IDEAL FOOD TO COMBINE WITH YOUR RED WINE
& COOKING ARTICLE
wine to food is a real art. A peppery red wine might work
with a curry, for example, or something with aromatic
plum flavours could suit roast duck. There are lots
of great wine deals around, so here are some food choices
to help you make the most of your red wine.
The pairing of red wine and red meat is an obvious one
to start with, but which wines work well with which meats?
Rich, unctuous stews such as those made with oxtail, or
even better, ox cheeks, beg for a rich, robust and spicy
red to go with them. A good Cabernet Sauvignon or a belter
of a Shiraz will easily stand up to the bold beefy flavour
of the stew. Something a little softer, such as a Merlot
or Tempranillo might be better for lamb, whether it's slow-roasted
shoulder or fast-roasted leg. They'll match well with the
rosemary and garlic that you might have used to flavour
the lamb, and will cleanse the palate in between each forkful.
Don't think that red wine can't make a good partner for
white meat though - it can. A really good, well-flavoured
organic chicken or guinea
fowl will taste almost gamy, especially in a pot-roast,
and will cry out for a light red such as Pinot Noir or Pinotage
to accentuate that gaminess. Similarly, a lighter red will
cut against the fattiness of slow-roasted pork belly, refreshing
FishSticking with light- to medium-bodied reds, Grenache
and Valpolicella are both good with oily or smoked fish
such as tuna, salmon and mackerel. All of these fish have
bold flavours that will complement a red wine. The only
exception might be smoked haddock, which is a better partner
for white wine.
Pasta and vegetable dishes
Pasta dishes, particularly those with tomato sauces, and
roasted vegetables such as aubergines, courgettes and roots,
all have an affinity with red wines. Try Chianti with tomato
dishes, and any light to medium red with vegetables.
Classically, big-flavoured wines like Cabernet Sauvignon
are served with strong Cheddars and Stiltons. Many studies
suggest that a lighter wine such as Pint Noir can work well
with creamy soft cheeses such as Camembert.
Ultimately, your own taste-buds will be your best guide.
Find some good wine deals, experiment, and see what works
best for you.
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