Chardonnay and wasabi peas?

Jacob’s Creek has launched a food and wine pairing guide for the on-trade, foodservice and off-trade sectors after its research revealed the extent of Britain’s changing food habits.

The winery commissioned research amongst 2,000 adults to understand which foods people are often enjoying with wine. It showed that more than half the population (57%) are regularly replacing evening weekday meals with snacks, and the most popular snacks people like to have with wine are pizza (59%), nachos (38%) and pittas and dips (33%).

Over half of the UK’s population (51%) said they probably would want to know more about the wines that go with the foods they regularly eat. People were then asked whether they think there is too much snobbery associated with wine selection and a resounding 71% said yes.  So, the Australian winery flew expert wine maker, Rebekah Richardson for an extensive tasting session with top TV foodie Jo Pratt, to find the perfect pairings for 10 of the nation’s favourite everyday indulgences.

From a total of 110 possible wine and snack combinations, Rebekah and Jo decided on the perfect pairings and the full guide can be seen on their Facebook page here.

Highlights include: Chardonnay “working beautifully with wasabi peas due to the creaminess of the wine taking the heat out of the horseradish”, or “with pittas and hummus because of the peach and melon notes of the wine complimenting the nutty flavours of the chickpeas”. The classic margherita pizza goes best with a Shiraz, while a pepperoni pizza is ideal with a Cabernet Sauvignon. For the sweet tooth, chocolate and merlot are a match made in heaven, or for Sauvignon Blanc lovers, popcorn was found to be its perfect pairing.

Sausage rolls paired perfectly with a Riesling due to” the buttery pastry and rich pork balancing the lime and green apple flavours” of the wine, and arguably the ultimate sharing plate: nachos, were found to match brilliantly with a Pinot Grigio. For Scotch eggs, which have recently experienced a gourmet revival, a Fiano complimented the flavours well.

Jo Pratt added: “There are plenty of guidelines out there about the best wines to drink with main meals but there isn’t really any inspiration for which wines to enjoy with smaller plates or snacks.”

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