Whether it’s a relaxed night at home with pizza, or a formal celebratory dinner with family and friends under COVID-19 number regulations, it’s hard to beat local Hilltops wines as a flavorsome companion to enhance any meal.
When planning, it’s liberating to remember while traditionalists follow strict guidelines for wine and food pairing there are many who advocate a more relaxed approach. They favor no hard and fast rules and suggest that inventive pairings can reap rewarding taste sensations. If it is right for your palette then it is a perfect combination for you.
Here are some of our suggestions for you with some great local produce:
Lockwood Wines’ Sav Blanc is an ideal pairing with a succulent chicken from Murringo organic chicken farm, Enviroganic. Source from Donges IGA, then roast in an oven bag garnished with salt, pepper and garlic to champion the natural flavours. Lockwood Sav Blank will inject gooseberry notes with citrus hint that will complement. Delicious!
Trandari Nebillio ‘s dark cherry flavours and soft tannins make a fine marriage with lamb shanks sourced from the award winning family butchery Gary’s Gourmet Meats. If a Nebillio is not your style try a Moppity Shiraz or Grove Estate Zinfandel for alternate taste sensations.
Freeman’s Prosecco, Lock and Key 2017 Pinot Noir Chardonnay or Grove Estate Bin Fizzin will add zing to your day. While each has a different character, sparkling wine puts everyone in the mood to celebrate and it enhances the ambiance of all occasions. Serve with a platter of cheese, honey glazed ham, biscuits, and local olives whether for a starter or main course. Add coconut, almond or cocoa wrapped Ballinaclash prunes for a welcome sweet element.
For those who favour more fortified offerings swap bubbles for Lindsay’s 10-year Hilltops Touriga Port, a sensational combination with cheese platters at meal’s end.