Wine of the day plus pairing!


Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011Buy it here!

Today's dinner party wine pairing is for the fish course. We're cooking up Lemon sole in a brown butter sauce.
This delicious dish is elegant and refined and therefore needs a suitably elegant and refined wine to go with it. Again we need to look at the different elements of this dish. Lemon sole has a delicate flavour so we are looking at a French Chardonnay as opposed to the more bold flavours of the New World. We need some subtle oak to complement the buttery sauce with a good mouth watering acidity to cut through the fat. A Chardonnay's citrusy notes will also work well with the lemon and capers in the sauce. We therefore wholeheartedly recommend our Burgundian Nicolas Potel Chardonnay at £9.95 a bottle. Light and fruity with gentle oak flavours, come in and try some for yourself!

Following on from yesterday's aperitif suggestion, today we will be having our starter! Something you can eat as a stand alone dish, we will be having Thai crab cakes with a sweet chilli jam. Three elements need to be taken into consideration: the crab meat, the chilli heat and the method of cooking. So, firstly the crab. To complement this light delicate meat, we need a light delicate wine so it's definitely a white! To combat the heat of the chilli, we need a wine which is light on alcohol with a little sweetness. Lastly as the crab cakes are fried, we need some acidity. So our choice is simple...


Hugel Riesling Classic at £15.45Buy it here!

Crisp and refreshing, with a touch of sweetness this is a match made in heaven. Try it for yourself!



This week we will be looking at classic food and wine pairings for a four course dinner party. Matching food and wine can be challenging as you need each element to complement the other, as well as catering to your own likes and dislikes. Certain food flavours can completely change the taste of a wine, some making it fly, others turning it bitter. This week we will give you some ideas on what will bring out the best flavours. Don't forget we can always give advice on the great pairings so just ask!


Wine of the day...

Rive della Chiesa £9.99Buy it here!

There's nothing better than a bit of fizz as an aperitif to start your dinner party. Prosecco is great on its own but can really come alive with a splash of colour and a bit of clever blending. Here are a couple of recipes for inspiration!

Fill a champagne flute with Prosecco and add a tablespoon of rose syrup. Let it slide down the inside of the glass until it sits in a pool at the bottom.

Prosecco Royale
One part crème de cassis to three parts Prosecco and add a dash of fresh lemon juice - bellissimo!

We journey today to the North-East of France and within this area we stop in Alsace, a part of France that is heavily influenced by their German neighbours!


Wine of the Day is...

 Hugel's Classic Riesling 2013 - Buy it here!
This is a gorgeous one. Pure varietal flavours that really show off what Riesling is all about. Very dry with an interesting minerality which is hard to ignore. An absolute beauty with seafood of almost any kind! £15.45 a bottle too!


Today we travel from Bordeaux to the Rhone Valley. The Rhone Valley is split into two - north and south. The North is well known for its beautiful Syrah wines and the south is famous for Chateauneuf du Pape.


Today's wine of the day...

Colombo & Fille, Crozes-Hermitage 2012 £13.95Buy it here!

This Syrah from northern Rhone is utterly quaffable. It's well balanced, fruity and has very smooth tannins so drinks well on its own as well as with food. If you are eating, how about trying it with a wintry casserole to match the weather forecast?!


Today we travel from Burgundy to Bordeaux in the West. Bordeaux is the largest wine growing area in France producing mostly red blends which we English sometimes call 'Claret'. The notable exception is an area called Sauternes in the south of the region which produces exquisite sweet white wines.

Today's wine of the day...

Fleur de Thenac 2009 £10.95 - Buy it here!
From the 16th century Chateaux Thenac in the Côtes de Bergerac, this gorgeous blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is deep and rich. Cassis on the nose and red fruits on the palate, try this with a juicy steak