Match food with wine

    Opinion wavers on clear rights and wrongs when it comes to food and wine matching, but certain flavours bring out the best in each other. Use our guide as a rule of thumb, but most of all, enjoy the wine you drink.

    Roast sirloin of beef & Port gravyBeef - roast or stew

    Go for a medium or full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Cabernet Sauvignon also goes well with...

    Muffin-topped winter beef stew
    Beef pie with crisp potato crust
    Beef fillet with beetroot & horseradish


    Lemon & thyme roast chickenChicken - roast or casserole

    Chardonnay is an ideal match for roast chicken (and turkey), or if you'd prefer a red, try a Merlot. If the casserole sauce is creamy, try Colombard.

    Why not try with...

    Roast chicken & sticky carrots
    Chicken casserole with red wine, ham & peppers

    No-fry Thai curryCurry - light, fresh

    Curries can be hard to match, depending on their spices and flavours. A chicken korma or Thai green curry goes well with a young 'New World' Riesling.

    Goes well with...

    Thai chicken curry
    Light chicken korma
    No fry Thai curry


    Kerala prawn curryCurry - spicy

    A dry Gewürztraminer is your best bet with spicier curries or baltis.

    Goes well with...

    Spiced vegetable biryani
    Kerala prawn curry
    Indian spice box chicken


    Blackberry creme bruleeFruit -tarts and puddings

    Fruit tarts - think appley tart tatin or a clafoutis - go best with sweet Muscat and Gewürztraminer wines.

    Enjoy them with...

    Forest fruits clafoutis
    Tart tatin with brandy cream
    Blackberry créme brûlée

    Cheese and bacon lasagneLasagne

    Wines made from the Barbera grape go really well with tomato-based dishes, in fact, many dishes from the Northern Italian regions.

    Goes well with...

    Fresh lasagne with pesto
    Veggie lasagne
    Pork and rosemary lasagne

    MushroomsOpen lasagne with mushrooms and olives

    Mushroom dishes, especially vegetarian main courses, go well with Tempranillo. Or, if sautéed field mushrooms are on the menu, you could try a Zinfandel.

    Why not try with...

    Open lasagne of mushrooms & olives
    Pan-fried chicken in mushroom sauce
    Cream of cauliflower soup with sautéed wild mushrooms


    Linguine with prawnsShellfish

    Albariño is the wine for the simplest freshest shellfish, especially prawns and langoustines; as well as raw oysters, mussels and clams (vongole).

    Enjoy it with...

    Speedy spaghetti with clams
    Creamy spiced mussels
    Spaghetti with prawns, chilli & rocket

    Comments, questions and tips

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    19th Jul, 2013
    The wine to use can usually be determined by the sauce. i.e a tomato based sauce for chicken rules out the usual white wines. Please break-down by sauce rather than the meat content.
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