Match of the week
Rioja rose and serrano ham crisps
This is not so much a wine pairing that’s greater than the sum of its parts as a great wine recommendation and food recommendation that happen to go really well together
The wine is the 2020 release of the Ramon Bilbao rosado and I think their best yet - crisp, clean and infinitely swiggable as you can see from the modest amount left in the bottle It’s currently on offer at Simplywinesdirect for £8.99 and £9.86 if you buy a case from Great Wine Co.
And the serrano ham crisps are from M & S and a good alternative if you’re trying to cut down on carbs (they’re only 99 calories a packet too though I wouldn’t go so far as to claim they were healthy!). I was already a fan but the new pancetta ones are good too. I think you could almost crisp them up in the oven and serve them in a something like a spinach, bacon and blue cheese salad.
Both would be pretty good with red wine too especially syrah or syrah blends and, of course, with sherry but the fresh savoury rosado was spot on. You can also order them from Ocado.
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