Understanding the basics of wine pairing in a few minuts:
5 tips for pairing food with Priorat wines
1. Spice up your lifePriorat wines often have a strong undercurrent of spicy or black pepper notes. You can match this component in your food, by selecting a dish that has a generous amount of spice and pepper. Steak with pepper sauce, or a beef stir fry with a cracked black pepper sauce would both make wonderful accompaniments. Many Priorat wines show this sort of spice or pepper character, and it is especially present in those that have some Syrah in the blend. Try one of these dishes with Reflexe 2014 from Costers del Priorat to see for yourself. Buy the Reflexe 2014 now
2. Play the gameThe best Priorat wines are big, bold and tough. Match this body and structure with a similarly strong game bird or game meat. A powerful and full-bodied Priorat such as Ferrer Bobet 2014, bolstered by a year in French oak, will be sublime with wild game like goose, duck, hare, rabbit or venison. Try it now
A toast for the roastTraditional Sunday roast dishes such as beef and pork with gravy and roast potatoes have the depth of flavour to stand up to the strongest Priorat red wines, even those with high alcohol content. Priorat from old vines, such as Ferrer Bobet Vinyes Velles 2012, is probably the region’s most concentrated and fullest-bodied wine and would be a welcome addition to any Sunday dinner table. Buy it
Sweet dreamsThe high alcohol content in Priorat wines can make for some unpleasant food pairings. One way to get around this is by pairing the wine with a food that has a little sweetness in it. Sweet and sticky barbecue sauces, for example, will enhance the wine by playing down the alcohol and emphasising the wine’s acidity. Clos Cypres, with its 14.5% alcohol, is a great match here. Try it now
What grows together goes togetherPriorat wines are highly distinctive and very much reflect their place of origin. Pair the wines with foods that come from in and around the same area to really get a sense of place. Cheeses like Garrotxa, Nevat or an aged Manchego make the perfect accompaniment with a mature Priorat wine such as Closa Batllet 2005. Shop it Do you have any tips of your own for pairing Priorat wines with food? We are always looking for new ideas, so let us know!