Top pairings | Six of the best matches for Bacchus and other dry English white wines

Top pairings

Six of the best matches for Bacchus and other dry English white wines

If you've bough a bottle of English wine to celebrate St George's Day or English Wine Week you may be wondering what sort of food suits it best.

Chances are it may be Bacchus, a cross between Müller Thurgau and Silvaner-Riesling that tastes quite similar to a sauvignon blanc. It works well with the sort of food that pairs with sauvignon but is usually a degree or so lighter in alcohol so may not be able to cope with such intense flavours. English whites also have a delicate elderflower character which makes me think of classic summery English food.

Here are six pairings I think work really well.

*fresh goats cheese and goats cheese salads. Just as sauvignon loves goats cheese so do English whites

*spring vegetables such as asparagus, peas and broad beans - a risotto primavera for example

*fresh seafood particularly crab salads or sandwiches and prawns

*other light salads without powerfully flavoured dressings - a seafood or chicken salad for example or even a fresh tomato salad

*poached or grilled salmon without a rich sauce. (Mayonnaise is fine. So is cucumber which is lovely with this style of wine)

*light fish dishes like the celery risotto with Westcombe cheddar and smoked haddock I had at Pump House in Bristol a while back. Simply pan-fried or grilled fish is perfect too.

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Mark Tennent on July 5 2021 at 18:50

I should have added that our local Highdown Vineyard, had a very acceptable Bacchus which we helped to plants and pick and worked in the vineyard for a freebee or three. The vineyard was sold a few years ago, prices rose rapidly and the on-site shop and wine bar was closed. Which was a great loss as it is next door to our favourite strawberry and pick you own farm and we always need a libation after a heavy afternoon slaving in the fields.

Mark Tennent on July 1 2021 at 12:13

I usually find the best thing to go with a bottle of Bacchus is another bottle (or two) of Bacchus.

Have you noticed how the prices are shooting up? Aldi did a fair priced one from Bowler and Brolly but that all disappeared rapidly. They now offer a bland mix which includes some Bacchus. Waitrose wine cellar have a good selection with a starting point below a tenner as well as Surrey Gold, the latter often having a petillance which I quite like.

The "other" English wine I struggle to find is Ortega with seemingly only Biddenden offering it but at a price that it's lower cost to drive there to buy a case.

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