Goat’s Cheese Tart, Salad and Albariño

Albariño Rias Baixas 2015 Albariño is a grape I associate with easy, relaxed drinking. In my experience people tend to buy Pinot Grigio as a non- food wine but I think that you get more flavours and style for your money with Albariño than you do from Pinot Grigio.  In my opinion, Albariño holds its…

Musaka with Macedonian Vranec Syrah Petit Verdot

Stobi, Vranec Syrah Petit Verdot I have just discovered Macedonia as a country that produces wine and it so exciting not only to discover a new wine but also to learn about new grape varieties, Vranec and Petit Verdot. This wine is gorgeous. When you pour it into the glass the dark ruby colour alone…

Shiraz error with chilli. The Hedonist 2015 Shiraz McLaren Vale

I was looking for a Shiraz to pair with meat chilli and headed for Waitrose, my nearest supermarket. I chose Shiraz because although it is fruit driven it tends to be more spice than fruit and is a good match for foods with strong flavours such as: charred lamb or beef cooked on the BBQ,  spiced lamb kebabs cooked under a…

Portuguese Agenda 2014 Dao with Barnsley lamb chops

Agenda 2014 Dao Before buying this wine, I had been thinking about exploring the wines of Portugal. The only wine I had tried from Portugal is Porta 6, which is an easy drinking red. However, I was looking for a food wine from Portugal and I am very pleased with the one chose. It is…

Wine that doesn’t match up

There is nothing more annoying than when you prepare food to match ‘expert’ tasting notes and the match is poor.

Fish, chicken and salad. Gavi 2015, La Toledana

Gavi wine is made from the cortese grape grown in the Piemonte region of North West Italy. The wines of Gavi are crisp and floral and the ones I prefer have overtones of peach and are a little aromatic. Gavi is best enjoyed young but it can be a hit and miss affair. It needs…

Sardines or salmon with Riesling

Peter Lehman Riesling 2015, Eden Valley I bought this Riesling wine because I drank Riesling when I was a student in the 1980s. It was a nostalgic buy and I really didn’t know what to expect. In those days, I drank Riesling from Germany and it was medium sweet and cheap. I saw this Riesling in the wines from…

This pinot gris caught my eye. Try it with salmon!

Pinot Gris – Black Cottage 2016 Marlborough As I was leaving Majestic in December this £9.99 bottle of wine caught my eye and I went back to purchase it before leaving. Although Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are made from the same grape, Pinot Gris is a better partner for food. For me, the nose is all pear. I couldn’t…