Having just spent 3 weeks in the trade, it is nice to come back to the green landscapes of the Yarra Valley. One of the great aspects of my job is that I get to talk about our wines in different countries and support the wonderful people selling Yering Station. It never ceases to amaze me where our wines end up being consumed and with what food. I started my travels in Japan and soon discovered that Unagi and Pinot are a perfect combination. The savoury brackishness of the Unagi compliments the earthy undertones of our 2010 Pinot Noir.
Having sorted out the Pinot I then moved on to London to see what went well with our Chardonnay. The UK has a fascinating food culture, influences range from the ultra-cool Scandinavians, hot spices from the subcontinent and the modern English Pub menu. Chardonnay to me is extremely versatile and compliments a variety of flavours but my favourite was served with local west coast organic scallops (I thought that being in the sea automatically made everything organic !!!)
Finally, I travelled through Singapore and Bali on the way home enjoying the cultural riches of south East Asia. My quest was to find the perfect Asian match with our 2008 Shiraz Viognier. I expected this to be a challenge but was pleasantly surprised with many dishes bringing out the soft, plump silky centre of this wine. Don’t overlook black pepper crab.
Matching food and wine is equally enjoyable as trying wines from across the globe. My advice is, don’t be scared, be an adventurist and you will be surprised what you might enjoy.
Cheers, Salud, kampi, Na zdorovyeh