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 bbcgoodfood.com recipes. Want to know more? Visit our guide to the BBC Good Food Wine Club.

Sign up to the BBC Good Food Wine Club today.

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

Ermita de San Lorenzo Gran Reserva, Campo de Borja 2011
Serve with... roasted vegetable lasagne
Mainly Grenache with a little Cabernet Sauvignon, this Spanish red is mellow and spicy but most importantly, it’s chock full of sweet fruit, just the thing with the melty sweetness of roasted vegetables.

Vinha do Fava Touriga Nacional, Península de Setúbal, 2017
Serve with... Greek roast lamb
The Portuguese variety Touriga Nacional with its wild rosemary scent is custom built for roast lamb cooked with herbs and those ripe tannins  would relish meat served a little on the pink side.

Greek roast lamb on a wooden board
Château Haut Pourjac, Bordeaux 2016
Serve with... beef bourguignon
It is slightly heretical having Bordeaux with Boeuf Bourguignon but this example made mainly from Merlot with a little Cabernet Sauvignon is so soft and fruity that there’s something almost a bit Burgundian about it. 


What to eat with white wine

Wine Club white case
Casa de Vila Verde, Vinho Verde 2017
Serve with... smoky hake with beans
Hake, especially cooked with chorizo, is an Iberian speciality, so go for something either Portuguese or Spanish. This delightfully fresh Vinho Verde from Northern Portugal fits the bill perfectly.

Alambrado Gran Seleccion Chardonnay, Mendoza 2017
Serve with... quiche Lorraine
All that cheese, cream, eggs and bacon makes this a very rich dish so you don’t want your wine to be too heavy. This Argentine Chardonnay is ideal with its fresh citrus flavours and the lick of oak at the end chimes perfectly with the creaminess of the quiche.

Quiche Lorraine with slice cut out

Flor de San Martin Garnacha Blanca, Navarra 2017 
Serve with... couscous salad
Grenache Blanc is big in southern France but it’s originally a Spanish variety, Garnacha Blanca. It has a distinctly herbal quality that compliments the mint, lemon and salty cheese in this North-African inspired salad.

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

To subscribe, visit bbcgoodfoodwineclub.com 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 X5V1C.

 

Terms and conditions 
Introductory offer – new customers (18 years or over) only. One case per household. No further discounts applicable. Free delivery (usually £7.99). Offer ends 31/03/19. 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 bbcgoodfoodwineclub.com 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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