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As has been mentioned earlier, the important thing is what works for you. You can try this guide and see what suits your palate. Remember, a perfectly paired food and wine can turn a great meal into something sublime.  

The goal is to pair wine and food complementing each other. Their relationship should make each other shine, not make the other be relegated to the back, unnoticed. What’s worse is if the pairing makes the other not only taste forgettable but also makes its flavour bad like pairing fish with red wine. This is because red wine contains high levels of iron, and this could ruin the taste of seafood. 

If you’re eating delicate-tasting sushi paired with a robust red, chances are you wouldn’t enjoy the food. What you’d get is an overwhelming metallic, fishy taste. Not all red wines, however, can have this effect; there are red wines you can pair with fish dishes. Some Pinot Noir varieties, for instance, can be paired successfully with fish and other kinds of seafood.

If you read somewhere that such-and-such food is best paired with a particular wine and you happen to not like the recommendation, then skip it. The food should make you enjoy wine more, and vice versa. You don’t have to agree with others. You can ignore it and go with your taste.

Wines like Port, Madeira, Shiraz, and Zinfandels have high alcohol content and they’re not the best partners for spicy foods. Generally, the higher the alcohol content, the spicier your food will taste. ‘Generally,’ because some people are okay with pairing high-alcohol wine with spicy foods. 

However, wines that do work best for spicy foods are the sweet ones or off dry ones. But if you want to know what’s best for spicy foods, experiment and find out for yourself. The experience can be extremely rewarding.

Food and wine pairings can be as simple as you want them to be. You can follow the recommendation of wine experts or you can experiment and find out for yourself which pairings are best for you. And while tastes can be subjective, there are still a few guidelines you could follow in finding the perfect food and wine pairings.  

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