London Wine Week

Today signals the start of London Wine Week, a fantastic celebration of the capital’s emerging wine scene. We’re delighted to work with Gwen McCann from House of Wine on many of our events and she always comes up with some really great wines for our customers, and works closely with us to make sure we’re matching these great wines to the menus that we’re creating.

Seasonality is at the fore of our ethos when creating these menus and with such interesting produce around at the moment, we’ve teamed up with Gwen to offer some hints and tips on what goes with what.

Today it’s all about summery peas and broad beans. We love putting these in a salad with creamy goat’s curd, a little squeeze of lemon juice and plenty of black pepper and salt. Here are Gwen’s suggestions for this lovely light salad :

“Sauvignon blanc is the go-to wine for summer vegetables and particularly those Sauvignons from the Loire Valley in Northern France, Pouilly Fumé and Sancerre being the best known. Sauvignon Blanc has a grassy, herbaceous quality that works well with tender young vegetables.

There is a good English wine alternative – the Bacchus grape is widely planted here and produces England’s best still white wines, it’s fresh and zesty character make it perfect for summer vegetables and salads.

Provencal style rosé is always a great match for goat’s cheese and in fact dry rosés are the perfect picnic wine. Rose made from lots of different grape varieties are being made by English wineries – look for ones made form Pinot Noir for a dry but summer berry fruit flavour.”

For more information on London Wine Week go to www.londonwineweek.com or to find out more about Gwen and House of Wine, visit www.thehouseofwine.co.uk

More suggestions tomorrow!

 

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