How do the truffles taste?
It is not easy to say which is the flavor of a truffle, and this is due to the number of flavors and aromas that this food offers, there are more than 100 different types of truffles, and each type has its own flavor, its own aroma, its color and also in the appearance can be different.
The most coveted are black, white and summer truffles, the white ones are pleasant and delicate, their smell and taste is a combination of garlic with fermented cheese and methane gas, and they have a presence of light spices.
The black has more than 50 compounds, and it has fruit aroma like strawberry, also banana, caramel, mushroom, leather, corn, butter, and even olive tree, the aromas, and flavors of these are like the best wines, they have something that makes them magical, unique and unmatched and delicate bitter, spicy, hazelnut, crunchy and granular.
Summer truffles have aromas and flavors of cabbage, leather, butter, cheese, and potatoes.
The most important value of this culinary delight is their extraordinary aroma, which is very intense, delicate, long-lasting, and very subtle, provided by their variety in aromatic molecules, of their taste, although less pronounced than the aroma, is the most characteristic of them.
This food has a consistent texture, somewhat brittle and earthy, which when cooked changes, its consistency becomes somewhat crisp when applied heat directly acquires a deliciously oily texture.
their flesh is firm and compact, and when it is seasoned it is softer and becomes more rubbery, acquiring a sour taste and a strong smell similar to that of shellfish.
Why does wine combine with truffles?
Between them and the wine, there is a harmony that we could call romantic, the perfect wine pairing, is achieved because the truffle contains enzymes that participate to produce aromatic molecules that contain sulfur, the volatile compounds with sulfur that are part of the aroma of the truffle as thiols, which are the same molecules that are produced during the fermentation of wines.
Between truffles and wine, there is a harmony that we could call romantic, the truffle contains enzymes that participate to produce aromatic molecules containing sulfur, the volatile compounds with sulfur that are part of the aroma of the truffle-like thiols, which are of the same molecules that are produced during the fermentation of wines.
Among the compounds with sulfur in this type of wine is dimethyl sulfate, which is also present in the truffle, combining with the fruity notes of the wines, enhancing an aromatic synergy between the two flavors.
All the wines, even though in taste and style they are far from each other, share their aromatic molecules with the truffle, that is why they are the best choice to create an excellent aromatic pairing between truffles and wines.
How do you combine black truffles with white/sparkling/red wine?
The white wine that has a touch of oak goes very well with a creamy black truffle sauce, those that have a creamy character, with a touch of lemon combined also with the richness of the dish, if what you are looking for is harmony between truffle and wine the best option are the glyceric white wines, fermented in barrels and with mineral expression.
Sparkling wines, such as Champagne or Cava, aged, have the body, the intensity of flavor, and the acidity to accompany a black truffle dish.
If you are looking to enhance the aroma and flavor, then the best choice is a delicate and perfumed red wine of maturity, the power is obtained with red wine that has extract and density.
How do you combine white truffles with white/sparkling/red wine?
A pairing with white wines to perfection, for its fine aroma and the earthiness of this fungus, the basic idea to highlight the flavor of this type of truffle, is to select a wine that has an excellent structure and good intensity of aroma, which is sapid and mineral.
Chardonnays, Burgundies, and Champagnes are the most recommended by truffle experts to combine with the fine and elegant aroma of white truffles.
This delicate aroma does not fit with red wines, because they are very tannic and very intense for the delicacy of these truffles, apart from the fact that the dishes with which this type of truffle is usually combined, such as rice, eggs, pasta, etc., fit more towards white wines.