Pairing Australian wines with your everyday meals

‘A good bottle of wine can turn an ordinary meal into a banquet’ – (anon)

When searching for an appropriate wine for an occasion, the task at hand can be like trying to find a potential girlfriend in a nightclub – numerous obstacles in the way, visual distractions, unknown qualities and values. The only way to truly know what the contents are of each individual one is to experience them all. Alas most of us don’t have the time, money or energy.

I will narrow the options down to some styles and regions to make selecting the right wine a little bit easier.

If you’re having a Lamb Roast for Sunday Lunch, it’s hard to go past a Shiraz from the Barossa Valley or the McLaren Vale region. Both wine regions are in South Australia and are internationally renowned for producing magnificent Shiraz grapes. Some of the world’s oldest vines are from these two regions and their leading wines are of great complexity and structure.

Some notable wineries from the Barossa Valley are Peter Lehmann, Rockford, Chris Ringland, Wolf Blass and Torbreck. The McLaren Vale wine region hosts great wineries such as d’Arenberg, Wirra Wirra, Kangarilla Road and Kay Brothers.

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These wineries exemplify some of the bold and distinctive tastes that will complement any type of red meat dish.

If you’re having a mid-week pasta and want to impress a girl with a simple, yet well paired red, it would be wise to choose a Pinot Noir from either the Mornington Peninsula, Tasmania or the Bellarine. These areas are excellent producers of Pinot Noir due to the cooler climate. The Pinot Noir grape is delicate and refined and won’t overwhelm the lighter flavours of your meal.

An ideal Pinot Noir could come from the Bay of Fires vineyard in Tasmania, Paringa Estate, on the Mornington Peninsula or Scotchman’s Hill from Bellarine in Victoria.

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If you’re into white wine and you’re looking for an elegant, refreshing and crisp drop to go with your fish or chicken meal, you can’t go past a Hunter Valley Semillon an Eden Vale Riesling or a Margaret River Chardonnay.

I would suggest making a beeline to such labels as Tyrrell’s Wines, David Hook or Tempus Two for Hunter Valley Semillon’s. For Eden Vale Riesling the top labels are Pewsey Vale, Leo Buring and Bethany and if you’re after excellent quality Margaret River Chardonnay’s you can’t go past Devil’s Lair, Leeuwin Estate and Pierro. Any of these labels are sure to please yours and your partner’s tastebuds.

Any of these wines can be purchased for around twenty dollars a bottle and would be a great way to compliment your culinary skills.

Explore, take notes, share and enjoy!

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