Are you one of those people that will ‘only’ drink a certain type of wine? It may be time for you to branch out. Here’s your chance!
Nothing makes my heart beat quite like amazing food and good quality wine. It has the power to set the scene for an event or make or break a social occasion.
The magic of food and wine is that it has the ability to bring people together. I love learning about wine, where it comes from, the different regions and it’s complexities, and I love exploring and matching blends of wine with food.
Having co-owned a restaurant in the past I’m blessed to have friends in the industry who have taken the time to show me the ropes. A little chat about the wine and why we pair it with certain food opens up a whole new world of dining for me. It may seem a little high-brow but it doesn’t have to be. Finding a good $15 bottle of red and matching it to the perfect dish can be even more satisfying than cracking open that special cellared bottle you have tucked away.
In my experience, the only way to really get the most out of your wine is to keep trying different varietals. Vintages can change the taste of a varietal, your palette matures and the blends change with the seasons so if there’s one thing I want you to take away from this post it’s to force yourself to be open to trying blends you have previously not liked. I learnt in my years at the restaurant that the more you are open to trying new blends and being guided by someone who knows their stuff, the more enjoyment you will get out of drinking it, especially when it is paired with amazing food.
The Good Food and Wine Show returns this year bigger and better than ever and I’ve had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with McWilliams wines and tasting some of their incredible wine offerings. Anyone who appreciates good wine will know that to make good wine there has to be an intimate relationship that is formed between the land, the climate, the winemaker and all of these elements must be respected and considered when forging the perfect wine. McWilliams wine has shown time and time again that they do this so well with many of their wines winning multiple prestigious awards over the years.
We had three McW 660 Reserve offerings at the tasting and these will be available to try at the Good Food and Wine show this August. I got to have a sneak peak tasting with sommelier Emma Farrelly who paired the wine with the most delicious food from Post at COMO The Treasury building in the city.
The McW 660 reserve Chardonnay was my top pick at the tasting. Trust me. If you loved Chardonnay then you have to try this (here). The vineyard is in the Tumbarumba region in NSW, a stunning region I hadn’t had the pleasure of exploring yet. It had a beautiful texture and was a well-rounded wine with that touch of oak that I love.
I was very impressed with the Pinot and Shiraz. I’m not usually much of a Pinot drinker as I like my reds to be full-bodied and bold but this Pinto was definitely the exception. It had the soft elegant elements of a Pinot but was still meaty and bold on the pallet.
Now, I know ‘meaty’ may not be a word used to describe wine by the sommeliers but I’m not a wine expert so I should get away with it. When I tasted the McWilliams wine it’s the first thing that came to mind, I like it so I’m going to run with it. Apologies if I’ve offended anyone. Hehe…
You can find all McWilliams yummy, awards winning wines at the cellar door on their website here.
If you love food and wine then getting along to the Good Food and Wine Show is a MUST!
Tickets are available here.