"What Food What Wine?" 2012 - the final results revealed
The country’s leading wine experts have revealed their best matches for the UK’s top 16 dishes, including lamb rogan josh, fish and chips and strawberries and cream.
Supermarket own-label wines were a surprise hit, with a budget wine scoring high, at ‘What Food, What Wine?’ 2012 hosted by married masters of wine Susie Barrie and Peter Richards from BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen.
The dishes matched included fish and chips, roast lamb, lasagne, mushroom risotto, rump steak and fries, apple crumble and custard, strawberries and cream and cheddar.
A special Christmas category saw smoked salmon, Christmas turkey and stuffing, Christmas pudding and stilton put to the test. While an Indian competition held at London’s Cinnamon Kitchen, saw chicken tikka masala, lamb rogan josh, chicken korma and stir fried king prawns put through their paces.
Surprising results included a white wine winning ‘best match with cheese’, a sherry being dubbed an ‘outstanding match’ with fish and chips, and a Hungarian rosé sweeping the board as an ‘oustanding match’ with Indian food.
The American wine, Barefoot, scooped three awards with its Moscato NV, £4.99, winning best match for both apple crumble and custard (under £10) and strawberries and cream (under £10). Its Shiraz, £4.99, was also deemed best match with popular Indian dish, lamb rogan josh.
The highly-contested fish and chips category saw Morrisons’ Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2011, £7.99, scoop the best match along with Nobilo Icon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011, £14.00, winning the best match for the over £10 category. Aldi’s Philippe Michel Cremant du Jura 2009, £6.99, scoop the aptly named ‘Fizz & Chips’ trophy while another surprise saw a sherry, La Gitana Manzanilla, £9.31, hailed by judges as ‘an outstanding match’ at the competition.
Peter Richards MW, chair judge of the competition, said: “Top award winners came from all over – from the Loire to Aconcagua, from the Portugal to Hampshire, from big and small, New World and Old, pricey and eminently affordable.”
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