Wine Pairing with Danny Spencer, East Street Wine Co.

Dingley Dell Charcuterie and Wine Pairing

 

Being asked to pair wines with charcuterie can be both an absolute joy…. and perhaps the devil’s own work too!

The complexity and diversity of flavours will often mean there are simply ‘no rules’ though that same diversity and moreover strength of flavour can also leave one thinking “I’ve no chance making a match with that!”

That said, I am never one to turn down a challenge so here goes with my musings and ruminations on all things Dingley Dell Charcuterie.

 

Moccus Salami

Made in the Piemonte or Milano style this salami is almost Ronseal like in that it does exactly what it says on the label. I have paired with a red from Veneto, a blend of Corvinone, Corvina and Cabernet Sauvignon and also a Barbera from Australia.

The former is rich, full and sumptuous with all thing antipasti; Whilst the latter has a grip and acidity that balances perfectly with the richness of the meat.

 

Biscardo ‘Neropasso’ Rosso, Veneto, Italy £11.00

Coriole Vineyards Barbera, McLaren Vale, Australia £16.00

  

Su Salami Sausage

This dry cured sausage has a creaminess about it that lends itself to numerous different wines.

The layered and textural Chardonnay found in that rarest of wines, a Beaujolais Blanc works instantly. And then the aromatics and hint of tropical fruit in Greystone Organic Pinot Gris will prove that opposites attracts.

And finally Kaapzicht Estate Cinsaut has a restraint and elegance that makes it best supporting actor when enjoyed alongside ‘Su’.

 

Domaine de la Couvette Beaujolais Blanc, France £16.00

Greystone Vineyards Organic Pinot Gris, Waipara Valley, New Zealand £18.00

Kaapzicht Estate ‘Skuinsberg’ Bush Vine Cinsaut, Stellenbosch, South Africa £17.50

 

Guillinbursti Pork Loin

As smoky as bonfire night the Pork Loin is probably the most difficult to pair.

I’ve again suggested the 100% Chardonnay Beaujolais Blanc as well as an ultra-rich and creamy Chardonnay from Rolf Binder in the Barossa. They have enough about them to stand up to the intense flavours on the meat and as does the cool climate Leyda Valley Pinot Noir from Kalfu. All proper farmyardy on the nose and a balanced acidity in the finish.

 

Domaine de la Couvette Beaujolais Blanc, France £16.00

Rolf Binder Selection Chardonnay, Barossa Valley, Australia £13.00

Kalfu ‘Kuda’ Pinot Noir, Valle de Leyda, Chile £13.00

 

 

Elidure Chorizo

It’s chorizo, so of course it has spice and paprika. And so I have selected two vibrant, almost crunchy reds to go with. 40 year old vines from Lodi in California afford us a smoky Zinfandel, steeped in spice. Whilst from Langhorne Creek in Australia Bremerton Estate ‘NAP’ Shiraz has pepper, spice and hint of eucalyptus all wrapped with a delicious silky mouthfeel.

 

Scotto Family Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, USA £11.00

Bremerton Estate ‘No Added Preservatives’ Shiraz, Langhorne Creek, Australia  £16.00

 

Albion Coppa, Pork Shoulder

As we have already seen we can pair both white and red wines with the same charcuterie. And the supremely elegant Coppa Pork Shoulder fits the bill. Lemburg Estate ‘Lady’ Viognier – Harslevelu – Sauvignon – Semillon has a refinement that both matches the pork sublimely and brings out the rich, yet balanced flavours in the wine. You’ve never heard of Harslevelu but trust me it works a treat here.

And equally impressive is the DeMorgenzon Grenache Noir. The classic spice and pepper flavours of Grenache are to the fore and marry superbly with the delicacy of the pork shoulder.

 

Lemburg ‘Lady’ Viognier – Harslevelu – Sauvignon – Semillon, Tullbagh, South Africa £14.00

DeMorgenzon ‘DMZ’ Grenache Noir, Stellenbosch, South Africa £14.00

 

Boadicea Air Dried Beef

Some serious beef requires some serious wine.

Mil Historias Organic Malbec from central Spain has been unspoilt by progress and is as classic an example of the varietal often seen as beefs best friend. As black as squid ink it is full rich and intense.

And equally full and rich is Belhara Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet from Argentina’s Uco Valley.

Creamy, rich, multi-faceted it is a wine of real panache and gravitas. Simply outstanding with Boadicea

 

Altolandon ‘Mil Historias’ Organic Malbec, Manchuela, Spain £13.00

Belhara Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Uco Valley, Argentina £15.00   

 

 

 

Danny Spencer

Summer 2020

 

Wines prices are approximate, and wines are available at high quality independent wine merchants nationally. In particular:

Frontier Fine Wines. https://frontierfinewines.co.uk/

Hedley Wright Wine Merchants. https://www.hedleywright.co.uk

Gerrard Seel Wine Merchants. https://www.gerrardseel.co.uk

 

Danny Spencer has worked in the wine business for more than 25 years.

He cofounded East Street Co. in 2016 and supplies wines to restaurants, bars and hotels nationally. Bespoke wine lists are created for every customer and tailored to meet their individual needs. He also likes charcuterie.