Last week the wonderful Abi – from Jascots Wines – popped into Social Pantry HQ to talk all things British wines and the importance of seasonality. Social Pantry’s aim is to use seasonal produce throughout all of our menus making sure we are cooking with popular ingredients that are fresh, seasonal and delicious. Whatever we don’t use, we love to pickle. Our ingredients list is kept as local as possible, or is from sustainable British suppliers – Goat’s Curd from Worcestershire, 24h Cured Salmon from Scotland, eggs from Clarence Court, smoky bacon from Ginger Pig and delicious Blue Cheese fresh from Oxford… to name just a few.
A Very British Wine Pairing…
But it is not all about food, every good meal needs to be matched with the perfect wine. English Sparkling wine is has really taken off with wine lovers from across the globe, and British still wines have huge potential too! Here are a couple of our top picks, along with the dishes we’d pair them with….
Cold winter nights need comfort to keep you going through the frost. Think rich slow cooked casseroles, roasted gratins, and sumptuous sweet puddings for dessert.
All of our Autumnal dishes such as Truffle Risotto, Butternut Squash and Heritage Carrots work will with richer, earthier and slightly oaky wines such as Three Choirs Bacchus 2017 from Gloucester, one of our favourites.
Another great dish is the Potato and Artichoke Terrine, bursting with deep flavours, matches perfectly with the Nyetimber Cuvee Chérie. The first Demi Sec in the U.K., Cuvee Chérie is one of Nyetimber’s more complex wines with sweeter tones, allowing it to balance well with richer and more acidic foods.
Having a seasonal menu really does push for a better planet, and we should be doing anything we can to support the local suppliers who are producing the most amazing, fresh and simply delicious produce.
Drop in for a tasting, I can guarantee there will be a nice glass of British wine waiting!
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Blog by Amelie Carsten, Junior Event Planner
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