A great match of wine and food makes both more enjoyable. Victoria Masterman, Manager of Majestic Wine Edinburgh, Comiston Road, selects the perfect wines for you to try with three autumnal game dishes.
With a dark meat like pheasant, you need a wine to complement the richness but not overwhelm the delicate flavour. I’ve picked a white Burgundy and a Spanish red – both rich but with a smooth and soft finish.
Viré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes 2007/08, Christophe Cordier, France
(£12.99 or £11.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)
A full-bodied Chardonnay from an up-and-coming part of Burgundy, this has tropical fruit aromas, subtle oak, apricots and peaches on the palate and a long finish.
Fuentespina Granate 2007, Ribera del Duero, Spain
(£7.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)
From a region to rival Rioja, this Tempranillo has red fruits, blackberries and spice on the nose. The palate adds a hint of new oak, with firm tannins that soften on the finish.
It’s not easy to find wines to go with the variety of rich flavours to stand up to all those different meats. They’ll need to have some backbone and also offer diverse flavours themselves, which is why I’ve gone for an Italian red.
Sacravite Aglianico 2007, D’Angelo, Italy
(£9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)
The Basilicata area of Southern Italy only produces a relatively small amount of rich, powerful wines. With a mountain of aromas and flavours – stewed fruits, plums, black cherries and a wonderful bitter chocolate finish – this is no exception.
The southern French red I’ve selected has all the body, weight and fruit needed to match the richness and heaviness of venison.
Domaine Haut-Lirou 2008, Pic Saint-Loup, France
(£8.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles*)
A Syrah, Mouvedre and Grenache blend from the Languedoc that offers plenty of jammy fruits on the nose, black pepper and spice on the palate and a long finish.
How do our matches measure up?
We’ve given you a couple of wine choices with each dish so you can compare the different qualities of the different combinations. We’d love to hear how you get on with these matches – and we’re keen to find out what other foods or wines you’d like to see paired up. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions, or just ask the staff at your local Majestic store.
* All prices valid until 29th October 2009