We are all different, which means that our tastes are also different. It works in all directions, but if we talk about food preferences, for example, then each person has his own - albeit extremely strange - favorite combination. Are you sure that it is impossible to drink smoked squid with a milkshake? Believe me, there are amateurs for this.
But among the flavor combinations that seem ideal to us, there are those that are more or less liked by everyone. Fresh bread with butter. Pasta with tomato sauce. Wine with different types of cheese. The latter option, by the way, also has a completely scientific justification, since wine causes dry mouth, and cheese provides the necessary "hydration".
It turns out that wine and cheese on the menus of many restaurants are no coincidence. Research shows that the classic combination of astringent wine and fatty cheese allows for optimal mouthfeel by balancing the mouth.
In the video with the telling title "Why does wine cause dry mouth?" MinuteEarth experts explain that the dry feeling is due to the tannin content of the wine. Tannins are naturally occurring polyphenols that can be found in plants, seeds, bark, wood, leaves and fruit skins. Wine tannins are most commonly found in red wines, but their presence cannot be ruled out in white wines, where they go as a result of aging in barrels.
The increased amount of tannins after a couple of glasses of wine makes the proteins in the saliva stick together, causing a rough sensation on the tongue. However, the connections between tannins and proteins are temporary, so that when new saliva is produced, the usual sensations will be restored.
Instead of waiting for new saliva to appear, you can accompany the wine with a snack that has enough protein to form bonds with tannins. A 2012 study published in the journal Cell suggests drinking wine exclusively with cheese, as its fat content is ideal for coping with wine dryness.
Scientists are confident that new research on the topic will help understand why our perception of food changes when we combine it with something right. Perhaps this is why the cucumbers in burgers do not seem too salty, green tea is great with rolls, and olive oil with balsamic vinegar is considered the most delicious dressing for vegetable salads.