Food Suggestions

The following dishes go well with Magnum of The Society's Exhibition Albariño, Rías Baixas 2016 (SP12704)

Avocado with Prawns

Avocado with Prawns

This retro classic calls for light dry wines such as Muscadet or sauvignon from the Loire or New Zealand or South Africa. Dry sauvignon-semillon blends would work well as would Italian pinot grigio.
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Fish Soup

Fish Soup

Picpoul de Pinet from the south of France or Galicia’s albariño are ideal. Greek whites are a good match too.
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Gazpacho

Gazpacho

There’s nothing more refreshing than a bowl of gazpacho on a hot day and it should be served with the driest of whites like Muscadet or some of the new-wave whites from the Iberian Peninsula. A chilled glass of Sherry would be divine.
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Olives

Olives

Typically served with aperitifs, the saltiness of olives can be a tricky match. Sherry would be the obvious choice with the drier Fino and Manzanilla styles working best. Mediterranean dry whites and rosés can be an equally good choice – some of the new-wave whites from Spain and Portugal offer lots of flavour alongside tangy freshness to get the taste buds going before the meal.
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Prawns

Prawns

Prawns work well with just about any dry white. Asia-inspired sauces might call for more aromatic flavours and aromas. Don’t forget the versatility of sherry and rosé too, which would make good alternatives.


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Prawns with garlic

Prawns with garlic

Mediterranean-style whites are the obvious choice here.
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Salads – seafood

Salads – seafood

Dry rosé, dry Italian whites or one of Spain’s new-wave whites would work well here. Muscadet, France’s seafood wine par excellence is a good standby.
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Ceviche

Ceviche

Dry, clean and crisp should be the order of the day and you can match the citric acidity of lemon or lime by looking to wines that are aromatic without being over-blown such as Bordeaux sauvignon blanc with crisp green apple and citrus and pretty floral notes; a super-dry Alsace or German riesling, would play well or even a young, fresh Loire sparkler to add a bit of luxury. Greek assyrtiko with an extra lemony, saline quality would be a lovely, off-beat option. Alternatively, you can choose to counter that acidity with a fatter, slightly sweet wine such as an off-dry Vouvray or similar – personal preference should always prevail!
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Sardines

Sardines

The rather oily nature of sardines (baby pilchards) requires wines with good acidity and enough oomph to handle their rather assertive flavours. The Spanish and Portuguese love sardines and the wines of their western shores, sherry and albariño, can be relied upon to work well. Rosés, particularly those of robust, Mediterranean proportion, are always a good bet too. Our recipe for sardines with spicy breadcrumbs is a great way to use up the remains of a good loaf. The fish is always best fresh though.
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Shellfish Risotto

Shellfish Risotto

This dish is a gift to wine and will show off even quite basic bottles in an excellent light. Mediterranean styles will obviously shine; go for dry, fruity rosés or round Italian whites. Muscadet, that classic seafood wine will work well, as would something like Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc. For those who want to try something a little different, explore some of the new-wave whites from Spain.
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Smoked mackerel

Smoked mackerel

The oiliness of the fish combined with the assertive smoky flavour require wines with good acidity, ripe fruit flavour and ‘cut’. An albariño from Portugal or Galicia might work well as would Provençal whites and rosés. Aromatic English wines can work well too and crisp dry Sherry is always good.
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Smoked salmon

Smoked salmon

Spicy gewürztraminer is a natural choice to partner smoked salmon, but rich, ripe white Burgundy works well too. Champagne or good sparkling wines are successful marriages as well.
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Spaghetti al Tinno

Spaghetti al Tinno

Janet Wynne Evans' recipe is a store-cupboard take on the classic Sicilian Pasta Con Le Sarde dish substituting tinned tuna for fresh sardine. The raisins and pine nuts contribute a sweet earthiness that cries out for southern Mediterranean wines with real bite. The Sicilians like to serve soft reds with this dish, but Portuguese and Spanish whites would be terrific and of course, rosé is a sure-fire hit.
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Tuna

Tuna

The Italians and Portuguese make some wonderfully food-friendly wines from a vast array of flavoursome indigenous varieties which would partner tuna with ease. The assertive limey richness of Aussie riesling or semillon would work well too. Spanish whites and Sherry are terrific and Mediterranean rosés.
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Paella

Paella

Spain’s classic rice dish incorporates some strong flavours from chorizo to paprika and plenty of shellfish, but none-the-less can be quite forgiving when it comes to wine choice. Chilled lighter style reds, Mediterranean rosés or fruity characterful Iberian whites would be ideal.
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Spanish Chicken Salad

Spanish Chicken Salad

Gordon Ramsay's recipe for Spanish Chicken Salad with Chorizo, Chickpeas & Olives is a great way of using up the leftovers from a roast chicken or turkey. It cries out for a full-bodied rosé, but crisp sherry and Mediterranean style whites would work well too.
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Spaghetti Puttanesca

Spaghetti Puttanesca

This Italian classic can quickly be whisked up from storeroom staples for a perky and satisfying supper. The strong flavours need wines with vibrancy. New-wave Iberian whites or crisp Italian whites from flavourful native grapes spring to mind. Mediterranean style rosés and lively fresh reds from the nero d’avola grape, for example, would be good too.
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