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Wine Match with Fish Pie

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014

I’ve recently added a new dish to my (slightly limited) repertoire – fish pie, and it’s become a firm favourite. I’ve been using a bit a mish-mash of the following two recipes here and here with some very tasty results. So what to match with this indulgent comfort food? My first choice is Domaine Maratray Dubreuil Pernand Vergelesses at £22 – if you are going to be indulgent, go big or go home. This is also happens to be my favourite wine in the shop.  It is a big, round, rich Chardonnay, with notes of smoky roast chicken, cheese and herbs. The weighty acts as an excellent complement to the mash and creamy sauce, and the smoked fish, parsley and fennel notes...

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Special Six for Easter

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014

Looking for the perfect wines to match to your Easter celebrations? We have put together a case of six top quality wines that are a perfect match to the foods of the season, from chocolate through to lamb.   Special Six for Easter £100   Charles Mignon Premium Reserve, Champagne With notes of brioche, grapefruit and sherbet, this Champagne is always a success paired with chocolate, but is just as good drunk alone. Domaine Dutarte Sancerre, Loire Valley Zingy and fresh, with notes of gooseberry, freshly cut grass, lime and elderflower, with a crisp and lean palate. This would work particularly well with asparagus or goats cheese dishes. Spinyback Pinot Gris, New...

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The Spring Case

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014

A full case of twelve wines, perfect for enjoying this spring, come rain or shine. The Spring Case   £120   Botter Prosecco Spumante, Italy Refreshing and fruity, with apple and pear notes. Lovely sparkling for any occasion Sinson Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley Dry and crisp, with notes of freshly cut grass, gooseberry and lime. Great with salmon. Adega de Moncao, Vinho Verde, Portugal Tropical fruits, citrus, and a slight tingle on the tongue – as fresh as spring itself. L’Espinose Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur Lie, France. Muscadet is a Loire classic, a lean, crisp style packed with citrus, chalky mineral notes, that is perfect with...

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The Spring Six

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014

The Spring Six case – a selection of wines that are perfect for enjoying this spring and Easter. The cases are all made up and ready to go, and even include brief tasting notes.     Spring Six   £60   Botter Prosecco Spumante, Italy Refreshing and fruity, with apple and pear notes. Sinson Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, Loire Valley Dry and crisp, with notes of freshly cut grass, gooseberry and lime. Great with salmon. Adega de Moncao, Vinho Verde, Portugal Tropical fruits, citrus, and a slight tingle on the tongue – as fresh as spring itself. Il Medaglione Primitivo, Italy Soft notes of cherry, blueberry and hints of vanilla, with a smooth velvety...

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Wine and Chocolate …. Take 3

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014

The concept initially sounds good. Love chocolate, love wine, put them together = Love both surely? Not always the case. The truth is, the two can’t just be thrown together. Both chocolate and (red) wine contain a fair amount of tannin, that drying sensation you get when you drink a big red that makes your cheeks feel like they’re being sucked in to the back of your mouth, or something along those lines. Get the wrong match, and you end up with a wine that has lost a lot of its fruit and a chocolate tasting nowhere near as good as it did before it met its wine match. It is in fact a pretty tricky match, and for me, with this being my third tasting, it is...

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