With thanks to Craig from Steep Hill Wines for his pairing suggestions:
Persian spiced beef pastries –
Chateau Oumsiyat Merlot £13.95
Tasting notes – A lovely style of Merlot with typical black plum flavours enhanced by chocolate and vanilla, smooth and fruit forward.
Country – Lebanon
Region – Mount Lebanon
Grape Varieties – Merlot 100%
Alcohol by volume – 15%
Bottle – 75cl
Producer – Oumsiyat
Lamb and Sour Cherry Meatballs & Lamb Steaks –
Cantine San Marzano Negromaro £10.95
Tasting notes – A deep ruby red with violet reflections and intense aromas of blackcurrants and wild fruits, complemented by subtle notes of spice and thyme. A full-bodied wine, which is charmingly balanced, soft on the palate and full of the flavours of Southern Italy.
Country – Italy
Region – Apulia
Grape Varieties – Negroamaro 100%
Alcohol by volume – 13.5%
Bottle – 75cl
Producer – San Marzano
Foccacia -and veggie or vegan starters
Este Vinho Verde £9.95
This is THE wine of the summer. With a touch of sparkle, this is a deliciously fresh Vinho Verde full of light ripe pear fruits and a refreshing finish. Absolutely delicious as an aperitif or the perfect accompaniment to fish and light vegetable starters or mains. At 11% abv there’s no guilty feeling about cracking this open at lunchtime and enjoying in the sunshine
Butter nut tagine and butter beans –
Campillo rioja blanco £13.25
Complex floral notes blend with ripe white fruit on a background of well integrated wood. Smooth with a touch of acidity, great accompaniment to lightly spiced food or summer platters.
Rich, nutty, oaked white
Colour – White
Country – Spain
Region – Rioja
Grape Variety – Viura
Producer – Bodegas Campillo
Range – Bodegas Campillo
Closure – Cork
Bottle Size – 75cl
Desserts.…..most desserts can be enjoyed with most white, rose or even dessert wines if you want to push the boat out, but we find they pair really well with a classic German Riesling, a touch of sweetness with a floral medium dry finish.
And nobody does it better than Dr. Loosen, classic Mosel Riesling.
DR L Riesling £11.25
This medium dry Riesling from the famous Loosen estate embodies the elegant and racy style of classic Mosel Riesling. It is really juicy with a ton of apple and pear characteristics. A very crisp finish. Yes, there is also has some sweetness in there, but the balance is spot-on.
For that luxurious end to a fabulous meal why not try a dessert wine?
This is one is our go to dessert wine, adds that extra bit of Luxury to finish.
Michele Chiarlo ‘Nivole’ Moscato D’asti £9.95
Country – Italy
Region – Piedmont
Grape Varieties – Moscato 100%
Alcohol by volume – 5%
Bottle – 37.5cl
Producer – Michele Chiarlo
Tasting notes – Floral aromas are seamlessly complemented by peach and apricot notes on the fragrant bouquet. The gently sparkling palate is delicate, light and creamy; with a silky texture and a refreshing finish.