When hosting a dinner party, small gathering or quiet night in, you want to ensure your guests are offered the finest selection of victuals. Whether you’re going all out with a fancy three-course meal or are simply providing a small selection of nibbles, it’s important to offer a range of different foods, along with drinks that complement their flavours and aromas.
While we may know a thing or two about the best ways to consume tasty chutneys and pickles, we’re no expert in knowing what drinks work best with what preserves. That’s why we’ve teamed up with David King, the fine wine sales manager at Cadman Fine Wines (our sister company), who brings a plethora of knowledge about how to pair wines with some of the tastiest products from Heartisan Fine Foods.
If ours or any onion-infused preserves feature in your menu, perhaps served with pâté to start or a selection of cheeses to finish, then David recommends providing your guests with a glass of Auntsfield Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014. Its meaty savoury notes work well with the sweet hit of caramelised onion, while the infusion of berry and current fruits make this fresh wine an excellent choice when served with strong cheeses.
The use of birdseye chilli, ginger and garlic in these spicy chutneys requires a glass of wine that has the aromatics and fruit intensity to stand up to these strong flavours, which is why a bottle of Weingut Turk, Kremser Weinberge Gruner Veltliner 2015 is recommend when serving chutney with a kick. This dry and highly aromatic white wine has the versatility to accompany anything from hot, spicy dishes to fresh fish and seafood.
David’s final recommendation moves towards a distinctive dessert wine. The Le Fonti, Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2006, which is made with both Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes, contains the aromas of a rich fruit cake. Sweet dried fruits such as dates and raisins with the mixed exotic spices of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg naturally bedfellows the apple and fig to create a delightful taste infusion.
With both Heartisan Fine Foods and Cadman Fine Wines offering extensive ranges, there are many other products from across the two that pair well together.
David King is always on hand to offer recommendations, so please feel free to drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org should you be interested in finding out more about which wine to pair with your favourite Heartisan Fine Foods product!
Until next time,
The Heartisan Fine Foods team