Matching food and the Garden's wine
Creating the perfect pairing can mean the wine and food on your table are so intertwined that they almost become one dish. When pairing some of the Wine Garden of England's nectar with your feasts, you can be sure to be the envy of your dinner party or simply your close family. From wine with some seared scallops or oysters, through to the more unlikely (gypsy tarts anyone?) we've got a breakdown of how to serve your favourites, together.
Coupling Gusbourne's offering
The Blanc de Blancs that Gusbourne produces is finely paired with the local Kentish favourite of oysters. The salty, lemony tang of the shellfish combined with the creamy mousse of the wine works wonderfully well and can be enjoyed around the Kentish coastline, particularly in Rocksalt in Folkestone. Continuing with the seafood theme, another match made in heaven is lobster and the Brut Reserve - the buttery texture of the fish works with the refreshing acidity of sparkling wine and the bubbles. Perhaps a less likely combination is another local staple, the gypsy tart, alongside Gusbourne's Guinevere. The Sportsman's gypsy tart in Seasalter is one of the best ways to enjoy this pair.
Marrying up Simpsons wines
With their selection of six Kentish wines, Simpsons have a taste for everyone. A perfect Sunday treat is their Derringstone Pinot Meunier 2018, which when accompanied by roast chicken or sautéed mushrooms makes for a simple dish with a delectable twist. If you are after that feeling of being sat in the countryside or along the coast of the Mediterranean, then their Rabbit Hole Pinot Noir 2018 will work marvellously with salmon or tuna dishes and with soft cheeses like brie or mozzarella. If you are feeling lavish then the Chalklands Classic Cuvée will be washed down well alongside seared scallops, grilled langoustines or simple good old fish and chips!
Teaming with Biddenden
Two of Biddenden's wines match perfectly with polarising styles of dishes. They can of course be paired with seafood, but read on for something a little different. Biddenden's Ortega - the signature grape that covers over half of the vineyard - is great as an aperitif, but one which may be taken through to enjoy with a main meal as well. If you are so inclined, the tipple is well suited to dishes with a bit of spice, as the taste is crisp, full of character with plenty of fruitiness. If you are after a chilled red, then the Gribble Bridge Dornfelder is the perfect summer inspired wine. With hints of the fruits of summer, such as raspberries and strawberries, the Gribble Bridge Dornfelder is ideal for Mediterranean style meals.