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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  1. Harriette Warren

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

  2. 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)


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

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