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Which Wine When – Wine recommendations for everyday meals

Everyone is eating and drinking exclusively at home now, but without the help of a knowlegeable waiter or sommelier, choosing the right wine for your meal can be a bit overwhelming. In their new book, Which Wine When, Bert Blaize & Claire Strickett share the best wines to drink with the foods you love and… View Article

Everyone is eating and drinking exclusively at home now, but without the help of a knowlegeable waiter or sommelier, choosing the right wine for your meal can be a bit overwhelming.

In their new book, Which Wine When, Bert Blaize & Claire Strickett share the best wines to drink with the foods you love and we are lucky enough to have 2 delicious wine recommendations for you today.

Which Wine When is a book for everyone who finds themselves struggling to pick a bottle of wine to drink with dinner based on anything more than a pretty label, a special offer or a vague memory.

Their recommendations give you the knowledge and confidence you need to decide which wine will be the ideal companion to whatever you’re about to cook and eat.

It doesn’t assume you know much about wine, have a big budget or hang out in trendy wine stores. It just assumes you’re a greedy person who wants to know more about which wine to drink when but doesn’t know where to start.

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Plenty of people wish they knew more about wine, but it can be daunting. But thinking about what you’re going to have for dinner? That’s something we all do regularly. By talking you through which wines to choose for different types of food, the authors of Which Wine When hope that you will get to grips with wine – almost without realising you’re doing it.

Thai Green Curry + Off-Dry Pinot Gris

WHAT’S THE WINE?

A white wine made from the Pinot Gris grape in the Alsace region of France; for this combination, it’s important to look for one labelled ‘off-dry’.

You probably recognise the name Pinot Grigio – it’s a staple white wine grape on restaurant, bar and pub menus everywhere. Pinot Gris is the exact same grape: Pinot Grigio is its Italian name, while it’s known as Pinot Gris in French-speaking regions such as Alsace. It isn’t only the name that differs; this grape is treated so differently in Alsace to your typical Italian Pinot Grigio that the resulting wines taste worlds apart.

WHY THIS WINE?

Whether you make it with chicken, a meaty white fish or as a vegetarian or vegan version, Thai Green Curry is a fresh and fragrant dish that should properly pack a good punch of chilli. To handle that heat you need a little touch of sweetness in your wine. Not a lot – this isn’t dessert – but certainly something less t han a totally dry wine. That’s what off-dry means.

Sugar softens the impact of heat in your mouth and brings out the flavours of spicy ingredients. You won’t taste the sweetness, because the two things offset each other so well, but you would notice if your wine was completely dry – because it would taste unpleasant with the spicy food.

IF YOU CAN’T FIND THIS, GO FOR…

A wine made from the Traminer grape in northern Italy; an off-dry rosé from Provence in France, or from Italy.

IF ALL ELSE FAILS, ASK FOR…

An off-dry white or a fruity rosé.


Macaroni Cheese + Mâconnais

WHAT’S THE WINE?

A white wine from the Mâconnais, in France – which is in the south of the larger Burgundy winegrowing region. It’s made, like most of the best whites from Burgundy, using the Chardonnay grape.

WHY THIS WINE?

Whether your macaroni cheese uses Cheddar, Gruyère, Parmesan or some secret family combination that you swear by, the only rule here is the cheesier, the better. So you’ll need a wine that won’t be overpowered by that much oozy, cheesy goodness.

Nobody knows cheese like the French, so it’s no surprise that this cheesiest of dishes goes down best with a glass of French white. This is not the time for dainty wine, and a Mâconnais will have plenty of body to stand up to the delicious stodge on your plate, but also some zippy acidity – citrus flavours and fresh green apple – to bring some welcome light relief.

IF YOU CAN’T FIND THIS, GO FOR…

A Pouilly-Fuissé from France, a Yarra Valley Chardonnay from Australia, or an Elgin Chardonnay from South Africa.

IF ALL ELSE FAILS, ASK FOR…

A ripe, fruit-forward white wine with good balance and texture.

Thank you Bert and Claire! Which Wine When is out in ebook now and will be released in hardback on 13th August.

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