by Clayton Smith
Majestic Fine Wine Manager

The wonderful thing about wine and food matching is that it can make a special occasion all the more special. It’s very easy to get it drastically wrong, but with a little help, choosing the right wine can make any meal memorable for the right reasons.

With several big celebrations coming up – Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and of course Easter – what a great time to stay in, cook up a storm and experiment. Better still, you don’t have to pay restaurant prices for your wine or your food. You do however, get to wash up the dishes when all is said and done.

Here are a few things to think about when choosing fine wines to accompany your food:

1. When cooking classic European cuisine, try a wine from the dish’s region of origin.

2. ‘Reds with red meat, whites with white meat and seafood’ is a huge generalisation that ought to be overlooked. Ask your local Majestic store team for guidance.

3. Don’t be put off varietals or wines you’ve never heard of. There is nothing better than unearthing a hidden gem.

BriO de Cantenac Brown 2007, Margaux New!So stay in for that special occasion and treat yourself to something extravagant, I certainly will be.

£19.99 or £18.99 when you buy 2 bottles
The second wine of this Third Growth property has a lovely intense bouquet of blueberries, blackberries, violets and a gentle lick of oak. Velvety and smooth with hints of cedar and chocolate. A very polished wine.
Food Match: Rare roasted rack of lamb with seasonal vegetables.

Pauillac de Ulysse Cazabonne 2008, Pauillac New!
£19.99 or £17.99 when you buy 2 bottles
Classic Pauillac nose! Cassis, lead pencil, eucalyptus, mint and cedary French oak aromas leap out of the glass. Silky smooth, it possesses wonderful concentration and purity with fine-grained tannins. Drink any time over the next five years.
Food Match: Fillet mignon with creamed potatoes and seasonal greens.

Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2010, Séguinot-Bordet New!
£19.99 or £17.99 when you buy 2 bottles
From one of Chablis’ most respected Premier Cru climats, revealing intense stone fruit and citrus flavours with minerals, hints of smoke and a whiff of oak. Wonderfully textured with fabulously intense flavours, great purity and a minerally finish.
Food Match: Oysters au natural. (No cooking required. What could be simpler?)

Any more questions about pairing food with fine wines? Just email Adrian and I at or call us on 020 7604 3143
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