Feature Wine

Agustí Torelló Mata
Cava Kripta DO Gran Reserva
Spain, Penedes, Cava
$83.50 / bottle

Feature Restaurant

Bertoldi's
London, Central
Italian

TWC Blog

Here we'll provide you with information to help you discover incredible wines from around the world. Join us on our travels and learn more about our latest finds. We'll also share with you tips and tricks for selecting, storing, and enjoying your wine.

Posts Tagged ‘food match’
Mmmm…Burgers!
Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Burger PhotoWe thought we would give you an amazing recipe we found for — get this — Mocha Burgers. We use our outdoor grill all year round so it’s always a perfect time to grill some up.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef, or mix of ground beef and ground pork (better)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 oz bittersweet chocolate, grated
  • 1 tbsp finely ground espresso or coffee
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp cumin seed, crushed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together, form into four large patties, and let rest in fridge for about one hour before grilling. Grill until meat is cooked through, then top with caramelized onions, fresh tomatoes, herbed mayo, and your favourite toppings.

As for the wine match, look for something not too tannic (the meat is cooked through) with darker fruit notes (think cherry or plum) and smoky/chocolate notes. The Finca Losda wines from Spain’s Bierzo region (El Pajaro Rojo in particular) would be great matches, as well as Tribolo from Poggio Stenti or the Geoff Merrill SGM. If beer is your preferred choice, look for something darker, like a Porter. I just tried some interesting beer from Collingwood’s Northwinds Brewhouse, if you are in the area.




Does wine go with Chocolate?
Saturday, June 20th, 2009

freeimages.co.uk food imagesMmmm, yes. Try sweet Muscat wine (Italy, Greece, Hungary), late-bottled vintage or tawny port (Portugal) or Banyuls from the south of France. Cabernet Sauvignon and dark chocolate brownies are also a good match – contact us if you want a great recipe!




Red wine and fish
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Looking for a red wine to match with fish?  Try a wine that is lighter-bodied, with good acidity, and low in tannins. Acidity in the wine acts like a squeeze of lemon with the fish. Low tannins avoid the nasty metallic aftertaste you get when components in the fish clash with highly tannic wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. A cool climate Pinot Noir (Burgundy, Oregon, New Zealand, Canada), Gamay (from Beaujolais), or a Cabernet Franc from the Loire would all make a better match.




Versatile Wine Picks
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Sometimes, when ordering wine in a restaurant, you’ll need to find a wine that matches a range of dishes, say salmon, red meat, and a vegetarian entree. You’ll want what we call a crossover wine – able to bridge both red and white meats. Try Pinot Noir (from Oregon, Canada or New Zealand), Beaujolais from France, and Chianti, Valpolicella or Barbera from Italy. All have good fruit flavour and enough acidity to make a great match. Another option is to forgo the bottle and have everyone go by-the-glass.