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Roger’s Recommendations for Autumn

Roger’s Recommendations for Autumn

Autumn is a wonderful time of year with all the bounties of the harvest available to us. The things I like best are the mushrooms and truffles, apples and pears, damsons and blackberries, leeks and onions, well the list could just go on!!

With me spending some time in the Piemonte, white truffles are something of a local delicacy there and I do enjoy eating them sliced over some scrambled eggs and washed down with a decent bottle of Barolo. My current favourite is the Barolo Bricco San Pietro from Anna Maria Abbona 2016 which is a superb expression of Nebbiolo grown around Monforte d’Alba.

Although game is coming into season, I’ve already been enjoying some Guinea Fowl that it appears can now be purchased throughout the year. However, if you can get hold of a wild one, it will have far more flavour and be the perfect partner to a quality white Burgundy. Meursault le Clou from Eric Boigelot does it for me and it will do it too for the Guinea Fowl!

A few weeks ago, I had a Lasagne based on leeks, meat free, and, very good it was too. However, a few more weeks on, the leeks would have seen an improvement in flavour. This was washed down with a simple white wine and a personal favourite would be a Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. The Classico we have from Tenamenti Spinsanti would be just the ticket.

Cauliflower is in season too and one of my favourite vegetarian dishes is Cauliflower Cheese. This can be served with either a red or white wine and a couple of my firm favourites are the Fleurie Clos de la Roilette from Alain Coudert and the Pouilly Fuisse Vielle Vignes from Pierre Meurgey at Meurgey-Croses. Both are excellent accompaniments to cheese based dishes and so many other things too.

Up in the Lyth Valley, close to the town of Kendal, damsons grow to perfection and this is the best time to enjoy them. You can either make them into jam, infuse them in gin, or simply make a crumble with them. The Recioto di Soave from Corte Adami will be a wonderful accompaniment to it and will handle the sugar content to perfection.

Finally, Bramley apples are really on song at this time of year and blackberries also, so why not have a ramble in the countryside and see what you can forage, add them to the Bramleys and make a delicious pie? The Jardins de la Tour Blanche Sauternes, the second wine of the 1er Cru Chateau la Tour Blanche will be perfect partner.

So, for now, that’s what I will be eating and drinking, and I do hope that you’ll join me on the journey. Sorry that two out of the 7 are dessert wines but if you can’t enjoy fruit now, I don’t know when you can.
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