Food Pairings

Bacon + Bubbly = Bliss

Bacon + Bubbly = Bliss

Tucked away behind a rather unassuming façade on Santa Monica Boulevard, is Wine Expo’s quirky little Tasting Bar. I found myself there one Saturday evening, just in time for their monthly “Champagne and Bacon Fest” and what a fest it was, well, feast, I should say. The deal is that you get a flight of…

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Skinny Champagne & Des McDonald's Fish & Chips

Skinny Champagne & Des McDonald’s Fish & Chips

Skinny Champagne unwraps deal with Des McDonald’s Fish & Chips City Restaurant. Skinny Champagne Grand Cru by Alexandre Penet will be served by the glass in posh modern day fish & seafood venue, Des McDonald’s The Fish & Chips Shop located in Liverpool Street, London. The go-to fizz for those adopting the new sugar-free lifestyle pairs…

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Sparkling Wine & Fish & Chips

Fish and chips, an iconic British meal, it was regarded as being so vital to the home front during the Second World War that they were never rationed. There’s something quite nostalgic about enjoying fish and chips from a paper bag on the seafront. Nowadays you’re just as likely to enjoy a delicious portion of fish and chips…

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The Ice Cream made from Wine

The combination of two great loves in life – wine and ice cream. The company behind this delightful product is award-winning Mercer’s Dairy, a farm in Boonville, New York. It’s the real deal too, not just “flavoured” ice cream, but an actual wine blend containing 5% alcohol! “At Mercer’s, we produce true wine ice cream….

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Cava Pairing Dinner

Colin was asked by the Consejo Regulador DO Cava, Señor Pere Bonet to present a pairing evening where different styles of Cava were matched to different dishes – a whole 4 course dinner accompanied only by Cava! It was demonstrated that Cava has the necessary qualities to be served throughout a dinner, without the need to…

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Sushi and Champagne: the Perfect Match?

It is rare for a sushi bar to propose Champagne on their wine list, yet the pairing of bubbles and raw fish is a particularly interesting one. There are two possibilities when matching Champagne and sushi: firstly Extra Brut or Nature Champagnes with their low sugar levels due to little or no dosage. This approach,…

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Strawberry Risotto? Prosecco Perfect Summer Time

The Summer Time Strawberry Season is always a great time to make Strawberry Risotto. This recipe is from La Famiglia the classic London Italian restaurant and in memory of the wonderful Alvaro Maccioni www.lafamiglia.co.uk Think Tennis -Wimbledon Classic lunches, brunches, garden parties The perfect lunch time adaptation of the strawberries and cream Wimbledon idea and yes…

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Food and Wine Matching – Nyetimber Style

When I saw the picture on Twitter of the table at the Nyetimber offices awaiting guests I thought (a) I’m sure they meant someone else when they invited me and (b) I’m certainly not going to ‘fess up! With the quality of the wines, their awards, market positioning and the events they sponsor, it would be easy to…

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Food pairings with Crémant

When you’re thinking of food pairing  you need to remember the major tastes or character of your wine.  With Crémant we’re looking at high acidity, yeasty (bread/biscuit) flavours, and fresh green fruit (apples, pears). So what do we need to think about: – High acidity means you can have high acid foods, oily foods, and fatty foods – Try to match up…

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