Matching Food & Wine | Match of the week A fuzzylime (cms+) autogenerated channel feed. fuzzylime (cms+) <![CDATA[Sesame prawn toasts and Ortega]]> English wine might not be the first thing you’d think of pairing with prawn toasts - more likely something like a riesling but at the Caravel restaurant in London the other night it just hit the spot. ]]> Fiona Beckett Mon, 16 Jan 2023 08:20:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Chocolate and orange cake and Chateau Climens]]> I’ve always considered Sauternes is too delicate a wine to pair with chocolate unless it’s accompanied by something like passionfruit with which it chimes in but it turns out if the wine is old enough - and good enough - it can handle even a chocolate cake. ]]> Fiona Beckett Mon, 12 Dec 2022 16:25:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Beef tongue and dry oloroso sherry]]> I’ve been sitting on this pairing (not literally) for a couple of weeks now but thought I’d bring it out for Sherry Week so you can try something like it yourself ]]> Fiona Beckett Tue, 08 Nov 2022 10:12:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Cod pot au feu and Beaujolais]]> Beaujolais cuisine is typical old-school bistro food - so it was no surprise to find on my recent trip that it sailed through the charcuterie, andouillette and oeufs en meurette. But I had rarely had it with fish so I found this pairing with a cod pot-au-feu at Georges Blanc’s brasserie Le Rouge et Le Blanc at the Hôtel lea Maritonnes particularly interesting. ]]> Fiona Beckett Mon, 31 Oct 2022 10:59:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Prosecco and burrata]]> I wonder how many people think about food when they’re drinking prosecco. Not many, I suspect. Given the comparative sweetness of most bottles I certainly tend to think in terms of sweet dishes as much as savoury ones as you can see from this post. Teatime seems to me the perfect occasion to drink it. ]]> Fiona Beckett Thu, 13 Oct 2022 17:24:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ Crab with kombucha]]> It’s hard to pick out just one pairing from the alcohol-free menu I had at La Dame de Pic in London the other night - the 2 Michelin starred restaurant run by Anne-Sophie Pic. I can honestly say I didn’t miss alcohol during the meal. The pairings, which were devised by head sommelier Elise Merigaud, were perfectly suited to Pic’s light, supremely elegant food. ]]> Fiona Beckett Mon, 03 Oct 2022 09:02:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Monkfish and Meursault - and Muscadet, come to that]]> One of the best restaurants to enjoy well thought out food and drink pairings is Trivet in London which comes as no great surprise when you learn that the two partners - Jonny Lake and Isa Bal - worked at one of the UK’s most famous restaurants, The Fat Duck. ]]> Fiona Beckett Fri, 30 Sep 2022 16:37:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Roast pork with an alcohol-free IPA]]> One of the hardest things if you’re not drinking for any reason is finding a grown-up drink that will work in a restaurant without leaving you feeling that you’re not having as good a time as everyone else. And as I’ve said before beer is much better in this respect than wine. ]]> Fiona Beckett Mon, 12 Sep 2022 14:36:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Sauvignon blanc and salsa verde]]> Sauvignon blanc might not strike you as the obvious wine to pair with lamb but when it’s accompanied by a salsa verde, as it was in this dish we made at a cookery class at the Square Food Foundation* last week it can work really well. ]]> Fiona Beckett Tue, 06 Sep 2022 14:00:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Spicy beef and Barbera d'Asti]]> Barbera wouldn’t have been the wine I’d have generally turned to with a beef dish that came accompanied by a spicy Thai relish but it worked surprisingly well. ]]> Fiona Beckett Mon, 29 Aug 2022 09:52:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Miso and malt whisky]]> I’ve been away in Scotland for a couple of weeks and seem to been drinking more beer and whisky than wine but the standout pairing was with an innovative dish at The Macallan distillery of fermented barley with a confit egg yolk and caramelised yeast which was like a savoury marmitey risotto. (Much tastier than it looks in my particularly rubbish photo). ]]> Fiona Beckett Mon, 22 Aug 2022 10:07:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Spanish ham and orange wine]]> There were other dishes on the table* - but it was the jamon de Teruel, a lesser known ham from Aragon in Spain, that was the standout pairing with the orange wine I was drinking last week. ]]> Fiona Beckett Mon, 01 Aug 2022 12:37:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ Peaches, burrata and white vermouth]]> I knew that peaches and burrata were a perfect pairing but what to drink with them? ]]> Fiona Beckett Mon, 25 Jul 2022 07:43:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Bacchus and coriander salsa]]> English wine isn’t probably not the first bottle you’d reach for if you were serving a punchy salsa but on the basis of last week’s experiment maybe you should! ]]> Fiona Beckett Thu, 21 Jul 2022 09:34:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Roast monkfish with girolles and Kalimna cabernet/shiraz]]> If an Australian cabernet-shiraz is the last wine you’d think of pairing with fish here’s why it worked at a recent lunch that Penfolds hosted at Trivet in London ]]> Fiona Beckett Tue, 12 Jul 2022 15:39:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Camembert-style cheese and amphora-aged Bacchus]]> I’ve long felt that white wine is as good, if not a better match for cheese than red but it takes chutzpah to serve it at the end of a wine dinner as Mark Hix and Rob Corbett of Castlewood Vineyard did at an event I took part in last week at The Fox Inn at Corscombe ]]> Fiona Beckett Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:10:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Gratinated onion and sercial madeira]]> If you eat in a 3 Michelin-starred restaurant, as I did last week at Le Cinq at the George V in Paris, you’d expect the sommelier to come up with some pretty fantastic pairings with the food. ]]> Fiona Beckett Wed, 22 Jun 2022 18:16:00 +0100 <![CDATA[Smoked eel and alcohol-free lager]]> If you go to a Michelin-starred restaurant you probably don’t expect to drink alcohol-free beer but my meal at The Ninth last week which was hosted by the best-selling alcohol-free lager Lucky Saint demonstrated that it’s a surprisingly good option for anyone who’s not drinking ]]> Fiona Beckett Mon, 13 Jun 2022 14:20:00 +0100 <![CDATA[ Sweetbreads with mushrooms and Dog Point pinot noir]]> One of the great pleasures of living in Bristol over the past 15 years has been the friendship I’ve struck up with chef Stephen Markwick and his wife Judy. ]]> Fiona Beckett Thu, 09 Jun 2022 08:09:00 +0100 <![CDATA[23 year old Chablis and crispy chicken wings]]> There were a couple of contenders for match of the week this week. I particularly enjoyed a gin and tonic with my king prawn coconut curry for a start but I’m going for this pairing as it’s always tricky to know what to drink with an very old wine. ]]> Fiona Beckett Mon, 30 May 2022 08:48:00 +0100