Customers often ask which foods we recommend to compliment certain wines. On each of our individual product pages you will find our specific and favourite dish recommendation for that wine, however as the answers are endless, we have put together some basic general rules for you to follow.
 

DOES IT MATTER WHICH WINE IS SERVED WITH A PARTICULAR FOOD OR DISH?

First of all to achieve the best match it is necessary to analyse the basic components in both the wine and the food. The idea is to try to balance them so that neither the food nor the wine overpowers the other. Don’t forget that it is also important to take into account personal taste. The main reason for food and wine matching is to enhance the overall experience of a dish or meal by pairing it with a wine that will complement it. Think about strawberries and cream, both tasty foods individually, however when combined they are more delicious than when eaten separately. If you like the combination of your food and wine choice, then it’s the correct wine for that dish!

WHAT SHOULD I THINK ABOUT WHEN MATCHING WINE WITH FOOD?

Remember it is a matter of personal taste, so choose combinations that you find particularly pleasing. Many wine styles have evolved to complement the cuisine of the region, and so this is a good starting point for finding a food and wine combination. For example, we love drinking Spanish wines with a varied selection of great Tapas dishes.

Have fun, be brave and experiment. Many excellent combinations have been discovered this way. If you stumble across any “odd” combinations that work then we’d love to know! Drop us an email at sales@houseoftownend.co.uk.

 

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A "SAFE BET" FOOD AND WINE PAIRING?

Some food and wine combinations work so well that they are truly marriages made in heaven. For example: 

 

Asparagus

 Sauvignon Blanc

Christmas Pudding

 Liqueur Muscat

Consommé

 Fino Sherry

Foie Gras

 Sauternes

Fruits de Mers

 Muscadet

Goat's Cheese

 Sancerre

Oysters

 Champagne

Parma Ham & Melon

 Pinot Grigio

Roast Lamb

 Red Bordeaux

Roast Pork

 Beaujolais

Roquefort

 Sauternes

Stilton

 Port

Strawberries & Cream

 Sweet Vouvray

Sushi

 German Riesling  Kabinett