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Wines For Wild Foods

The floral, leafy vibrancy of spring and the joyful, plumptious berries of summer have given way to the earthy, wholesome and hearty flavours of autumn. For us, there is no better time to take full advantage of the bounty of Britain's fields, forests and coastlines as our ingredients at this time of the year are amongst the best in the world. Grab your wellies and your waxed jacket and head for the countryside!

From late season mackerel to new season oysters and mussels; from wild duck, partridge and pheasant to rabbit and venison; from mushrooms and truffles to nuts, squashes and root vegetables, these are probably the finest foods of the year and they demand great wine pairings. Rest assured that we won't let you down.

With a mallard, roasted to to the point of pink perfection, there is no better match than a red Burgundy. The richness and approachability of Maison Chanzy's 1er Cru Mercurey is a delicious pairing. The gentle gaminess of venison is perfectly complemented by the rich fruit and similar hint of gaminess found in a Gran Reserva Rioja. Our Viña Del Oja offering from Bodegas Señorío De Arana really ticks the box.

Wild mushrooms and truffles are truly a seasonal treat, whether you serve them on their own or accompanying game, and a Piemontese Nebbiolo is always a great choice. As you might have noticed, we don't mess around when it comes to eating and drinking and we have climbed straight to the top of the quality tree for this pairing. Moccagatta's Barbaresco is made in a modern, ripe style that is deliciously appealing.

The rich, oiliness of mackerel needs a wine with fresh acidity by way of a contrast. Château Dereszla's Tokaji Furmint might not be the first wine you think of but its pithy grapefruit and saline flavours make it a brilliant companion for all manner of fish and shellfish - mackerel in particular. Corte Adami's Soave has a lovely weight of lemon fruit and a stoney minerality thanks to the region's volcanic soil. Try replacing sardines with mackerel fillets in the traditional Venetian dish of Sarde In Saor for a great match.

Forgetting the oversized and under flavoured examples destined for lantern carving, pumpkin is a shamefully neglected ingredient in the UK. Cut them in half, remove the seeds (which can be rinsed and toasted to make a lovely snack), slice into segments and roast them with the skin on for about an hour. When cooked, the segments can be served as vegetable or the flesh can be removed from the skin and diced or puréed to be added to all manner of recipes. For something rather special, try a creamy pumpkin and sage risotto laced with plenty of Parmesan cheese paired with the full bodied and ripe white Châteauneuf Du Pape from Château De La Gardine.

We are very proud of all of these wines and we know you'll enjoy them as much as we do. Try them all for yourselves in our mixed case containing one bottle of each and save 5%.

  • Château Dereszla Tokaji Furmint
    £9.95

    Henye Tokaji Furmint Dry

    Château Dereszla

    Henye Tokaji Furmint has ripe pear, white grapefruit and white pepper spice aromas on the nose. Fragrant grape and pear fruit, with the softest sug...

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    £9.95
  • Bodegas Señorío De Arana Viña Del Oja Rioja Gran Reserva
    £19.90

    Bodegas Señorío De Arana Viña Del Oja Rioja Gran Reserva

    Bodegas Señorío De Arana

    Bodegas Senorio De Arana Vina Del Oja Rioja Gran Reserva has a developed nose of dried red berries, a touch of vanilla, some gamey notes and a hint...

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    £19.90
  • Malbec "Uvas" - Mi Terruno Winery
    £10.25

    Malbec "Uvas" - Mi Terruno Winery

    Bodega y Vinedos Mi Terruno

    An excellent introduction to Argentinian Malbec. The wine has fine red fruit aromas with some herbal notes and on the palate it is well balanced, g...

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    £10.25
  • Moccagatta Barbaresco 2010
    £30.75

    Moccagatta Barbaresco 2010

    Moccagatta

    "Moccagatta's 2010 Barbaresco shows brawn and sheer muscle with dark fruit aromas of blackcurrant and prune followed by generous servings of leathe...

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    £30.75
  • Mayacaba Malbec - Mi Terruno Winery
    £28.50

    Mayacaba Malbec - Mi Terruno Winery

    Bodega y Vinedos Mi Terruno

    The epitome of Argentinian Malbec from proprietary vineyards in Perdriel (Lujan de Cuyo), the prime vineyards of Mendoza. Despite its 5 years of ag...

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    £28.50
  • Corte Adami Soave
    £10.90

    Corte Adami Soave

    Corte Adami

    Corte Adami Soave is delicious and direct, pale yellow green in colour with a rich and fragrant nose redolent of white flowers, white fruits and de...

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    £10.90
  • Château De La Gardine Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Tradition Blanc
    £31.95

    Château De La Gardine Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Tradition Blanc

    Château De La Gardine

    Chateau De La Gardine Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Tradition Blanc has fine and bright floral notes on the nose, with slightly spicy accents of anise ...

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    £31.95
  • Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - Costantini Vini
    £15.25

    Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - Costantini Vini

    costantini vini

    The top end of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wines, this classic offering fom Costantini Vini is wonerfully balanced with an enticing bouquet of red and ...

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    £15.25
  • Barolo DOCG – Castiglione Falletto - Anna Maria Abbona 2015
    £44.50

    Barolo DOCG – Castiglione Falletto - Anna Maria Abbona 2015

    Anna Maria Abbona

    Although the area of Dogliani has no Barolo vineyards, just a cock-stride away is Monforte d'Alba, one of the finest Barolo villages together with ...

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    £44.50
  • Tenimenti Spinsanti Sassone - Marche Rosso IGT
    £28.55

    Tenimenti Spinsanti Sassone - Marche Rosso IGT

    Tenimenti Spinsanti

    The flagship wine of the Spinsanti winery and a wine worthy of every table. A blend of 60% Montepulciano and 20% each of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvig...

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    £28.55