How to pair wine with food

Wine expert Henry Jeffreys provides tasting notes on our exclusive BBC Good Food Wine Club cases. Read about flavour profiles and ideas for pairing with food.

How to pair wine with food

The BBC Good Food Wine Club offers discounts on exclusively curated cases of wine, chosen by wine experts and the BBC Good Food team, for you to subscribe to or buy as a gift. Our specialist, Henry Jeffreys, provides professional tasting notes on each wine to help you match them with your favourite recipes. Want to know more? Visit our guide to the BBC Good Food Wine Club.

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Tips for choosing the best wine for your meal

Read Henry's quick and easy guides to matching wine with classic dishes: 

How to match wine with pork
How to match wine with chicken 
How to match wine with pasta
Wine and food matching: a simple infographic guide

What to eat with red wine

Case of red BBC Good Food Wine Club wines

Carravacas de Primicia Rioja 
Serve with... Moroccan lamb with apricots, almonds & mint
Lamb and Rioja is one of gastronomy’s great marriages. Normally this would be something simple like a roast leg of lamb but this wine is more versatile than that, having the fruit and the body not to be fazed by the sweet and bold flavours in this North African dish. 

Tarantella Merlot 
Serve with... margherita pizza
Yes, it’s a French grape but this Merlot from Puglia couldn’t taste more Italian if it was riding a Lambretta. It’s got that bittersweet cherry edge and gutsy tannins that make it the perfect trattoria wine. If you’re making pizza, then look no further. 

Pizza margherita

Von Reben Pinot Noir 
Serve with... chicken chasseur
Germany makes some of the best Pinot Noirs in the world. This example is refreshing uncomplicated fun and as such, it’s the kind of wine that you can drink in place of Beaujolais. So, when looking for the right dish to drink it with, think bistro classics like this chicken cooked in red wine. 

What to eat with white wine

Wine Club white case

Stellenrust Heritage Collection Bush Vine Chenin Blanc
Serve with... easy Thai prawn curry
South African Chenin Blanc is a great shellfish wine but when it has a bit more body like this one, it can take some serious spicing, too. The honeyed ginger tropical fruit character in the wine is the perfect foil to this full-flavoured Thai dish. 

Wolf Point Sauvignon Blanc 
Serve with... goat's cheese, potato & onion tart
When looking to match flavours, it’s helpful to look at where a dish comes from and then just try the local wine. Couldn’t be simpler. In this case, goat’s cheese is a classic of the Loire, so go for a Loire grape like Sauvignon Blanc, only in this case I’ve chosen one from Chile rather than France. 

Goat's cheese tart with wedge taken out

Saveur du Soleil Blanc
Serve with... summer couscous salad

The tricky element here are those slices of fried halloumi, a cheese that could overpower a lesser wine. But in this combination, the salty cheese brings out the sweeter peachy side to this southern French white. The wine turns a simple salad into a feast. 

How do I sign up to BBC Good Food Wine Club? 

To subscribe, visit to choose one of the three cases, create an account and place your order. You’ll then receive your first case within three working days. 

Until the end of March, make the most of our one-off purchase offer. Get a case of 12 comforting red wines for better than half price. The offer is exclusive to BBC Good Food and each wine has been selected to pair beautifully with comfort food such as casserole, pie and pasta. You’ll pay just £4.99 a bottle – less than half the price at which these favourites usually sell out. 

Order online or call 03300 242 855 and quote the code 1737001.


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Introductory offer – new customers (18 years or over) only. One case per household. No further discounts applicable. Free delivery (usually £7.99). Offer ends 30/09/19. Delivery within three working days (except Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands). YOUR FUTURE CASES: Every four, eight or 12 weeks, you will be notified of the next wine plan selection, which you will automatically receive unless you request otherwise. You will be charged the appropriate sum for each delivery. Unless otherwise stated, all wines contain sulphites. Visit for full terms and conditions. Laithwaite’s Wine is part of Direct Wines Ltd. Registered in England and Wales. Registered Number 1095091. One Waterside Drive, Arlington Business Park, Theale, Berkshire RG7 4SW.

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