Updated: Oct 14, 2020
Thinking back to the end of last year, few of us had heard of phrases like Coronavirus, COVID and furlough. Moreover, whoever would have thought we would be living our lives by the ‘Rule of Six’. We are disappointed that we have been unable to host any events as yet. Still, through the chaos, there is opportunity. At the time of writing, the current rules for England, suggest that we can meet up with friends in our houses and so our thoughts turned to the possibility of sharing food with friends. As the nights draw in, there is an abundance of delicious food available locally and we thought it would be fun to pair wines, alongside some favourite autumn dishes.
The village shop is the first stop for a great selection of vegetables and they also stock cheese from Lyburn Farm in Winchester, and a good selection of British cheeses from the Winchester Cheese Stall. Buckinghams Artisan Butchery also has an impressive range of cheeses on their deli counter. Have you tried Blue Murder, Montagnolo or Baron Bigud? These are proving to be favourites with the wine society team. Damon and Billy are continuing to present a great selection of meats and mentioned that beef, game and venison are very popular in October.
With Aioli and Crudités Chateau La Grave Minervois Rosé
Smoked Salmon Canapés Domaine J Laurens Cremant de Limoux Brut.
Baked Mushrooms Les Vignerons d’Estezagues, Cotes du Rhone
Penne Napolitaine Rocca Negroamaro, Salento
Cheese Soufflé Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon rouge
Mushroom Stroganoff False Bay Pinotage
Asparagus Risotto Apaltagua Reserva Pinot Gris
Pepper/Aubergine/Sweet Potato Bake Domaine Begude, Chardonnay, L’Etoile Limoux
Baked Cod Badenhorst Secateurs White Chenin Blanc
Baked Mackerel Aba de Trasumia, Albariño
Sea Bass with Lemon and Anchovy Creyssels Picpoul de Pinet
Clams with Cider and Cream West Meon Cider (available from the village shop).
Grilled Mussels with Thyme Consentido, Macabeo
Chicken, Poultry and Game
Roast Chicken Las Colinas del Abro, Garnatxa blanca, Terra Alta
Braised Duck Legs Chateau Beauséjour Fronsac
Tarragon Chicken Domaines des Forges, Anjou blanc L’Audace
Quail Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon blanc
Game Grand Arc Corbières
Ribs Piekenierskloof Cinsault
Pork Tenderloin Piekenierskloof Grenache Blanc
Beef and Lamb
Beef Bourguignon Segares, Rioja Crianza
Roast Beef Chateau Barrejat Madiran
Steak Vriesenhof, Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre
Beef Casserole Great Expectations Shiraz
Lamb Chops Mas d’Amile Montpeyroux, Languedoc
Osso Bucco Carinae, Cuvée Philippe, Malbec
Poached Plums Domaine des Forges, Coteaux du Layon St Aubin
Fig Pudding or Cheese Selection Corte Mainente, Recioto di Soave
So, I hope these ideas give some food (and wine) for thought. We’ve had fun in trying to find some interesting wines but we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Bon appetite and cheers.