Probably the first red wine that you drank in an Italian restaurant, Barbera goes well with tomato-based dishes and those from the North of Italy.
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A global classic, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be medium or full bodied, and is a great match to hearty dishes such as roast lamb and beef, and more complex dishes such as coq au vin.
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Going to a barbie? Take along a bottle of Gamay. It's ideal served alongside griddled veg, barbecued sardines or spicy sausages. Pop in the fridge for an hour before opening, and serve lightly chilled.
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The perfect partner to hearty and rustic dishes, game and cassoulet. Charter a couple of labradors, stalk across some windblown countryside, then come home to roast venison...
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The Argentinian favourite - Malbec is at its best as a match to grilled steak.
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Pair Merlot with your Christmas turkey or Sunday lunch of roast chicken. It also pairs well with roast duck and wintry casseroles.
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A young 'Barbaresco' will go well with a platter of cold meats, while 'Barolo' is best with richer dishes, such as braised beef.
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Right from the Southern heel of Italy, Negroamaro (literally 'bitter black') is a good match for pasta bakes and spicy sausage dishes.
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Medium bodied Pinot Noir will happily grace any Christmas dinner table - it's ideal with roast turkey and roast lamb. It's also works well with creamy, mild soft cheeses - try the cheese with rough oat cakes.
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Red Pinotage is a natural with barbecued steak and sausages - think beach parties and Southern African 'braai'.
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This largely Italian red grape partners well with rich meat sauces on pasta - or try it with a pepperoni pizza, at home or in a restaurant.
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Syrah / Shiraz
This grape produces full bodied wines that go particularly well with grilled steaks and roasted vegetables. A winter warmer.
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The bright red juicy wines from the Tempranillo grape are a perfect match to roast lamb, roasted vegetables and mushrooms, especially vegetarian main courses.
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A medium to full bodied wine, Zin goes well with sautéed field mushrooms or heartier dishes such as roast venison.
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White wine is more your thing? Check our guide on matching white wine with food.