Match of the week
Artichoke and sheep cheese salad and Ciello bianco
Much is made of the difficulty of pairing wine with artichokes but this week’s match of the week proves it’s far from impossible with the right accompaniments
Chef Cosmo Sterck of Marmo in Bristol created this great salad of marinated artichokes, spelt, Berkswell sheep cheese and yoghurt with went perfectly with the fresh slightly hazy Ciello Bianco we’d ordered which I always think has something in common with a witbier (which you could obviously drink too).
It’s made from catarratto, comes from Sicily and is unfined and unfiltered but not scary at all for those of you who are natural wine sceptics. It’s also one of those hugely adaptable wines you can drink with all kinds of antipasti (it was also great with the salame and gnocco frito and gorgeous pillowy burrata they brought us*).
The key to the pairing, as I’ve pointed out before, is introducing a citrus note to the dish. The tangy sheep cheese and yoghurt obviously helped too
You can buy the wine from indies such as Buon Vino for £8.95 a bottle.
For more wine suggestions with artichokes see Pairing wine and artichokes
And if you're into artichokes make this delicioius artichoke and preserved lemon dip
*these dishes were complimentary. We paid for the rest of the meal.
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