Saturday Kitchen 14.3
(by Peter Richards MW)
It was a star-spangled day at the Cheltenham Festival when we popped in. Not only were the Duchess of Cornwall and model Katie Price in attendance but so was chef Bryan Turner, who was on hand to give me some insider tips on the form (right). This was before heading into town to find some top bottles to go with a couple of brilliant recipes.
Wine to go with Paul Rankin’s Derry duck and Londonderry potatoes:
Notte Rossa Primitivo di Manduria 2012, Italy (£10, Marks & Spencer)
Peter’s comments: such a lovely dish and, as ever with Paul, a very wine-friendly one. That said, the sweetness in the recipe (from the caramelized apples and rich squash) means we need something soft and rich in style – but with the juicy acidity we need for the duck. A really good Kiwi Pinot Noir works, as does Rioja Reserva. But the most fun – and most delicious match comes courtesy of this lovely Primitivo, which is also fantastic value for money.
Wine to go with scallop stew by Virgilio Martinez:
Finest Awatere Valley Pinot Grigio 2013 (£7.99, Tesco)
Peter’s comments: A Pinot Grigio! Recommended by a Master of Wine! On BBC1!! This choice will have some wine purists spluttering into their Muscadet but I make no apologies. It’s a cracking little wine, excellent value, and it was quite simply the best match when we lined up quite a few bottles to try with the dish. It’s quite close to a Pinot Gris in style, with a bit of extra richness that softens the spice of the aji Amarillo, but with a lovely lime-and-lemon freshness too.
Recipes, links and details
The studio guest was Sally Lindsay and my wines for her heaven and hell dishes were as follows:
Ribeye steak with parsnip and potato rosti, wild mushroom sauce and parsnip crisps – Hamilton Block Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (from £8.99, Majestic)
Arnold Bennett omelette with radish and fennel salad – Mudhouse Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (from £7.86, Majestic)
Thanks also to M&S, Tesco and everyone who gave us a warm welcome in Cheltenham.