industry now offering such a wide range of choices, including rosés, zinfandels, sparkling wines and champagnes, diners are now choosing their wine and food pairings based on personal preferences and even the individual menu ingredients in the meal. Chef Rick Dupere of The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch hotel in Phoenix AZ offers the following guidelines.

  • Tannin Red Wines Tannins are an astringent compound found in many red wines that provide that full-bodied structure that we all admire so much. Brawny reds like a Cabernet Sauvignon go well with the more luxurious meats and poultry, like braised duck or pan-seared pork dishes.
  • Unoaked White Wines“Unoaked” means that the wines are not aged in oak-constructed barrels. Alternatively, these wines are typically made inside large, stainless steel tanks. Instead of having that oaky aftertaste, unoaked white wines like a Sauvignon Blanc tend to offer a more citrusy acidity that compliments seafood dishes garnished with lemon, lime or orange slices.
  • Dry Rosés and Zinfandels As many novice wine connoisseurs might already expect, rosé wines fall somewhere in between. Rosés blend the fruity characteristics of red wines with the light body and acidity of a white. A dry rosé is often a good choice to drink with appetizers and hors d'oeuvres. Champagnes

While these are some very basic guidelines for how to pair wines with food, one thing is clear: the rules have changed, and you can now choose whichever wine suits your mood. But for guests of The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch who want to select a wine that will truly enhance the gourmet flavors found in Chef Rick’s culinary creations, don’t be afraid to ask your friendly server or wine sommelier.

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