Match of the week | Sauvignon blanc and salsa verde

Match of the week

Sauvignon blanc and salsa verde

Sauvignon blanc might not strike you as the obvious wine to pair with lamb but when it’s accompanied by a salsa verde, as it was in this dish we made at a cookery class at the Square Food Foundation* last week it can work really well.

That makes sense as sauvignon blanc has a real affinity with herbs. Salsa verde is an Italian sauce made from chopped herbs such as mint, parsley, and basil along with garlic, capers, anchovies and mustard - so it’s really quite punchy. This is Jamie Oliver’s version which is pretty classic.

Red wine -especially Chianti, as you can see from this previous pairing - works really well but we were tasting a new range of wines called Spoke from New Zealand winemaker Ben Glover which includes three sauvignon blancs. I particularly liked the more complex, textured ‘Brink’ sauvignon-semillon and oaked ‘Resolute’ wines with it which will be available shortly from Red & White. Guessing white Bordeaux and sauvignon/semillon blends from Australia's Margaret River region would work too.

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*Square Food Foundation is a Bristol-based charity that offers free cooking sessions and chef training for disadvantaged adults and community groups alongside private and corporate cooking classes.

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