In case you weren’t aware, it was International Merlot day on Tuesday. And while most people seemed to overlook this special event entirely (supposedly there was something else important happening across the pond), we were busy trying to figure out which of our wines worked best with a selection of our most popular meals. After sampling countless wines and dishes (and taking several spontaneous naps), we think we’ve managed to narrow it down to a shortlist of our favourite pairings.
(P.S we’ve been told that some of the events over the past week could be eased with a glass of wine. All the more reason to get involved!)
Le Focaie Sangiovese – Sangiovese is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy, with good reason. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months, this wine is given plenty of time to develop the distinctive berry taste and deep red colour it is famed for.
Best served With – Tony Macaroni Pizza
We don’t attach our name to a dish unless we’re really proud of it, and that’s exactly how we feel about our Tony Macaroni pizza. Topped with red peppers and Italian sausage, every delicious slice will be amplified when accompanied with our specially selected wine.
Chianti Classico – Although we’re including another wine made with Sangiovese grapes in our selection, the Chianti Classico has an entirely different array of tastes and colours on offer. Because the wine is aged in Slovakian oak casks (you won’t find them in Ikea) for a year, then for a further 3 months in the bottle, it has fantastically earthy notes with bursts of ripe cherry.
Best Served With – Pulled pork burger
It’s got to be meat with this wine – and in terms of taste, it doesn’t get much better than our pulled pork burger. Topped with crispy bacon and caramelised red onions, the burger really needs a hearty red wine to compliment it, and Chianti Classico definitely fits the bill.
Vermentino – The Vermentino grapes used to make this wine are harvested by hand, as they are considered too delicate for machinery. This delicacy is apparent as soon as you bring the wine to your nose – white flowers, citrus and apple are just a handful of the tastes and smells that will delight your senses (unless you’re in the bathroom, then it’s probably just our air freshener).
Best Served With – Spigola all’Acqua Pazza
We all know that – as a general rule – seafood should be served with white wine. Well, this dish certainly isn’t lacking in the seafood department. Sea bass, king prawns, clams, mussels and squid are all included in our Spigola all’Acqua pazza, and a refreshing glass of Vermentino is the perfect wine to ensure that your meal goes swimmingly.