Wine is one of those rare alcoholic beverages that can basically go with anything. Still, not every wine is fit for every scenario (like drinking a heavy red wine like Baco Noir with a piece of roasted flaky white fish). Pairing matters, and it goes much deeper than just “red and white”.

Shocking, I know. Here’s a brief list of different types and what they pair with:

  • Red meats like grilled steak pairs well with bold red wines like Malbec or Cabernet
  • White meat like chicken pairs well with a rich white like Chardonnay, or red wine like Pinot Noir
  • Cheese goes best with a sweet, rich, or sparkling wine (Riesling, Chardonnay, or Champagne)
  • Desserts can go well with aptly named dessert wines (Ice Wine, Sherry or Port)

Why is this important? Well, today is National Drink Wine Day. It’s a great reason to bust out that old bottle of wine that’s been sitting in the cellar for who knows how long. Luckily, wine is one of those delicious treats that gets even better in a sealed bottle the longer it ages, so if you’d prefer to set it aside for some grandiose occasion, that’s cool too!

You can find wineries in every state, but you should know that each region’s climates are perfect for types of grapes, often leading to regional variants and specialties. For example, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Vermont will taste very different from one made in California.

If you live near a winery, taking a tour of their facility (pandemic aside) can be an enlightening experience. Even if you don’t like wine, the process itself is fascinating to watch from beginning to end.

A good financial plan is a lot like a bottle of wine – it gets better and better as it matures. And there is no better time like the present to talk to us about planting the seeds that will one day make a fine wine of a financial plan. Give us a call at 513-563-PLAN (7526) or go online to book a chat today to get started!

Nikki Earley, CFP®