Matt Fowles’ wine match
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.”
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