Food and wine matching is often cast as
a rather mysterious science, but in truth it is actually quite simple,
and the experimentation involved is great fun. I have often thought that
the highest purpose for a wine is for it to be drunk with food in a
situation where both complement each other, and it still amazes me how
often a rather humble wine will synergize with a food match in a
Matching wine and food at Gymkhana
Gymkhana is one of London's most celebrated restaurants. I get
to sample its amazing food matched with wines chosen by sommelier Su
A report on a seminar by coffee expert James Hoffmann
Does fine wine go with Indian food? I visit one of London's most
celebrated Indian restaurants, where wine is taken very seriously
cheese, a workshop
A brilliant opportunity to find out what the UK's leading ewes'
milk cheese makers are doing.
A new company has set out to market wines that match with curry. Do
and cheese: do they work together?
Jamie Goode attends an interesting, in-depth tasting with
Randolph Hodgson of Neal's Yard and Jancis Robinson
- Chinese tea
A masterclass with Ed Eisler of Jing Tea, looking at the range
of styles available.
for fine wine
It's time to open a special bottle. But what do you eat with a
fine, complex wine?
- Wine and
Most wine isn't consumed with food but at the table. Which wines go
best with which TV programs?
makes a good restaurant?
Jamie Goode gives his personal ingredients for a good experience
when eating out
- Acidity is
Which single flavour component enables a wine to match well with a
variety of foods? Jamie Goode reckons it's acidity.
Some thoughts about matching wines with fish.
- What wine
with lightly-seared tuna steaks?
Picking a wine to go with lovely fat, pink tuna steaks proves a
problem with desserts
I have a bit of a problem with desserts - or 'puddings' as
we used to call them when I was a kid. It's not that I don't enjoy
them; rather, I find it difficult to match wines with them
important is food and wine matching?
Four divergent views are compared: are you a pragmatist, an
anarchist, a nihilist or a legalist?
Two unoaked whites make a great match with a fishy dinner.
- The great
Why do UK restaurants routinely mark up their wines by
300-400% of the retail price? I grumble. A response from
restaurant owner Chris Chown has also been added to this article:
hear the other side of the story.
- Time for
a rosé revival?
Rosé wines may be horribly unfashionable, but they make great
summer wines and are a surprisingly good food match.
- Wine and
Asian food: do they match?
Is it possible to find wines that match well with heavily spiced
Asian dishes? I'm a sceptic - but I'm willing to be proved
tenderloin in Marsala sauce
A potentially difficult dish is paired with two Chenin
blancs, a Riesling and a Dão.
Some inexpensive wines that make versatile partners for a wide range
of food dishes.
pairings: Salmon steaks and asparagus in Hollandaise
sauce. I try to find something that will go with this simple meal
that is potentially a difficult one to pair with wine.
Most of us have got a fondue set lying neglected in a dark corner of
a cupboard. We get ours out, and find a sublime wine match with a
delicious cheese fondue
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