Saturday Kitchen wine
(by Peter Richards MW)
Unashamedly excited this week to discover the most magnificent kitchen garden at Arundel Castle. We tasted tamarillo tomatoes, Cape gooseberries, home-grown grapes and all kinds of other deliciousness within the ancient walls. My kind of castle!
Wine to go with Trine Hahnemann’s spelt, smoked salmon and spinach tart:
• Extra Special Pouilly Fumé 2013 (£9, Asda)
Peter’s comments: a really comforting, fireside kind of dish which this elegantly smoky, refreshing white complements beautifully. Pretty decent value at this price from a famous appellation. Cuts through the richness of the egg but has an elegant enough texture not to clash. Yum.
Wine to go with Madhur Jaffrey’s flattened rice with poha potatoes
• Miguel Torres Days of Summer Muscat (on offer at £5.49, Co-op)
Peter’s comments: a fun, characterful wine that works really well with spicy food. It’s full-on, with all its grapey and floral aromatics, but its cleansing acidity and succulent style work really well with this earthy, moreish dish. Almost like a dollop of chutney on the side. ‘Perfect’, says Madhur, who said she liked the fact it wasn’t too sweet, as many suggested pairings for Indian foods can be.
Links, recipes and details
My wines for Noel Clarke’s heaven and hell dishes, as expertly cooked by James Martin, were as follows:
With roasted duck breast, baby vegetables and cherries – Settevigne Vino Rosso 2010 (£7.99, Waitrose)
With venison, kale, red cabbage puree, celeric, baby beetroots, potato galette and blackberry sauce – Finca Resalso Ribera del Duero 2013 (from £8.99, Majestic)
Huge thanks to James, Madhur, Trine and Noel. Kudos to the fabulous people at Cactus TV and to our wonderful wine VT crew headed up by TV’s Andy Clarke. Please see the BBC Food site for recipes, you can also watch the show via iplayer or check out the wine clips as below. Thanks for reading too!