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Six wines for Sunday lunch

If you're cooking Sunday lunch, you'll want wine. The guys at Banstead Vintners give us their favourite pairings.

I’m no stranger to the joys of a good bottle of wine, but the more I meet independent wine merchants, the more I appreciate how much I don’t know – especially when it comes to pairing wines with food. Apparently, there’s a lot more to it than my simplistic ‘white for chicken and fish’ and ‘red for beef and lamb’ approach.

Here the wine experts at Banstead Vintners give us their drinking choices for Sunday lunch – whether you’re serving up salmon or lamb, there’s a wine to match.

The food: Roast lamb
The wine:
Navajas Rioja Reserva 2011
Tasting note: A classically styled Rioja from Bodegas Navajas. This is a well balanced and structured wine with ripe red fruit flavours and spicy, herbal aromas, with an expressive and elegant finish.

The food: Roast beef
The wine:
Chateau La Gorce Medoc 2011
Tasting note: Comprised of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon this wine has lots of spicy, cedar-scented black fruit. With rich well-balanced oak this is a classic, great value claret.

The food: Roast pork
The wine: Chateau de Belleverne ‘Le Chatelain’ Chenas 2016
Tasting note: Deep in colour with a palate reminiscent of ripe Victoria plums. A gorgeous Beaujolais Cru with velvety texture and an uplifting, fresh finish.

The food: Roast chicken
The wine: Terres Secretes Macon Verze ‘Croix-Jarrier’ 2015
Tasting note: “Creamy nose with flavours of sweet peach fruit, yoghurt and spice. A beautiful stony texture and lifted acidity carry this wine through to its long finish. Very tasty.” Decanter, World Wine Awards 2017

The food: Salmon
The wine: Joseph Mellot Pouilly-Fume ‘Le Chant des Vignes’ 2016
Tasting note: A superb Loire Sauvignon Blanc with a complex nose of grapefruit and flint, accompanied by a fresh tropical fruit palate. This wine has exceptional length.

The food: Pudding
The wine:
Royal Tokaji ‘Late Harvest’ 2016
Tasting note: Hungary’s Tokaj region has enjoyed royal patronage for over 400 years. From its most dynamic cellar, this is a divine sweet white Late Harvest wine with intense honeyed apricot fruit and brilliant freshness. A superb all rounder for desserts and cheeses.

Banstead Vintners, 69 High Street, Banstead, SM7 2NL.

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