Monthly Archives: February 2013

Small change, big flavour

On Sunday I picked up a bottle of Asda Extra Special Dão 2010 to go with our baked gammon. Often when we think of Portugal, port springs to mind as the signature tipple, but this full bodied red certainly puts wine from the regions of this beautiful country on my radar.

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A blend of three local grape varieties – touriga nacional, tinta roriz and jaen – this full bodied, rich and enticing wine is the perfect match for your Sunday roast ham. With spiced cherry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, plus a hint of vanilla oak, it’s a steal at £6.49 (even more so at the discounted price of £5) and another red from the Extra Special range that makes Asda’s wine aisle well worth a visit!

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Wine and pancakes?!

I’ve always thought that pancakes are a bit of a weird one to pair wine with (a bit like soup!) but here are my top choices if you plan on making them a regular part of your diet. That or keep them in mind for next year…

Savoury – ham and mushroom

Go for a dry white here such as this Gavi from the Tesco Finest range. Made from the Cortese grape in Piedmont, Italy, this crisp wine has all of the citrus characters you’d expect plus a slightly nutty edge.

Classic – sugar and lemon

This traditional combo is crying out for a racy German Riesling. With flavours of ripe lemon and peach, plus the perfect balance between sweetness and acidity, Dr Loosen’s Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett, available from Sainsbury’s, is the ideal choice.

Indulgent – chocolate sauce and banana
An indulgent pancake deserves an equally luscious wine and for me it has to be port. Taylor’s 10 year old Tawny has delicious notes of dried fruit and chocolate and is rich without being cloying.

Whatever the match, I hope you’ve eaten your fill of pancakes today. I’ve scoffed so many, I’m considering giving them up for lent!

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Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2011

Having sat my WSET Advanced exam this morning, I definitely felt that I deserved a glass of wine with my dinner. Alongside a simple Monday night supper of Thai chicken salad, this German Pinot Gris was just the ticket.

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Available from award winning wine merchant Corks Out for £9.75, this full bodied white with flavours of ripe apricot has an off dry palate making it the perfect match to dishes with a hint of spice. Alternatively, try it with a vegetable tart such as this one from Michel Roux which made my mouth water on BBC Food and Drink this evening!

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