SK does Dallas

(by peter & susie)

It worked!

When all five of Saturday Kitchen’s wine experts came together last week to film in Oxford for Saturday Kitchen’s 200th anniversary show, anything could have happened. (See our earlier report and video here.)

But this was no damp squib. We all had a great day pounding the streets of Oxford, striking Dallas-esque poses, as bemused intellectuals gaped on.

UK-based readers (or technologically adept ones abroad, so we’ve heard) can see the show for the next week on the BBC iplayer link by clicking here.

We both joined forces with Susy Atkins to truffle out a match for Daniel Galmiche’s venison in pancetta. We’d all cooked up the dish beforehand, so were aware of its rich savoury yet subtle character. Rioja worked well but in the end we plumped for a deliciously meaty, peppery Saint-Chinian red from southern France – the Domaine Combes, very fairly priced at £6.99 (Waitrose).

Olly Smith and Tim Atkin went for the Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache (from £7.99, Majestic) to go with Vivek Singh’s tandoori pigeon. It proved another hit – so a 100% strike rate for the bevvy of winos on show.

Both wines went down well in the studio, with Daniel and James clearly fans of the St Chinian – though Chris Evans’ 6-pointer soufflé was hogging the stage by this point.

Happy 200th anniversary Saturday Kitchen – may there be many more fun-filled, wine-soaked shows to follow.