Fort Worth Restaurants - Wine and Spirits
Food and wine have been combined for meals since the Roman Empire if not before. History is a little vague exactly when wine was first produced but you can bet it wasn’t long afterwards that someone discovered how good wine is with a meal.
Fast forward a thousand years or so and wine experts began making note that some wines are better with specific wines. In other words, a Pinot Noir could not be consumed with just any food but rather a food that brought out the distinct flavor of the Pinot Noir grape and in fact enhanced that flavor. The same, of course, could be said for a Chardonnay of Cabernet or Zinfandel or any other wine variety.
With that discovery came the idea, eventually, of having wine & dine events, although these really gained popularity once organizations realized that people would pay good money for the opportunity to eat good food, drink good wine and be schooled in the nuances of fine wine at the same time. Thus we reached the year 2012 when dine & wine events are quite popular.
Wine tasting is a rather interesting subject. Several polls taken on the subject verify that most people who drink wines with meals really know very little about proper food/wine pairings. That is just one reason why the recent influx of wine & dine events have been so popular.
The typical wine tasting, or wine & dine, will have a four or five course meal and feature a separate wine for each course. In other words, there will be a separate wine for the appetizer, one for salad, one for soup, one for the main entrée and one for dessert.
Restaurants where these events are held will often feature a wine from a different winery for each course, thus advertising four or five wines on their menu in one sitting and, thusly, adding to the knowledge of their patrons and insuring that those wines will have a following in weeks and months ahead.
Do you question the wisdom of this practice? The simple fact is that there are states that actually have a Wine & Dine state holiday, and statewide wine festivals and wine & dine events bring in large amounts of money to the state coffers. Needless to say we have come quite a ways since the Ancient Romans and drinking wine from a goat skin while ripping off a hunk of meat with our teeth.