The Perfect Wine

The Food and Wine Pairing Guide for Everyone

The Food

The Style

The Wine

Olives, Tapas and Canapes

Young light and fruity wines of any colour

Unwooded Chardonnay, Prosecco Albarino, Chablis, Navara Rose

Tomato Based Pizza & Pasta

Red or white with hight acidity and full flavour but medium to light bodied

Barbera, Corvina, Lambrusco, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese

Mediterranean (salty, oily dishes)

Wines with good level of Acidity

Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, Cotes de

Provence

Spicy Foods – Indian or Mexican cuisine

Wine white, Reds with low tanins, floral fruity flavours

Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Boujouais Village, off dry rose

Asian Cuisine (umami)

Grüner Veltiner, Riesling, Indian Sauvignon Blanc, Boujolais, Pinot Noir

Cream Soups

High acidity fruity white wines

Sauvignon Blanc from the New world

Heavy Vegetable Soups

Lighter Red Wine and medium white wines

Lighter Shiraz blends, Cincault, Chardonnay unoaked

Roast Ham or Pork

Lighter bodied red wine and fuller bodied white wines, White wine with oak

Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Rose Cote de Provence, Beaujolais, Dolcetto from Italy

Chicken (Roast or BBQ) Turkey

Chardonnay, Torrontes Argentina, Dry Rose, low tannin wines

Barbeque Ribs & Chicken

Quaffable daily drinking medium red and white wines…. anything!!

Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cote du Rhone, Carmenère, simple fruity Malbecs and Torrontez

Lamb Chop/ Steaks, BBQ

Medium bodied red wines with higher acidity

Pinotage Bordeaux and Bordeaux Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, New World Pinot Noir, Chianti Classico,

Beef – Flame Grilled Steak, BBQ

Bold full bodied red wines

Malbec (preferably from Mendoza in Argentina) Pinotage, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah

and Amarone

Fried Foods

Red and White wines with high acidity and full fruit flavour of red and black berry

Sparkling Wines such as: Cava, Champagne, Crémant, Moscato d’ Asti, Prosecco

Fish: Poached, Grilled or Sautéed; Crab or Lobster

Elegant white with delicate flavours and acidity balance

Chardonnay (Chablis), Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Soave, Verdejo

Fish or Shellfish dishes in Cream sauces, Fish Stews

Higher acidity fuller bodied white wines and soft spice notes or low tannin red wines

Riesling, Soave, Chardonnay (Chablis), Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir

Stews, Beef Bourguignon, Pot Roast (see Fish Stew)

Full bodied red wines

Bordeaux and Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Merlot

Salads

White wine or Rose with fruity flavours and soft acidity

Chenin Blanc, French Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc

Cheese (see detail in text below)

Red or Whit wine with fuller body and higher acidity

Big Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay,

Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc, Port

Desserts

Desert must be sweeter than the wine

Any Sweet or Sparkling Wine

Summer Spring and the BBQ

What Wine?

😎 Summer and the beach and BBQ are beckoning. For those of us who don’t care for beer, what wines are ideal for some sun-drenched fun?

😎 Wine must have a robust taste to stand up to the strong tastes of BBQ’ed food.

😎 BBQs foods tend to be oily or greasy so the wine must have sufficient acidity to cut through the fattiness of the food, cleaning the palette and enhancing your to enjoyment of the wine.

😎 Alcohol levels should be lower to deal with drinking in the sun, which can make the effects more noticeable. (Plus, it’s easy to have one or two too many at a barbecue.)

😎 Red wine can be slightly chilled to about 19 deg C, which makes it a bit more refreshing on a hot day. Place the wine in the fridge for about 30 minutes prior to serving.​​​​

😎 Both White and Rose wine can be well chilled to about 4 to 6 deg C (normal fridge temperature). These days it is completely acceptable to drop a block of ice into your glass of rose or white wine (even Red!). This will keep it cooler and server to dilute it slightly thus reducing your actual wine consumption.

💡 Tip: If you add a little carbonated (soda) water to your white or rose wine, your “Spritzer” is a refreshing and a lower alcohol drink. Great for the hot day around the BBQ.

Cheese and Wine Pairing made simple?

🧀 Cheese-and-wine events are slowly reappearing, but this time with a little more sophistication. Thanks to newly refined tastes and an appreciation for culinary diversity, we are more specific in our choices of cheeses and wines. With careful menu design, you can create a sensory extravaganza through the fine arts of wines and cheese.

🧀 Choose 3 to 4 cheeses at most. If possible, stick to a single region for your cheeses and your wines. Generally, each cheese is matched with a single wine, so choose carefully and try to match region to region.

🧀 Contrary to popular belief, many wines are not good partners to certain cheeses. Follow these guidelines for optimal pairings:

🧀 Sweeter or fruitier wines are a safer choice and tannic wines which tend to deliver a metallic taste if mismatched.

🧀 Harder cheeses are more wine friendly.

🧀 Pinot Noir is the most cheese friendly of the reds.

🧀 Off dry Riesling is the most cheese friendly of the whites.

So, at your next cheese-and-wine party, serve…

🧀 A medium to ripe Brie or a mild English cheddar with a De Grendel MCC Brut NV or a beautiful Mary Le Bow Viognier.

🧀 An Edam with our very own Boundary Hut Pinot Noir.

🧀 A blue-veined Stilton, a delicious Gouda or the ever-popular Bel Paese with a luxurious Austrian Erwin Tinhof Beerenausleseor or the Jordan "Real McCoy" dry Riesling.

🧀 A herbed Goats Milk cheese or Bousin with a delicious Bruce Jack Sauvignon Blanc Reserve.

🧀 Shavings of Parmigiano or chunks of Mozzarella with our Castellari Bergaglio Gavi Salluvii or Primitivo Caleo do this your guests will be blown away.

Don’t be shy to guide your guests know as to which wines are meant for which cheeses, it will be worth it!

Food and Wine Secrets

It may be a somewhat traditional view, but the de facto rule of thumb is that white wine should be matched with white meat and red wine with red meat. This view is reflective of the wine styles of several decades ago, when white wines were nearly always lighter, fruity and crisp, and red wines nearly always heavy and tannic. The tannins in the reds helped tenderise the meats and the whites were considered light enough to complement, not overpower, the more subtle and gentle flavours of the chicken and fish dishes. The tartness and citrus-y elements of white wines naturally accentuated the buttery, delicate tastes of poultry and seafood, while the robust, savoury profile of red wines makes the hearty flavours of beef and pork stand out.

The second rule of thumb is the traditional service sequence of tastes and styles. Ideally, one should start with the driest of the wines and end with the most fruity and sweet. Views have changed, however, and today the most important thing is that wines are matched on a style-for-style basis.

For example, a barbequed spicy chicken served with ratatouille and potato-bake will work beautifully with South African Shiraz or the lighter Rioja. If you take out the barbeque and keep the spices, your wine selection could change to a crisp Viognier or a Gewürztraminer or even an off-dry German Riesling.

Today, a better way to match your dish with the most appropriate wines is to match styles and taste-sensation dominances:

Match fatty or oily foods such as oily fish, Parma Ham, heavier cream cheeses, pâté and some lamb dishes with crisp (high acidity) dry wines.

Match heavier red meat dishes, particularly those meats that would normally be regarded as tough with the more tannic red wines such as a younger Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Bordeaux or a Barbaresco or Barolo from Piedmont.

Sweet foods go well with sweet wines, but it is important that the wine is as sweet or sweeter than the food, or else the wine will taste tart and acidic.

Ensure that the wine equals the “weight” and richness of the food.​​​​​​​

Salty foods are given a lift by adding sweetness to the wine selection. Well-known examples are Sauternes (Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend from the Bordeaux Region) and Roquefort Cheese (or a sauce made from stronger, bigger Roqueforti); Stilton and Ports are a must-have around Christmas time.

When choosing the dish to go with your wine, consider the origin of the wines as an important guide. If you are planning to serve a wonderful Rioja Reserva, investigate the foods typical of the Rioja region. Examples in this case are Tapas. Beef Bourguignon is a sure thing with a good Burgandian Pinot Noir, or big Osso Buco will work fabulously with a beautifully balanced Chianti or Sangiovese.

In most cases, you will find the matching easiest if you match regional foods with their wines. This is particularly true for continental wines and dishes. When making a sauce or a saucy meal such as a casserole, select your wine and then sip a little of the wine before tasting the food and making any final adjustments to the flavour.