If there is one thing we enjoy as much as a delicious home-cooked meal, it’s the drinks that accompany it. But the thought of picking out a good wine to compliment your meal can be a daunting task! Sure, there are some basic universal rules (red wines with hearty red meats and white wine matches well with white meats and seafood) but this is just the tip of the iceberg in the world of wine. All the different flavour profiles and notes (what does it mean when it tastes flamboyant?) are enough to make you want to forget about wine all together and call it a day.
That’s why next week we’re excited to bring you wine pairings for our menu! We’ve teamed up with Wine Online to bring you suggestions for the perfect glass of wine to accompany your Chef’s Plate dinners.
Striploin Steak with Quinta de Convento Douro (2008). It’s a beautiful deep ruby-red and has a characteristic bouquet of black fruit (especially blackberry), as well as bilberries and truffles. It’s fresh and round bodied with a deliciously fruity finish.
The Jumilla Joven Wine is a wonderful mix of blackberries, elderberries and rosehips. The sweet, fruit taste with has depth sweet fruit with the black fruits tending to dominate yet fresher and lighter at the back herbal, spicy with hints of white pepper on the finish. The perfect accompaniment for the pungent Chicken Cheese Melt.
To match our Turkey Meatballs dish, is the El Meson Rioja Blanco (2014), a unique and refreshing white wine! This particular wine is produced from the Viura grape, the most widely planted white grape variety in the Rioja region in Spain. The flavour is similar to a crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. You’ll smell upfront citrus aromas with subtle floral and woody notes but once you taste it, this wine is vibrant, and smooth with a pure fruit flavour that finishes with lingering grapefruit and lime notes. The perfect match to our light pasta and hand made turkey meatballs.
Lemon Parsley Salmon with Chardonnay Central Coast (2013). This chardonnay in particular has vibrant aromas of green apple and citrus peel to compliment the lemon in the salmon. With its subtle notes of vanilla and butter that lead into a fruity finish, it’s the perfect match for seafood!
The Chianti Docg wine comes from various estate vineyards and is 90% Sangiovese blended with 5% Cabernet and 5% Merlot to create a deep red ruby wine with fresh fruit, mineral and floral aromas. The grapes used in this wine are macerated for over a week and vinified in steel or concrete vats. Red berry fruits dominate the palate with well-integrated acidity. With its beautiful balance, its the perfect wine to match the meaty mushrooms on the Chickpea Flatbread!
The 2013 Morgon Côte du Py has a vibrant and energetic nose with cranberry and pomegranate scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy tones on the entry, but grainier toward the structured back palate. There is a tangible sense of energy, with a zesty finish that lingers in the mouth – perfect with our Quinoa Jamabalaya!