Most Awesome Wine and Salad Pairings!

Every new year’s resolution needs a kick-start and if yours for next year is living healthier then this could be all the motivation you need as we pair up the best salads with some of the yummiest wines. Well with the perfect pairings you might not want to wait till next year to make every day a wine and salad occasion.

Green House Salad

When pairing salads and wines the biggest challenge is the dressing, most dressing used in salads are vinegar-based, which makes it high in acid. The main rule is to remember acid with acid so in pairing wine that is low in acidity would not provide the best option and in this case, Albarino wine is a great option since it is high-acid and will match vinaigrette-style salad dressings.

Nicoise Salad

Anchovies, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, tuna, and lots of green beans are all part of this French salad best matched with a dry rose wine. The salad is made with a blend of greens while it also contains fatty tuna, therefore one of the dry rose wines to try are those produced by Languedoc.

Caesar Salad

A wine with a fuller body has the best chance of standing up to the creamy dressing of this amazing salad. What will empower the dressing is an oaky Chardonnay especially a lightly oaked Chardonnay from Australia or Washington.

Waldorf Salad

Lots of flavours blend to provide a salad to remember yet the flavour highlights include apples, grapes, a light mayonnaise dressing and walnuts that offers creamy goodness to any salad lover. The wine to pair with this wonderful salad burst of flavour is the aromatic grape Gewürztraminer with a profile of lychee, honeyed fruit and residual sugar and best to try is the Alsace.

Crunchy Noodle Salad

Key ingredients in the much preferred crunchy noodle salad are sesame, ginger and honey perfectly pairing with Riesling, these residual sugars complement all the tangy and sweet flavours in the salad. The best wine is that produced in Germany such as the Mosel.

Goat Cheese Salad

It is often said that what grows in harmony, belongs together and this is most certainly true in goat cheese salad. The crisp acidity and the zesty flavours are perfectly offered in Sauvignon Blanc and the best wines to shop for are the Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre from the Loire Valley.

Cobb Salad

Avocado, hard-boiled eggs, chicken and bacon are everything you imagine when you hear the word cobb salad and the best wines to pair this delicious salad with light roses and whites. It is the lighter wines you should try such as the Pinot Noir or Beaujolais from the Loire Valley.

The great news is that if you want to live a healthy salad life then you could also have your dessert and drink it! Sugars and acids all present in fruit-salads are masterfully paired with the taste of Moscato d’Asti which well matches the acids as well as the sugars.

2018 Wine Trends

As wine experts examine the trends in 2018 from around the world they include everything from Keg Wine to the best wine bars and, also, pays attention to the newfound appreciation for sherry, so should you long to expand your palette here are this year’s biggest wine trends.

English Wines

English Wines remains part of a growing trend, even more so with Brexit, the high quality of sparkling wines is also fully recognised in 2018. So, in this home-grown industry, the big thing is the single site still wines.

Etna

From the Mount Etna slopes comes an Italian wine that is seen by many as the fines in Europe. Consumers recognise the quality wine, even more, this year according to Rudd & Berry Bros., and it is indeed a year to enjoy high altitude, volcanic white wines as well as red from Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese. A strong performance is also predicted for wines from Italy such as the fine wines enjoyed a 10% increase in sales compared to the previous year. There are also indications that traditions wines from the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions will be popular.

Keg Wine

One of the most exciting things is that 2018 is the year for the next wine dispensing trend, while previous trends included wine in a can and a bag in a box, this year it is all about Keg wine. Wine lovers prefer a wine serving mechanism that is easy to pour and taint free and the less wastage the happier the wine enthusiasts are.

Brighter, Lighter Reds

The move away full-bodied reds and over-extracted wines continue toward brighter and lighter wine styles, which includes Sangiovese and Langhe Nebbiolo from Italy, with the primary focus on red wine with fruit characters. An increase of 70% in sales comes from quality wines such as the Beaujolais Curs in France.

The Loire Red Wines

Some of the finest white wines in the world are produced by France’s Loire region, these include the Pouilly Fumé and Sancerre. The will be joined by the reds from the Loire, which have been patiently waiting for the spotlight for far too long and this year they are bound to be the tastiest favourites.

Sherry

Sherry is part of every trend it is popular every year and it will be no different in 2018, what is bound to become the sherry of choice is the Palo Cortado and the Oloroso. Both carefully aged, Almacenistas oversees the maturation of sherry over many years before it can be sold to the Bodegas. The ageing of sherry is nothing short of a artistry at work and the older and rarer sherry becomes the more their sales increase and last year already saw a 68% increase year on year.

South Africa

South Africa’s new wave of younger winemakers continues to make waves in the industry as people from around the world continues to search for quality and value in wine. The wines to look out for are from Mullineux, Eben, Sadie, Craven and that is naming only a few of the exciting wines produced by South Africa.