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


This week we will be looking at some of the the great wine producing areas of France. We have wines open from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Provence, the Rhone Valley and Alsace for you to try so do pop in for a cheeky taste!

Today's wine of the day...


Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2010 - Buy it here!
From Burgundy in the centre of France, this Pinot Noir is from one of the most respected Burgundian producers. With five years in the bottle, this wine has silky tannins and an intense fruit flavour. Try it with a Coq au Vin, although once you've tasted this Vin you might not have any left for dinner!


Saturday is here! And it's a nice one too. Grand Cru Co's wine of the day today is...


The Lost Block Heathcote Shiraz 2012 - Buy it here!
A returning one here! So good that it's flying off of our shelves. Fruity flavours flowing here and with gentle tannins gracing the palate you will need more than one of these to last the weekend. £12.10 a bottle.