Pairing Umami Tastes with Wine: A New Sensory Experience

Umami Tastes

Wine sales are at an all-time high in the United States, and this increased interest in wine brings an increased desire for new and unusual wine and food pairings.

Many well-known wine and food pairs like fish and white wine or a juicy steak with a robust red follow the simple and straightforward pairing philosophy that lighter foods pair well with lighter wines and heavier foods with more structured and heavier wines. It can get more interesting if you dig deeper into the actual breakdown of components in the foods and wines that give them such synergy. One example that can illustrate this scenario is with a taste sensation called “umami.”

Salty vs Savory – How Do Your Tastebuds Know the Difference?

Salty vs Savory

Salty and savory are two distinctly different flavors, yet they so often occur together that they can be hard to define separately. Your taste buds can still recognize each distinct component of salty vs savory even if your brain blends them together into one delicious flavor. But how?

Thai Beef Salad; Savory Foods We Can’t Wait to Try

Early in the week, Kylie Lawson, military spouse and mother of two, unwittingly changed our plans for the weekend. In what ended up being a battle between savory foods, her Thai beef salad was pitted against an avocado, corn and bacon salad for The Today Show’s salad edition of their Ultimate Cook-Off series.

How Does One Develop a Food Allergy?

Food Allergy

Our immune systems are generally pretty good at differentiating between dangerous invaders (bacteria, viruses, etc.) and harmless substances (pollen, peanuts, etc.), and reacting accordingly. The process sometimes fails, unfortunately, resulting in a food allergy. This happens in an estimated 4% of adults and 5% of children, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Ubiquitous Umami: Adding Flavor Around the World

Umami Flavor

Umami. It’s the flavor that’s savored around the world, from Asia to Europe to the United States. While this fact may not be widely known, foods that are ripe with umami goodness have been used for ages (i.e., a long, long time) in the cuisines of many countries.

To visually demonstrate just how widespread the love of umami is, this amazing graphic shows where and how umami-rich foods are used: