Vamp’s Bistro Reveals How to Pair Mediterranean Cuisine with Wine
Our sommelier says, that wine is better than food! Well, he is biased. But it was not difficult to coax him into telling us the tricks that make pairing wine with food relatively easy. Otherwise, you can use some wine apps that teach you how to do so. However, moving on…
It is, indeed, about balance. We want wine that compliments the food and food that compliments the wine. Remarkably, when food and wine do not overpower or mask each other’s unique character and flavour, a balance is achieved, then the wine actually enhances the meal. When you are pairing wine with food, it is a good idea to know the wines from the region. Usually wine is made to match the food from the same region.
Pro tip: Younger wines are more acidic and acidity in the wine softens with age.
Here are five fantastic Mediterranean style dishes that are hot-selling at Vamp’s Bistro, and some wine recommendations that go well with them.
Moroccan Baked Chicken with Goat Cheese
A mouth-watering dish of baked chicken fillets stuffed with goat cheese and infused with blended Moroccan spices. Then lightly garnished with Kalamata olives and caramelized mushrooms. This dish is earthy and fragrant. A lively and exciting bottle of Sauvignon Blanc for the white wine lovers or an aromatic and vibrant red Pinot Noir, preferably German, will nicely accentuate the taste of this dish.
Milanese Ossobuco with Buttered Peas
Our Ossobuco is something else! Succulent cross-cut veal shanks are braised with vegetables, white wine and broth and served with a side of melt-in-your-mouth buttered peas. A full bodied and dry Chianti aged in oak or an earthy Barolo with aromas of roses and liquorice bound and a firm tannin, will go wonderfully with this exotic dish. Women especially love this dish, as it provides many female-improving properties.
Roasted Butternut Squash with Griddled Chicken
This dish brings memories of fall right to the dinner table. Simply roasted butternut squash which is lightly coated with butter and brown sugar. Accompanied by griddled chicken sprinkled with quinoa. Our sommelier has picked Chardonnay with opulent honeyed peach flavours and a beguiling texture that lingers on the palate, sourced from California or South America and preferably not fermented in oak to go with this dish. A fruity Cabernet will go just as well.
Greek Salmon with Avocado Tzatziki Sauce
This delightful charcoal grilled salmon dish is bursting with Mediterranean flavours. The cool and tangy avocado tzatziki sauce with cucumber, garlic, avocado and Greek yogurt complements the rich notes. Try a Riesling wine, with its signature pale straw colour, a palate that exhibits lemon and grapefruit, flavours matched by some fresh and racy acidity. It pairs fantastically with this savoury dish. Or try a nice bottle of crisp Chablis. Chablis is lean and beautifully balanced with a steely acidity that cleans the palate and is just so food-friendly.
Spicy Lamb Stew with Walnuts
Plaited lamb is slow cooked in stock and spices such as cumin, paprika, and cardamom for a delicious and aromatic meal. Sea salt adds another dimension. And the crunchy walnuts complete this winter warming dish. The dusty, dry and earthy notes of the Grenache wine go superbly with the spiciness of the lamb, or try the white Gewürztraminer with an effervescent and floral bouquet. We hope to put this into our buffet catering menus as well!