.:: APRIL 2018
CHELTENHAM WINE FESTIVAL
Saturday 7th April 2018
@ The Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
GLASS OF BUBBLY TRADE & PRESS TASTING
Monday 30th April 2018
@ Le Meridien Piccadilly, London
.:: MAY 2018
INDEPENDENT WINEGROWERS TRADE TASTING
Wednesday 16th May 2018
@ Royal Horticultural Hall, London
Food Festivals & Wine Events
It can be great fun as well as educational, learning useful rules about food & wine matching, indeed, it is very important to select and enjoy the correct wine for any food.
What we love about wine is that food & wine matching is more art than science. So, while the goal of food festivals is to provide a great starting point, clearly your own preferences and experiences will quickly take over.
Keep flavours in balance
Match mild foods with mild wines. Match big, flavourful foods with big, flavourful wines.
Similarly you generally want to match the richness of the food and the richness of the wine.
Cleanse the palate with tannins or acids
If you are re eating a relatively rich, ‘fatty’ dish and thinking about drinking a red wine, you probably want a wine with some good tannins in it to help cleanse the palate.
If you’re eating a very rich, “fatty” dish and thinking about drinking a white wine, you probably want to contrast the meal with a refreshingly crisp acidic wine. This is another useful tip for food & wine matching newbies!
Wine and Strong Spices
Strong spices, such as hot chili peppers in some Chinese or Indian food, can clash and destroy the flavours in a wine. In most cases, wine is not the ideal thing to drink. However, if wine is what you must have, consider something spicy and sweet itself such as an off-dry Gewurtztraminer or Riesling.
When In Doubt
Remember that foods generally go best with the wines they grew up with. So if you’re eating Italian food, think about having an Italian wine. This isn’t a requirement, but often helps simplify the decision.
(Festivals & Wine Events in the UK)