There’s nothing quite as good as the perfect combination of food and drink, when each element makes the other taste even better. So for this week’s blog post, we asked local expert Ben from Novel Wines to pair up our favourite tipples from local vineyard Wraxall Vineyard with some Taste of Bath treats. It’s the perfect excuse to pop open a bottle – cheers!
“Bacchus, England’s answer to Sauvignon Blanc, is as zippy, floral and fresh as its popular friend. Just like a good Sauvignon, Bacchus is easily enjoyed on its own served lightly chilled – but if you’re feeling peckish always go for simplicity with Bacchus. Strips of Wyfe of Bath on Fortts Oliver Biscuits, or even some crusty bread with a Bath Harvest oil and balsamic vinegar dip would go well. Try not to overpower the Bacchus’ delicate aromas!”
“Matching wine to bubbles like the Wraxall Sparkling is sometimes a difficult task, but a good cheat to remember is that sparkling wine loves salt. Salt gives you something to cut-through acidity and makes a sparkling wine taste softer and fruitier as a result. A lovely pairing for the Wraxall bubbly would be some of Somerset Charcuterie’s red wine and blue cheese pokers or a generous helping of bresaola on crackers.”
Of course, we know that not everyone is a wine drinker, so for those who prefer a different sort of toast, we asked our resident blogger Sal Godfrey to do a little matchmaking with a few of our other favourites…
“Bath Gin is the perfect tipple for that lovely relaxed hour at the end of the day, before dinner. When you start to feel pleasantly hungry in anticipation of dinner, you want something to accompany your gin and tonic that won’t fill you up, and I think Pistachio Provenance’s nuts are just the thing to nibble on. The hint of lemon is perfect with gin, and the fresh bright flavours of a G&T just cry out for something salty.”
“At lunchtime on a warm sunny day, it’s hard to go wrong with a crisp, cold cider like Honeys Midford. To soak it up, I’d recommend a quick DIY ploughman’s – crusty bread, thickly spread with creamy, gooey Bath Soft Cheese and topped with a generous dollop of Hot Date chutney. Just as the sweet fruitiness of the chutney goes with the rich cheese, so will this fresh, sparkling cider.”
“Kettlesmith’s Outline is an amber session ale with a lovely well-rounded flavour. The maltiness of this beer means it goes beautifully with red meats, so I’d suggest Somerset Charcuterie’s incredible bresaola. The careful curing process means that it’s absolutely packed with flavour, and has a melt-in-the-mouth texture that means you won’t be able to stop nibbling. Luckily, since this is a session ale, you won’t need to!”
What’s your favourite combination from the Taste of Bath range? Leave us a comment and let us know!