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Nederburg’s guide to pairing wine with food

When meals are prepared and cooked well, and chefs know which flavours and textures complement each other, then the result is pure, unadulterated food heaven. Step it up a notch with a ruby red or dazzling white wine – the perfect accompaniment. If you’re not well-versed in wine flavours and aromas, it may be difficult to pick out the perfect wine to complement your dish. Here’s an overview of wines to help you pick out that perfect one.

Merlot

Merlot, usually a medium-bodied wine, has an upfront fruit flavour, accompanied by a soft and silky smoothness. This lush and plummy wine is an excellent complement with roasts, grilled steaks and braised short ribs.

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Rose’

If you looking for the perfect type of wine that will complete your seared salmon, choose a bottle of Rosé. Well known for its delicate and fruity taste, Rosé also goes well with Mediterranean grilled veggies, cakes and sweet pastries.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a white wine made from Chardonnay grapes, a cultivar that has aromas of lime, melon and vanilla. Those who’ll appreciate this flavour will enjoy the spike of citrus and apricot flavours. Chardonnay pairs well with fatty fish such as salmon, and fish in a rich creamy sauce. In addition, Chardonnay complements dishes such as Thai green chicken curry, Asian cuisine, and Caesar salad.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile red wines to pair with food. With Pinot Noir, you can expect smooth drinking, which is the perfect match for meals that contain pork, calamari, and seafood. If you enjoy fruity wine, the Pinot Noir is highly favourable for its strawberry and cherry aromas.

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Riesling

A popular choice, Nederburg Riesling has a beautiful lime colour with a fruity and tart undertone of pineapple. Pair your Riesling with seafood, or smoked salmon.

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Pinotage

Pinotage is known for its ripe plum aroma and flavour with a hint of spice. Pinotage pairs well with winter meals such as venison casserole, roast lamb, medium-rare lamb and for dessert, chocolate!

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Use our guide and avoid wasting money and time pondering which wines will accompany your dishes the best. Here’s to great food – cheers!

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