Food Matching: Roast Dinners

Roast Dinners are a British institution. Everybody looks forward to meeting up with friends and family to enjoy a meal with all the trimmings.

What can be difficult is deciding which wine will best complement the meat you’re serving.

We asked our Wine Educator, Guy Watson, for his suggestions.

  • Beef – Château Le Coin. This gold-medal claret with ripe mcphearsondamson fruit and with hints of spice complements a hearty roast. It is robust enough to hold its own.
  • Chicken – McPherson Full Fifteen Chardonnay.  A classic match – ripe tropical fruits with a hint of spice bring out the flavour of the meat and the sweetness from the oak works well with the trimmings.
  • Lamb – Carravacas de Primicia Oak-Aged Rioja. Ripe red fruits with smooth tannins bring out the sweetness in the lamb and don’t overpower the meat.
  • Pork – Moselgold Riesling aus Steillagen. Apple and lemon flavours accompanied by the acidity of the wine cut through the fat of the pork and complements the meat perfectly.

Maybe you’re planning a roast for an extra-special occasion. Therefore you might want something a bit special which will wow your guests.

falchiniWe asked Angus McClean from our Fine Wine team for his recommendations.

Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Champ Gains’ 2011. A rich, intense Burgundy from one of the superstars of Chassagne Montrachet, with subtle toasty characters, but plenty of zippy freshness, a perfect treat with traditional roast chicken.

Falchini Campora, IGT Toscana 1996, A Cabernet-based Super Tuscan with enough classic cedar box and blackcurrant flavours to appeal to a typical Claret lover, but a little Tuscan twist of fresh herbals and the unmistakable savoury aromas of a red of this maturity.

Whether you’re planning to cook chicken, beef, pork or lamb we hope we’ve given you some wine-matching inspiration for your next roast.

Of course, if you want any more recommendations then you can contact us through our social media channels.


About Laithwaites Wine

Laithwaite's began in 1969, when Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux... and fell in love with real wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share these delicious wines with friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that boutique wineries were soon queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from... including red, white and rosé, plus Champagne and sparkling, beer and cider.

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