Six Wine and Food Pairings to Try

Wine and food matching is the holy grail and it’s a subject that exercises a lot of people but, curiously enough, not many wine writers. Two exceptions are my old friend John Wilson (we go back to TCD days) and my newer friend Fiona Beckett whose detailed notes and remarkable memory fuels her website matchingfoodandwine.com which I heartily commend.

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Chateau la Chêne de Margot 2011

This came as a very pleasant surprise. The vital statistics are simple: it’s from the Côtes de Bordeaux Blaye, so the right bank and about 40km north of Bordeaux; it’s Merlot and Cabernet but mostly the former, and 2011 was far from a knockout vintage in these parts.

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Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

Source: www.marksandspencer.ie

Source: www.marksandspencer.ie

€16.49, Marks & Spencer

A truly elegant, stylish red from cool climate Western Australia without going into the realms of the really serious gear from this neck of the woods (like the almost Pauillac-like Leeuwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon which costs a whole lot more these days). Margaret River is hotter than the Medoc but cooler than a lot of Oz’s key wine regions. The Cabernet is pure cassis with a touch of mint and eucalyptus, a delicious ambassador for the magic combination of grape and geography.