Many of us browse the shelves at the liquor store in hope of finding something inspiring, only to get lost in the plethora of different labels and cultivars. If you do not already know what you’re looking for, wine shopping can be a daunting task. We have decided to take it from a different perspective and give you some of our own Hawksmoor Wine options matched to some of the most popular cuisines.
If you are a lover of pastas and pizza, we have good news for you! It is rather difficult to pair these foods with the wrong wines; generally, a good go-to for these rich dishes is a Chardonnay. However, if you are having a heavy tomato-based dish, you might want a bolder red wine such as our 2014 Hawksmoor Shiraz so that the tanginess of the wine still comes through. Our 2017 Hawksmoor Vanbrugh Pinotage is also an excellent choice with any Italian dish.
Sweeter or off-dry white wines work wonderfully with the herbs and spices used in Thai food. A Chenin Blanc or a Riesling are our two favourites to pair with this dynamic cuisine. We recommend our 2019 Hawksmoor Serliana Chenin Blanc, the tropical fruit on the palate provides the perfect contrast to carry through the fresh flavours of Thai dishes.
Rosé is surprisingly a wine that pairs superbly with most of the Indian food and it is an easy choice when you can’t quite decide what the wine for the night will be. Alternatively, Lamb Curry matches well with a glass of oaked Chardonnay and seafood, chicken or vegetable curries work well with the acidity and fresh fruit notes of a Riesling or Pinot Grigio. Our 2014 Hawksmoor Triginta Shiraz pairs beautifully with our farm style curries at Hawksmoor.
A nice reprieve from the standard wines, bubbly wines such as MCC or Sparkling wine are great options with the hot chili in Mexican food, as well as a Rosé which pairs well with most dishes, our 2019 Hawksmoor Magdalen Rosé is a delicious accompaniment for Mexican dishes. For those fresh and spicy dishes, a Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc carry the flavours of lime, cilantro and jalapeno very well. The smokier dishes containing chipotle or grilled meats will pair well with a Malbec or Rhone blend wines, such as our 2014 Hawksmoor Saint Alfege’s blend, made up of Shiraz 70% and Mourvèdre 30%.
The majority or Korean dishes are heavily spiced and therefore a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a light, dry Riesling are great choices. You want to avoid any wine that is too sweet, fruity or complex. Korean BBQ is smoky, sweet and flavoursome and therefore, pairs perfectly with a medium bodied red wine, such as a Shiraz or Merlot. Our 2014 Pinotage will also be a fabulous fit as you don’t want a wine that is too heavy or complex as it will compete with the natural flavours of the BBQ.
We hope that this little taster has encouraged you to cook up a storm and has also helped with your wine shopping adventures, be sure to check out the wines in their full glory on our website.