Wine Pairing: Cupid style food and wine match-making

Speed Dating meets Wine Pairing

A lovingly designed, bespoke wedding breakfast, deserves to find its perfect partner in wine! You don’t need to be a connoisseur to play cupid in the wine world and with the help of a local Devon vineyard, we’ve compiled the simplest wine pairing guide you’ll find.

Lily Farm Vineyard

Lily Farm is a small family run boutique vineyard producing ‘Single Vineyard’ English Wines. All of Lily Farm’s wines are made from the grapes grown on their South West facing slope in Knowle, Devon.

Recognised with awards both National and International and Devon Life “Best Drink Product 2015”, Lily Farm wines are the perfect way to bring an extra sip of Devon heaven to your wedding day!

English Wines are having their moment in the spotlight across the World, so, we’ve taken a few bottles speed dating to help you make the perfect choices for your Big Day.

Flavour and Feel

Food that packs a flavourful punch matches a wine that does the same. Two bold souls will create masterful mischief on the palate!

Similarly, milder flavours in a delicate dish seek a less daring liquid counterpart.

Texture on the palate is a key characteristic of food and wine, therefore the perfect couple should share some common traits: buttery with buttery, velvet with velvet, nutty with nutty etc. Read the tasting notes of a wine to find the right match!

Your summer wedding menu could feature a DIY Eton Mess dessert. Set it up with Lily Farm Sparkling Rosé 2014, featuring soft berry fruits on the nose, leading to strawberries and creaminess on the palate. Smooth, elegant and perfectly balanced acidity!

Zing and Oil

Fresh, acidic wines cut straight through fatty oils. Think of these wines as Cupids arrow striking right to the heart of the dish. Romantic and delicious! Perfect for dining on cheeses and charcuterie or foods rich in oils.

A sharing style starter featuring local chorizo and homemade pâtés pairs perfectly with the aromatic notes of elderflower, passionfruit, and herbaceous grasses in Lily Farm Bacchus 2015.

Red and Charred

Rich reds enjoy passionate nights in beside a roaring fire. So, any dish that’s charred or grilled will synch perfectly with a velvety red and bring out its true fruity nature.

Tempting BBQ beef briskets are crying out to meet Lily Farm Jurassic Red 2015, featuring delicious spiced plums on the palate, velvety tannins, and a smooth texture.

Sweet and Spicy

Opposites attract in many ways and in the instance of wine pairing, sugar and spice equals nice. Another way to remember this: wine that’s sweet, loves food with heat!

Ripe and Savoury

The same principle also applies to this adoring couple. Fruitful wines round the savoury edges of salty foods and salty foods further ripen a wines fruity flavours. This match brings out the best in one another!

Beetroot cured Pollock gravlax perfectly suits Lily Farm Rosé 2014. Full of enticing ripe cherry and raspberry aromas this wine is rich on the palate with a delightfully lingering finish.

Sweeter and Sweet

Sometimes a great couple just ooze soppiness. It seems like they can’t get enough of one another! But if one is going to out charm the other with their sweetness, it needs to be the wine. Dessert should be sweet, but the wine should be sweeter!

Regional food and regional wine

What grows together also goes together! Hurrah! We’re totally on board with this one!

In line with our Produce Promise, we source at least 80% of ingredients for your wedding breakfast from within a 10-mile radius of our kitchen or event venue.

If you’re cooking at home we recommend that you head to your local farm shop to do the same!

 

By Rose Harvey