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I've heard that particular types of wine are good matches for particular types of food. I'm fairly new to wine being served with a meal I prepared, and I'd like to learn about how and why I should pick a wine that complements the rest of the meal.

I made this community wiki because I didn't name a particular meal to match. I'd like to spend some time learning about this topic in general.

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closed as too broad by rumtscho Mar 15 at 20:46

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Voted to close just due to the sheer scope of such a question. Community wiki or not it isn't really a fit for here. – hobodave Jul 17 '10 at 0:35
Agreed, question needs to be more specific. – Pulse Jul 17 '10 at 3:02
Yet it has been adequately answered, touche. – Brian Sep 30 '11 at 21:57
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That's a ridiculously huge question. So huge that you'd need a whole book to answer it! Fortunately, that book has been written:

What to Drink With What You Eat
What to Drink With What You Eat
The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea — Even Water — Based on Expert Advice from America's Best Sommeliers.
by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page

If you really want to understand this issue, this is by far the best answer. Worth every penny.

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