The modern "art" of food pairing is a relatively recent phenomenon, fostering an industry of books and media with guidelines for pairings of particular foods and wine. The main concept behind pairings is that certain elements (such as texture and flavor) in both food and wine react differently to each other and finding the right combination of these elements will make the entire dining experience more enjoyable.
The most basic element of food and wine pairing is understanding the balance between the "weight" of the food and the weight (or body) of the wine. From there a food and wine pairing can also take into consideration the sugar, acid, alcohol and tannins of the wine and how they can be accentuated or minimized when paired with certain types of food.
For a more detailed examination of the art of food and wine pairing, start here: Food Pairing
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Here at Peacock Sky Vineyard, our tasting room is one of a kind. Originally set up as the living quarters for a farmhouse, our tasting room boasts three areas for private or group tastings. We are one of only a few vineyards in New Zealand to have a degustation style wine tasting. We serve tastes of our estate grown wines accompanied by sample sized portions of chef-inspired dishes designed to enhance your appreciation of our wines; each tasting is designed to celebrate the intimate relationship between wine and food.
We offer a number of wine tastings depending on your interest, budget, and time, and our multilingual staff can you guide you through your experience in English, Mandarin, French or German. We can also accomodate wine tastings for patrons who are gluten free, vegetarian or vegan. See below for wine tasting options.
degustation wine tasting (with food pairing) $10
the lighter side (with food pairing) $10
reserve blanc de noirs (with food pairing) $5
sweet liqueurs/wine $3
premium reds $3 ea
Knowledgable staff are on hand to discuss various aspects of the wines and vineyard operations. Our guests are able to order tastings, bottles or cases of our wines, along with gift boxes and bags, and other eclectic wine related items. We can arrange shipping of our wines to almost anywhere in the world for an additional charge.