Food & Wine Pairings at Skylon Tower
Gourmet food, fine wines, and a breathtaking, 360 degree view seem like the perfect recipe for an outstanding dining experience, and all can be found at the Skylon Tower’s Revolving Dining Room. Even a spectacular meal like the one you can expect from our Revolving Dining Room chefs can be taken up a notch by its pairing with the perfect wine. A good pairing will enhance your meal, creating a flavour and experience that is greater than the sum of its parts. While our menu notes optimal pairings, it’s interesting to know the factors behind what makes food taste better with wine and vice versa.
Wine is classified by weight just like you might describe a rich meal as heavy or a salad as light. Alcohol is typically what makes a wine heavier, but the weight can also be influenced by other factors in the winemaking process. Generally speaking, weight has to do with the intensity of the flavour.
A pairings focus will either be on the food or the wine. Either the wine is complimenting the food, or the food is complementing the wine. The pair should have a similar weight but with one aspect being dominant. To avoid the food and wine competing, one should be heavier and more intense than the other. The focus of your meal is based on whichever of the two is heaviest.
Complement or Contrast
These are the two ways to match a wine with food. You can match the flavours, like pairing a buttery, creamy Chardonnay with a creamy dish, or choose contrasting elements by instead pairing that creamy dish with a crisp, acidic Sauvignon Blanc, for example. A complimentary wine will enhance and support the flavours of a dish, while a contrasting wine will cut through the flavour and refresh the palate.
Pairing a dish with a wine from the same place of origin (like Italian food with Italian wine) is another simple way to choose wine and food that go well together. However, regional pairing will not guarantee a perfect match, rather it does provide a template to start with.
If you are looking for inspiration in your food and wine pairing, then consider a seasonal choice. When winter is upon us, sample a robust and full bodied red. For this option, you will want to look into Skylon Tower’s red meat options as it will not be overpowered by the wine’s bold flavour. With this hearty pairing you will feel warm, nourished, and satisfied, even on the coldest winter night.
Of course one of the best parts of visiting the Niagara Region is trying some of its famous wine. Skylon Tower’s Revolving Dining Room menu includes a selection of locally made and award-winning wines. You may even choose a dish that focuses your taste buds on enjoying these Canadian favourites.
Pairing wine and food may seem complicated, but with a little insight, these two pleasures can add to one another. With this extra knowledge, it’s time to explore and experiment with new flavours as part of your mealtime ritual.