Sunday Read: An Overview of the ISA Wine Pairing Criteria

I love what this blogging community has brought to my life. One of my favorite fellow writers is Stefano Crosio, whom I first met through the fabulous Italian food blog Flora’s Table, his wife’s blog on Italian and American food (an awesome resource!). Stefano is in charge of photography and wine and food pairings on the blog. His suggestions are informed suggestions because he is a certified sommelier according to the Italian Sommelier Asssociation (ISA) rules. Stefano has now started his own blog Clicks & Corks on which he shares his stunning work in photography and his love for and knowledge of wine.

Last week, Stefano posted a fabulous article and I am happy to share it with you. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes struggle with figuring out what wines to pair with the food I prepare. I have developed some rules by trial and error, have consulted a few information sources and tried these, but it has all been a bit all over the place. I am not saying this is not fun or educational, but it was also hit and miss. Stefano has summarized and explained ISA’s general suggestions on how to pair certain types of flavors and textures with wines. It is not a “steak = Cabernet Sauvignon” or “asparagus = Silvaner” type of guide which I greatly appreciate. This guide helps me understand the qualities to look for in the food and the wines to make pairings work.

I will be using this guide in the future and see how it works out. I thought it is worth sharing! Have a great Sunday, and thank you, Stefano.

Corks & Clicks: An Overview of the ISA Wine Pairing Criteria 

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15 thoughts on “Sunday Read: An Overview of the ISA Wine Pairing Criteria

  1. kriskkaria says:

    Hi! I nominated your blog for an award, go here to see the mention, http://doesthishappentoyou.wordpress.com/. You’re supposed to answer my questions, tell us 7-11 things about yourself and nominate 7-11 of your favorite blogs for an award. Sorry, its a bit of work.

  2. wineking3 says:

    Just read this ISA wine pairing sheet for the first time and to me it looks like Stefano is mostly stating the obvious.

    • Well, it may be obvious, but to me it is really helpful. I never quite dove into these questions before and it made intuitive sense (which is probably what makes it seem obvious). Thanks for sharing!

  3. Francesca says:

    Thank you so much. That was awfully nice of you! :-)

  4. Stefano says:

    Oh wow, Oliver: you are WAY too kind, my friend, seriously! Now I’m blushing :-)
    Thank you so much for your super kind words, which I greatly appreciate, and I totally reciprocate the pleasure of “meeting” you albeit only virtually, at least for now! I look forward to meeting you in person and having fun drinking some good wine together!
    Thanks again, Oliver.

  5. […] is a great resource, courtesy of Stefano of Clicks and Corks via The Winegetter, for narrowing down which elements of your food to focus on in order to choose an appropriate wine […]

  6. talkavino says:

    Oliver, thank for sharing that – I missed the original post, so it was to read it now…

  7. I popped over there and signed up to follow. I love how circles connect and overlap–it’s such fun “meeting” new and interesting people through the wonderful people I’ve already met. Thank you.

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