Solving a Problem: When Wine Won’t Match Food

Not everyone is a wine connoisseur – including those who are frequent restaurant diners, and even those who spend time browsing online wine websites. While you may pride yourself on having a nose and a palate for picking out hints of oak and grass in your bottle of choice, there is going to be a time where you can’t figure out how to match food with wine. The truth is, some food will stump you, as will some wine.

If a lot of what you do is guesswork and taste-testing to ensure something works together, it’s essential to know there is a method to the madness. When wine doesn’t match, use this list below as a ‘go-to’ for solving the problem.

Sweet Wine

Is that wine that arrived in the mail from an online wine website a little too sweet? Rather than worry about how you’re going to create a successful pairing, we’ve got the answer. Any sweet wine is going to work well with sweet desserts, honey, chocolate, and dried fruit. Oddly enough, sweet wine also goes well with parmesan and blue cheese. Therefore, sweet wine is the perfect accompaniment to a harvest board you prepare for your nearest and dearest, or to go with dessert at a restaurant.

Red Wine

As a rule of thumb, any red wine you see on a restaurant menu or for sale by an online wine provider is going to be quite heavy. Of course, there are lighter red wines, but even ‘light’ is no match to a Riesling or Italian dry wine. If you find yourself with a high-alcohol or very oaky red wine, pairing is easier than you may have thought. On the nights you plan on cooking a stew, beef, or any hearty and meaty meal, it’s time to crack open a bottle of red.

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Essential Oils to Put You to Sleep

At least one in three people have a mild form of insomnia, and if you’re tired of staring at the ceiling, night after night, it’s time to take action. However, because there are so many sleep products on the market, it can be tough to decide what to try first. You could, of course, skip right to the sleeping pills, but who wants to feel groggy when they wake up? It might be time to consider essential oils instead. We’ve included just a few of the many available options below.

Lavender
Lavender, for many years, has been known as a sleep-inducing essential oil. It can ease anxiety and insomnia, reduce your stress levels, and eventually, lull you into a restful sleep. What’s more, researchers have even proven that lavender increases slow-wave sleep, a form of rest you typically know as a deep slumber, and decreases your heartbeat and relaxes your muscles in the process.

Sandalwood
Sandalwood is normally used as a form of incense for making your home smell nice, but it also promotes quality sleep. It can reduce your levels of anxiety, put you into a meditative state, and even put a stop to insomnia. This distinctive, milky, smooth scent is sure to have you sleeping like a baby in no time.

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