Gone are the days when a slippery slope of rules and regulations about wine & food matching appeared hopelessly impossible to navigate. We’ve come to realise that experimentation is far more progresssive with so many possible pairings to explore. And when it comes to wine and food pairing, personal preferences are what really matters.
M&S Classics Cremant de Bourgogne Brut sparkling (£10.00) at Marks & Spencer and Welsh Rarebit. This Cremant was a Gold winner at the International Wine Challenge. The racy acidity of the sparkling is a dynamic foil to the creaminess and richness of the cheese and lifts the dish right up (making it seem just a little less dense). The ripe fruit flavours of the Cremant and the Welsh Rarebit work seamlessly so that neither overpowers the other.
Villa Wolf Gewurtraminer 2019 from the Pfalz in Germany (£11.29 was £12.55) at Mumbles Fine Wines and Thai Red Curry (with moderate spiciness) is a delicious combination. The spici-ness of the curry reduces the fruitiness of the Gewurtztraminer however as there is so much fruit, there is still plenty to go around. The curry also reduces the sweetness of the wine and makes it that bit more bracing. The Gewurztraminer has juicy ripe peach and fresh lychee fruit along with hints of roses which rises up to meet the richness of the curry.
Beronia Reserva Rioja 2016 (was £14.95 now £13.95) at Cheers Wine Merchants and Roast Welsh Lamb is another luxurious pairing. The flavours meet together and any tannin in the wine immediately appears to disap-pear as the saltiness of the lamb softens the wine. This immediately brings the flavours of the Rioja for-ward. Both are quite full flavoured and the wonderful black fruit and sweet spices such as clove, add complexity to the overall pairing.
Chateau du Seuil Cerons 2018 (50cl) at Fine Wines Direct UK from Cerons in France (£16.99 or £15.29 mix 6) and Pwdin Eva or Welsh Apple Dessert is a beautiful sweet match. The sweetness of the Pwdin Eva means that the sweetness of the Chateau du Seuil Cerons becomes perceptibly less, so this really makes it feel even more alive and racy with the fruitiness coming forward. It’s re-freshing and the acidity balances the sweetness nicely. The luscious and vibrant aromas and flavours of concentrated apricot and fresh ripe pineapple in the wine add dimension to the Pwdin Eva.