Wine, food and good company go hand in hand and what could be better than sitting down with your friends at your favourite table to savour a quality glass of wine and delicious food.
The Australian wine industry has come a long way since its early days when James Busby, considered to be the father of wine in Australia, planted the first grapes north of Sydney in the 1830’s. Almost every state now boasts a burgeoning wine industry and each style reflects the climate, soils and “terroir” of the region. “Terroir” is a French word meaning soil that describes the unique characteristics of each wine region.
The grapes that makes a wine, are of course the major contributor to flavour and style, with perhaps a touch of help from the winemaker. Climate, temperature, altitude and the aspect of the vineyard can also affect the taste of the eventual wine, making wine tasting an interesting hobby.
There many types of grapes that originated in Europe or Asia that have found their way to our shores. Luckily Australia’s diverse temperatures and regions makes if perfect for planting different grapes from around the world.
Your next get together with friends is the perfect time to try something new and there are so many of these wines to choose from.
Where Italian families have influenced wine making, you will find Sangiovese, Fiano, Arneis, Vermintino or Nebbiolo. Grapes that originated in Italy. Gruner Veltliner from Austria has taken root in the Adelaide Hills where the cooler days suit this deliciously fresh white wine.
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The Spanish grape Tempranillo is also now a stalwart in many wine regions and becoming a fast favourite among wine lovers who enjoy this spicy, full-bodied red wine.
Of course our favourites should never be overlooked and even Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet or Shiraz taste different across each region.
All of these wines are perfect matches for food with just a few simple guidelines to follow.
If you are a fan of spicy foods, choose a low-acid wine such as a fruity Riesling or Pinot Gris. Lighter dishes of gamey meats such as duck or venison, suit Pinot Noir and seafood that has a great fat content like salmon can pair with a juicy Merlot.
Make your next gathering with family and friends a fun time of trying a new grape and finding its perfect partner in food. With 2000 grapes to choose from – you will have many exciting times ahead.