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Winners Announced: Food Match Awards 2020

One major criteria our judges look for when tasting wines is the ability to match them with food.

Matching our award-winning wines to food is an important aspect of our official tasting notes, as the on-trade use our judges’ recommendations to help them easily select the wines that would pair perfectly with their food menus.

Our Food Match award-winning wines listed below are the wines our judges have identified as the ultimate combo to classic dishes you’d see on menus across the country.

This year, due to the global pandemic, our Food Match round was delayed somewhat, but four of our best judges from our 2020 panel came to the rescue, and made sure the below worthy wines were given the Food Match accolades they so rightly deserve.

Team leaders Andrew Luis Martins (Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer at The Cavalry and Guards Club), Jan Konetzki (Director of Wine at Ten Trinity Square /Hotel /Private Club), Tom Forrest, (Consultant at TomFDrinks), and senior judge Immacolata Cannavo (Head Sommelier at Hakkasan Mayfair), all met up safely and covid securely, at Vinoteca (our 2021 venue partner) to taste through 30 wines pre-selected from our Gold List. The result… 13 fantastic winners.

Congratulations to all our 2020 Food Match award-winning wines.


Avocado on toast

Soligo, Prosecco Treviso, Extra Dry 2019 Veneto Italy (£8.60 Eurowines)

‘This Prosecco is appetising and has great richness and freshness, that goes great with the richness of the avocado and the toasty flavours’, said Jan Konetzki. Tom Forrest thought the Prosecco was perfect for brunch, ‘the dryness and crispiness of the sparkling wine works with avocado and a sour dough toast.’

 

Ceviche

Casarena, Winemaker's Selection, Torrontés 2018 Salta Argentina (£7.23 Frederic Robinson)

‘This is a very fruit forward wine, it has stony mineral notes, citrus and pears and a fresh finish with some ginger spice, that would complement the acidity of the ceviche,' explained Tom Forrest.

 

Roast chicken

Château de Fesles, Chenin Sec 2017 Loire France (£7.34 Wine Importers)

Tom Forrest noted that 'this Chenin has crisp green apples and some honey, leading to waxy notes and crisp lemon on the palate, with a mineral finish. It has enough acidity to balance the juices from the chicken'.

 

Rack of lamb

Domaine de la Janasse, Terre de Bussière, Principauté d'Orange 2017 Rhône France (£10.67 Enotria&Coe)

‘This wine is packed with ripe fruit as well as spices like cloves and black pepper. It complements the juicy lamb perfectly,’ observed Immacolata Cannavo.

 

Steak

Familia Torres, Salmos 2016 Priorat Spain (£13.44 Fells)

‘The dark fruits, savoury nature and grippy tannins of this wine make it stand up to the meaty steak,’ noted Immacolata Cannavo.

 

Pulled pork

Lucien Arkas Baglari, Mon Rêve, Öküzgözü 2018 Aegean Turkey (£11.25 Lucien Arkas Baglari)

Tom Forrest explained why this Öküzgözü was the perfect pairing to pulled pork, ‘the smokiness and sweetness from the BBQ sauce, needs a wine to balance the sugar. This red has sour acidity that will cut through the sweetness’. Andrew Luis Martins also noted that the wine’s ‘rustic nature and dryness balance the sweetness of the BBQ sauce’.

 

Beef burger

Pierre Sourdais, Chinon, Tradition, Organic 2018 Loire France (£11.98 Enotria&Coe)

Jan Konetzki found his perfect pairing for a beef burger in the Loire red, ‘the zippiness from the tomato leaf, as well as the blackcurrant flavours were perfect for the juicy beef patty’.

 

Fish & chips

Casa de Vila Nova, Vila Nova, Vinho Verde 2019 Vinho Verde Portugal (£6.50 Boutinot)

For this classic British dish, Immacolata Cannavo looked for ‘high levels of acidity in the wine to cut through the fatty batter on the fish’.

 

Roast salmon

Chartron et Trébuchet, Chablis 2018 Burgundy France (£9.19 Ffarm Vintners)

For the roast salmon Jan Konetzki thought this Chablis worked well with the ‘butteriness of the fish, the salmon has slight sweetness of flavours from the fattiness when it starts to caramelise’. Tom Forrest recognised the ‘acidity from the Chablis, which cuts through the oiliness of the fish’.

 

Vegetarian risotto

Bodegas Corral, Don Jacobo, Tempranillo Blanco Ecológico 2018 Rioja Spain (£9.25 Matthew Clark)

Andrew Luis Martins selected the white Tempranillo for a vegetarian risotto, noting the ‘savouriness of the risotto works really well with the almond and apricot from the Rioja’. Tom Forrest enjoyed, ‘the preserved lemon from the wine that works well with the saltiness of the risotto’.

 

Thai green curry

Luis Felipe Edwards, Marea, Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Leyda Valley Chile (£13.50 Matthew Clark)

Jan Konetzki explained this wine pairing as ‘a real flavour enhancing moment’. ‘The Sauvignon Blanc is a great match, even with different heat levels. Its punchy, aromatic, has lovely freshness which is a great match for the spiciness of the curry’.

 

Margherita pizza

Luis Felipe Edwards, Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir 2018 Leyda Valley Chile (£9.03 Matthew Clark)

For this classic food pairing, Jan Konetzki let us into the rational for his decision making, ‘the pizza has lots of umami flavours with the tomato and the cheese, so it needs a wine with lots of acidity’. Immacolata Cannavo agreed with fellow judge and also highlighted the Pinot Noir for its ‘good acidity that balances the tomato sauce, and the leathery notes on the wine pairs well with the richness of the cheese’.

 

Chocolate fondant

Adega de Pegões, Moscatel de Setubal NV Península de Setúbal Portugal (£8.72 Size: 75cl Hallgarten & Novum Wines)

‘The sweet sultana fruit on the nose and palate of this wine pairs it perfectly with the rich chocolate fondant’ described Andrew Luis Martins.


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