Matching, Harmonizing & Pairing

There is no such thing as a “best water,” just as there is no best wine. Very few people would ask “What is the best wine? The joy of being a foodie is understanding that wine should be enjoyed for being different and providing different experiences in a variety of contexts. What is the best wine? I would answer this by asking, “Is it Summer or Winter? What am I eating? Am I alone or in company?” In the same way as there is no best wine, there is no best water and we should not look for it but rather enjoy it as a natural product with terroir that expresses many different experiences.

Use the FineWaters Balance to establish a progression in multiplecourse meals and to match or contrast the water with the mouthfeelof the dish. One of the prime joys of matching water and food, and one of the true marks of water connoisseurship is changing waters for each course, developing a progression of waters to guide you through the meal. Drinking a different water for each course highlights their subtle differences, and the progression adds enormously to the dining experience. If your favorite restaurant does not offer more than one water, ask them to consider adding more options.

If you drink carefully matched wine with your dish, only still water is appropriate, a clear distinction between main character (wine) and supporting cast (water) is necessary.

There are many occasions when you drink water only with food and from a matching and harmonizing point of view those are the most rewarding setups. The focus can really be on food and water and the wine is not distracting the experience. Below are some rules how to approach the subject.

  • In The News
  • History of Bottled Water
Over the past two decades, bottled water has become the fastest-growing drinks market in the world. The global market was valued at $157bn in 2013 and is expected to reach $280bn by 2020.
Water is turning into wine. The same culture that surrounds the production and consumption of wine is emerging around water. Water competitions akin to wine competitions are now held.
NY Times Science
Earth is old. The sun is old. But do you know what may be even older than both? Water.
Salt Science
Washington Post declares that unknown to many shoppers urged to buy foods that are “low sodium” and “low salt,” this longstanding warning has come under assault by scientists who say that typical American salt consumption is without risk.

History Bottled Water
Ours is the blue planet, and the hallmark of life on Earth is water. But where did this colorless, odorless liquid first come from? Recent discoveries in astrophysics suggest that water is not native to Earth.
History Bottled Water
This website appeared first in 2004 and the concept of considering water at the same level as wine and food as a natural product was still new and foreign to many.