There are two main ways to combine wine and food. It can be done by drinking the wine with the food we eat. The other way is to use wine in the preparation of the food you are preparing. Whenever possible, one should always follow the second way with the first, unless circumstances and timing suggest you should not. Combining wine and food is not suggested for those too young, too feeble, or too stupid to enjoy the benefits.
Enjoying Wine While You Eat
A good wine will aid digestion, enhance the flavors of the food and, if it is a red wine, may even be beneficial to your health. There are many schools of thought as to which wines to combine with particular foods. However, the modern rule is that if it tastes right, it is right although there are indeed some gourmands who argue with this. In any case, there would seem to be truly very little downside in combining wine and food in this manner.
Cooking With Wine
The art of cooking with wine is perhaps best displayed in the French and Italian styles of cooking. In both of these modes of cooking, combinations of food and wine include using red wines in meat sources and marinades, and the use of sweeter white whites in the preparation of desserts and vegetables. Of course, this is a vast oversimplification, but in general adding wine will increase the depth to flavor and can also help in tenderizing certain meats while enhancing the flavor of vegetables. In most cases the combination of food and wine in this manner does not result in any alcohol flavor in the food as the cooking of the food typically boils away the alcohol and changes the way the alcohol itself is constituted. Any age group from children to the elderly may eat and enjoy this wonderful combination of wine and food.
Cooking With And Drinking Wine
This is by far the most fun of all the combinations. Though of course with this degree of fun there is always a risk and a downside. One must be careful when combining wine and food with wine drinking to take care to not drink too much and forget how to cook. Perhaps even worse would be to drink too much and actually combine the wrong food and wine. This has been the undoing of many great chefs and home cooks. Too much imbibing and not enough sense can lead to real drama in the kitchen.