Inspiring wines to pair with pub grub

Finest English White 2011
Finest English White 2011

What better inspiration is there to stock up your own cellars with wines that complement classic gastro pub dishes and seasonal fare?

Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey, produces Finest English White 2011, England (£8.99, Tesco) exclusively for Tesco. It’s a super example of how a blend of chardonnay, reichensteiner, bacchus and ortega can be a great match with battered cod and chips, with its apple orchard fruits and crisp, dry citrus finish acting as the perfect foil for batter and a generous sprinkle of salt and vinegar.

A crisp sauvignon blanc such as Finca Las Ninas Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Valle Central, Chile (£9.99, { | |Click here to visit Laithwaites}) pairs beautifully with shellfish or soft, flaky fish. A cross between a Loire white with its creamy apple and peach notes, underpinned with the freshness and zippiness of a Kiwi sauvy blanc, it also brims with honeysuckle and passionfruit with juicy acidity on the finish.

The hilly terrain of the Dao region in Northern Portugal is planted with a wide range of indigenous grapes and its hero bunch, touriga nacional, along with other local varieties, produce well-balanced, food-friendly reds that are full-bodied, berry rich and perfect with a classic shepherd’s pie, or game ahead of the shooting season.

A rough diamond that polishes up well, and is especially enjoyable for the price, Extra Special DAO 2012, Portugal (£5, Asda) is a rustic style with smooth blackberry and plummy fruit, pepper and spice.

F’Oz Dao 2012, Portugal (£7.99, Tesco) is more refined with herbal dark fruit aromas, generous plum and ripe berry fruits with savoury notes on the textured, balanced finish and pleasing acidity.