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Winter wine pairing in the Swan Valley

10th August 2018

There may only be a few more weeks of winter (officially), but there’s still time to get your wine pairing practice up to scratch with some serious winter wine pairing in the heart of Perth’s Swan Valley.

Not only is winter about the cold and the rain, it’s about all the hearty comfort foods and delicious, warming wines, so why wouldn’t you want to make it last a little longer?

From rich meaty dishes abundant with spectacular spices and scrumptious sauces, to nourishing winter vegetables, these foods are just crying out for the perfect wine to share their table.

So, with that in mind and in the interest of giving the food exactly what it wants, here is a little guide to winter wine pairing in the Swan Valley before your time runs out.

Merlot from Swanbrook

Love a good Merlot in winter time (or anytime)?

If you love all things pasta and meat, then you’re in luck, because Merlot is the perfect choice for that. Pair your Merlot with tomato-based dishes and rich pasta sauces, charcuterie flavours of bacon, prosciutto, pancetta and other hams, are ideal with Merlot, as are lighter red meats such as pork and veal.

Swanbrook Winery Merlot

Shiraz from Sandalford

Looking for the perfect wine match for all foods rich and hearty?
Shiraz is your go-to!

The bold, round, fruity flavours suit stews, casseroles and tagines, dark fruit-based and spiced sauces, steak and kidney pie, beef, lamb, venison, kangaroo and most notably, juicy steak cuts like rump or rib-eye.

Grenache from Mandoon Estate

Want to try a full body wine with a bit of a difference?

Shiraz Ganache is full bodied, with spicy fruitiness and minimal tannin, making it a little bit different and absolutely delicious with rich and naughty dishes such as sticky pork ribs, barbecued duck or other barbecue flavoured meats such as pulled pork – Are you drooling too?

Curries always go well with a Grenache, no matter which country they originate from.

Chardonnay from Sittella

While winter is generally the domain of the red wines, white wines don’t need to be ruled out altogether.

A full-bodied wine such as a Chardonnay is the go-to white for winter and matches deliciously with seafood and chicken dishes. It’s also great with roast turkey or pork with apples and complements the earthy sweetness of many winter vegetables.

Sittella Chardonnay

We know you’re thirsty and hungry now – How could you possibly not be?

Whether you love all wines, prefer reds or only ever drink whites, there is a wine for you to pair with your food this winter. So, why not make it last a little longer?

Book a restaurant, a wine tasting or a wine tour and start wine pairing your way through the Swan Valley this winter, before it disappears.

Love learning about wine pairing? So do we! Look out for a blog in September on wine pairing in the Swan Valley in Spring.


Posted in Wine Guide and tagged , on 10th August 2018.

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