Food & Wine Matching

There’s one thing better than a perfect glass of wine – and that’s a perfect glass of wine with exactly the right kind of food. Seriously, when you get the flavour combination right, everything tastes better. A simple omelette is anything but when put with a glass of chilled Chablis. Fish and chips and a shared bottle of Blanc de Blancs Champagne is a thing of beauty. And a bog standard Spag Bol is transformed when there’s a glass of Barbera within reach. So, how do you know what to put with what? Well, a simple trick is to think of the wine as a sauce; try and match the weight of the food with a wine of similar weight. Do that and the flavours will work together, rather than fight like tired siblings.

I’ve picked out five wines from the Tesco Finest* range this week and matched each one to a plate of food to give you an idea of what grapes work well with different dishes. Click on the wine reviews below to see them. And if you have any questions about specific matches, just let me know.

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Current sparkling in the fridge: Tesco finest* Valdobbiadene Prosecco

Price: £10.00 - Buy From Tesco

This is so much better than your average Prosecco. Made from vineyards in the Valdobbiadene region, the fruit is fresh and bright, with gorgeous pear and white peach flavours. All this really needs is a plate of nibbles, ideally antipasti – cured meats, little chunks of parmesan or pecorino, tiny green olives, breadsticks. Delicious.

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Current white in the fridge: Tesco Finest* Tingleup Riesling

Price: £8.00 - Buy From Tesco

From Western Australia, this is a brace-yourself kind of wine. Full of racy lime and grapefruit flavours, it’ll shake up the taste buds and make the mouth water, ready for food. Those bright citrus flavours are best matched with similar clean, fresh dishes like simple grilled fish or big, herby salads. Roasted vegetables are brilliant with this kind of dry Riesling, too.

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Current white in the fridge: Tesco Finest* Alsace Gewurztraminer

Price: £8.00 - Buy From Tesco

Not a shy wine, it’s like lychees and rose petals in a glass. Brilliantly expressive, this fancy French white from Alsace is desperate to be put with something equally exotic flavour-wise. Anything Chinese in flavour is a classic match but I love it with something coconut-y, like Thai red curry.

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Current red in rack: Tesco Finest* The Trilogy Malbec

Price: £11 - Buy From Tesco

Made by the Catena family, one of the best producers in Argentina, this is everything you could wish for in an Argentinian Malbec. Big, bold and rich with warm plum and spice, it has to be eaten with a juicy steak by law. OK, made that last bit up but seriously, it’s the best match.

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Current red in the rack: Tesco Finest* Vina del Cura Rioja Gran Reserva

Price: £10.00 - Buy From Tesco

To get a wine this well made, and aged for so long, for a tenner? Honestly, it’s a steal. Made from the Tempranillo grape by respected producer Baron de Ley, it’s smoky, oaky and smooth with mellow dark cherry fruit flavours. Put a leg of lamb in the oven, covered in foil, and slow cook it for four hours. The mellowness of the wine matches that same mellow flavour of the meat beautifully. Definitely worth the wait.


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  • Harriette Warren
    5 years ago

    Perfect timing to receive the blog update email… as I am doing my Tesco online shop! Thank you xxx

    • Helen McGinn
      5 years ago

      Pleasure! Glad to hear it helped x

  • 5 years ago

    Hi Helen, hope you are well.

    I couldn’t agree more about pairing the right wine with the right food but it’s so easy to get it wrong. Just try drinking a tannic red with oily fish or even with a sweet pudding (seen lots of people doing this).

    I can vouch for most of the wines you mentioned above with a special mention for the Vin del Cura (formally Vina Mara) which is still one of my favourite affordable high street Riojas, still have a couple of the Gran Reserva 2004 vintage and the excellent 2007 Reserva)


    • Helen McGinn
      5 years ago

      Thanks Dave, remember that 2004 Rioja well! Wonderful wine (and amazing value!).

  • 5 years ago

    Oh, that Rioja does sound fabulous! One for the brother to acquire, I think.

    • Helen McGinn
      5 years ago

      Good thinking, Vinogirl.

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