As the weather draws in, many of us find ourselves working longer hours, not seeing daylight, and giving up on new years resolutions, so, therefore, craving steaming piles of macaroni and cheese and heaps of comfort food whilst snuggled up on the sofa with the right wines to match. The inclination to brave the weather outside for going out doesn’t mean that being at home can’t be more fun than heading out to your favourite restaurant with your favourite wine, especially with these easy wine pairings that take the guesswork out of everything.
The problem with wine, though, is that it can be intimidating and often expensive, however, there are loads of inexpensive wines that are actually enjoyable to share at home with your favourite comfort foods.
What do I Pair with Roast Chicken?
Nearly everyone I know loves a good roast chicken, not only on a Sunday. My favourite classic roast chicken recipe is from here >>. Red or white, light or full-bodied, simple or complex – a roast chicken is your most versatile comfort food dish. That versatility is due partly to chicken’s mild flavour; add some juiciness, and a bit of crisp, crackling skin, and, seriously, what doesn’t go with it?
My poultry friendly wines
I find that South African wines are always the perfect match for Roast chicken, they have that perfect complexity to match.
Fernao Pires (which is a white wine grape that orinates from Portugal) is produced in the western cape – South Africa. Kortpad Kaaptoe means the quickest route in Afrikaans. This wine is a candid full and rich dry white wine with a deep golden – green colour, it perfectly matches demanding and comforting food on the plate.
What do I pair with Spaghetti Carbonara?
One of my favourite comfort food dishes to eat when it’s chilly outside or actually, in general, is Spaghetti Carbonara – but perhaps not as you may traditionally know it. I use a time-old recipe that is without cream and I use Burford Brown eggs instead of what’s supplied in this recipe by Jamie Oliver.
3 of the best Spaghetti Carbonara wines
Falerio Oris Bianco DOP, Ciu Ciu 2017 – This wine is from the striking and charming Marche’s Hills in Italy, it was made to be drunk with Carbonara! This wine fills your mouth with striking Moorish flavours, it’s the perfect accompaniment! Ottavio Rube Bianco, Valli Unite, 2016 – this is also from Italy – but the difference being, it’s from the foothills of Piedmont. Delicious and a thirst-quenching mix of summer flowers, yellow plums and wild herbs held together by racy minerals. Gonzalvez Côte de Brouilly 2016 – is noted among the accomplished and whimsical Beaujolais wines. The Gonzalvez Côte de Brouilly is known for its abundant fruit, boldness, and distinct minerality which is perfect for breaking down those rich flavours.
What do I pair with the classic Beef Burger?
A regular haunt of mine is Patty and Bun – a trendy burger joint that began as a pop-up and now has three permanent sites across London. You, of course, can (like me) create your own experience at home by following your favourite recipe like mine here>>.
4 of the best wines to pair with your favourite home-made Beef Burger are…
Côtes du Rhône “Terre de Mistral” 2017 – this classic blend of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah from the Rhone valley will perfectly fit the bill when pairing with your burger. Hugh Hamilton Jim Jim Shiraz 2015 – this 100% blend of Shiraz from Mclaren Vale – Australia is your ideal beef burger wine. It has a great nose with distinct varietal spice, hints of earthy complexity and a blend of dark red fruits like blackberries, cherries and raspberries. Kokotos Three Hills Agiorgitiko-Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 – is from a family run vineyard in Greece, that started back in 1970. It has a pleasant fruity character with a bouquet of red fruit with floral notes. It’s well balanced in the mouth with supple tannins and great acidity. Chateaux Ollieux Romanis, ‘Lo Petit Fantet d’Hippolyte’ 2017 – a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah from the Corbieres region of France. Hippolyte means Little child and is the name of Pierre’s young son, who wanted to have a wine he could call his own. Despite its powerful alcohol (14%) and herbal undertow, it is perfectly in balance and has an intense nose with sweet raspberry and kirsch fruit which will really help cut down the fatty flavours of your burger.