This fantastic and rustic dish had me scratching my head to find the perfect wine to balance the simple but diverse ingredients. Traditionally cream sauces work wonderfully with rich Chardonnays, but shellfish can jar with oaky wines. The dish is full of strong flavours; from the meaty, earthy mussels to the salty cured bacon and the rich cream, so more traditional seafood wines would be blown away. To balance the richness of the dish I selected an unusual unoaked Australian wine. The Willunga 100 Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris has plenty of weight, texture and juicy citrus fruit, but its cool climate origins help it to retain the racy acidity required to cut through the creamy sauce. A wonderful match for the mussels. I still felt that the right Chardonnay could work beautifully and I plumped for a white Burgundy: Saint Veran Les Pierre Blanches, Cave de Prissé from the generous 2009 vintage. Although it is unoaked, this wine has complexity and structure and is a perfect foil for the dish.
Willunga 100 Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2009 - £9.99
Saint Veran Les Pierres Blanches Cave de Prissé 2009 - £11.50 For wine advice and food and wine matching tips contact email@example.com
There are probably as many reasons why people deliver copies of the Isle of Wight Beacon as there are people who deliver. This month we’ve been speaking to one of our East Cowes deliverers to find out why she gets involved.
The scene is set at Robin Hill Country Park ahead of Bestival, which promises a huge range of acts throughout the weekend of 6 – 9 September.
The Duke of Edinburgh was presented with a bottle of specially produced local ale when visiting the Isle of Wight for the second time this summer.
The official charity partner of Cowes Week 2012 is hoping their shore-side fundraising activities are just as successful as their on the water racing.
A full programme of activities has been announced for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, which takes place between 11 and 18 August 2012.
The Independent Lifeboat Lotto has made £36,000 for the units at Ryde, Freshwater and Sandown in its first year.
The new Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for the Isle of Wight says she'll work hard to find out what Islanders want from their police force. …continue
One person has been taken to hospital after a two car collision in Binstead. …continue
Isle of Wight housing provider Spectrum is extending a scheme which aims to get people back into work. …continue
A drop-in session highlighting future flood risks to Yarmouth will be held tomorrow (Wednesday). …continue
The new head chef of the Hambrough says he wants to bring his own style and flair to the Ventnor hotel. …continue
An Island golfer is targeting success in the national final of a Prince's Trust tournament. …continue