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Wine & Food Matches

Posted on 2nd August 2018 by JN Wine

Wine & Food Matches

We are continually asked what to drink with this dish and that dish.  We have put together a handy guide to help you make the most of your menu.  We are always happy to help in store as all our staff are fully trained and ready to guide you whether it is for a midweek supper or weekend banquet.



Château Lascaux Cavalier White 2017, £10.50

From an organic estate in the sunny south of France, this is quite a unique blend of Sauvignon Blanc with Viognier added to give a more rounded flavour and ripe fruitiness.   This texture and richness works perfectly with chicken.



Wolftrap White 2017 £9.50

A fantastic example of how the finished whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  This wine blends the peachy and floral Viognier, with the fresh apple of Chenin Blanc and the plump richness of Grenache Blanc with a little savoury warmth from old oak barrels to create a refreshing but textural, full bodied white wine.  It has the perfect balance of weight and freshness to complement pork and also cut through the fattiness of this meat.



Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet 2017, £9.99

Picpoul is the grape variety and Pinet is the place.  This French wine is enjoying quite a surge in popularity at the moment and it really isn’t surprising.  It’s delicate and fresh but with an enchanting subtle flavour that keeps you coming back for more.  Absolutely perfect with all kinds of seafood.



Finca Sophenia Es Vino Malbec 2017, £9.99

Contemporary and fresh. Modern and vibrant and 100% Malbec. With a supple mouthfeel, silky, sweet tannins a gentle acidity that gives it freshness with an ease of drinking.  This wine is perfect alongside steak from the BBQ and a Sunday roast.



Forrest Estate Pinot Noir 2015, £14.95

Pinot Noir is one of the most delicate red grapes and has to be treated with the utmost delicacy.  Careful handling will reward the winemaker with a soft, velvety smooth, gently perfumed and seductive wine.  New Zealand is building a great reputation for Pinot Noir and this example by the inimitable John Forrest is a great introduction to the wines of this style.  Duck with Pinot Noir is a match made in heaven.



Chateau de la Negly Domaine de Boede Pavillion 2016, £10.79

On the nose, the wine shows a great complexity with notes of red ripe fruit, raspberry, cassis and a touch of spice, black pepper and cinnamon. The palate is round and generous, tannins are silky and perfectly balanced, with notes of liquorice on a very long and elegant finish.  Somehow the flavour encapsulates the essence of the Mediterranean and the juicy freshness and soft tannins work perfectly with lamb.



Umani Ronchi Jorio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2015, £12.99

Jorio is made from the Montepulciano grape grown in the Abruzzo region of central Italy.  Montepulciano is deliciously flavoursome with ripe plum and black cherry flavour and a savoury character that makes it a wonderful food wine.  Jorio is particularly good with tomato based dishes and sauces and a great match for vegetarian dishes, particularly those with Mediterranean influences.

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