Matt Fowles’ wine match

Field and Game - - BUSH TO BANQUET -

Quail is del­i­cate and flavour­some and a pinot ar­rives at the ta­ble as the likely op­tion but the Span­ish­style pi­cada pushes Matt Fowles to­wards a dif­fer­ent wine choice.

“The flavour is ab­so­lutely de­li­cious but there is a bright­ness to the dish,” Matt said. “Chardon­nay is one of those wines that car­ries lay­ers — gen­tle lay­ers of oak, creami­ness from the fer­men­ta­tion — and that is a re­ally nice link through to the nutty flavour of the pi­cada.”

A hint of lemon in the dish also helps push the wine match away from pinot, which would have been per­fectly ap­pro­pri­ate had the quail been pre­sented in a rich sauce. Are You Game? chardon­nay is the clear win­ner and this is­sue’s wine match. “I think the pine nut pi­cada with the game is a clas­sic,” Matt said. “If you look at all those old game recipes you see a lot of whole fruit and nuts used in the cook­ing. Fruit cuts the in­ten­sity of the meat but the nut flavour with the pars­ley and the lemon makes it re­ally light and bright. “You are not go­ing to feel like you’ve eaten a stodgy camp meal. Af­ter this, you could go for a 7 km run no wor­ries, or in my case, 3 km.”

For a chance to win six bot­tles of Fowles Are You Game? chardon­nay, drop a photo and a few lines about your quail hunt­ing ex­ploits this sea­son to ed­i­tor@fiel­

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