Perfect foodie partners for autumn
Whether it’s a refreshing white with fish or a warming red with a stew, this mixed case has all bases covered. Here, Henry Jeffreys highlights two wines from this month’s mixed case
Wine expert Henry Jeffreys, along with the BBC Good Food team, tasted his way through more than 100 wines to choose our Wine Club selection. Henry writes about wine for The Guardian and The Spectator, and on his blog, worldofbooze.wordpress.com. He is also a judge in the Best Drinks Producer category for the BBC Food and Farming Awards. His first book, Empire of Booze, is out now. Find Henry’s tasting notes, including food pairings, for all the selected wines at bbcgoodfood.com/ wine-club.
Le Mani di Federica Grillo 2016
The grape here is Grillo, which is used to make Sicily’s answer to sherry, marsala, but is now being made into some delicious table wines. The taste is so evocative of Sicily, lemons of course, but also orange blossom and an invigorating saline acidity. It’s particularly good with fish. Try it with the steamed sea bass on page 40.
Domaine Ginestières Merlot 2016
The Merlot grape originates in Bordeaux but it is right at home in the cooler parts of southern France, especially when the winemaker is Claude Gros, who makes some of the finest wine in St. Emilion. There’s quite a bit of plush tannin to go with the plummy fruit, so serve something meaty with it – the roast venison loin with pumpkin & shallots on page 109 would be perfect.
For more details about this month’s cases, visit bbcgoodfoodwineclub.com.
Steamed sea bass Roast venison loin with pumpkin & shallots