Our top picks: March
Each month, we will be bringing you our top picks of seasonal ingredients, our wine recommendations and important dates for your calendar.
March is packed full of culinary events, so get practicing your pastry skills ahead of British Pie Week and get in touch if you are in need of some inspiration to switch up your wine offering.
Purple Sprouting Broccoli - Eat with the Seasons
Spring veg can be paired with a number of wines depending on the dish but fresh whites such as Pinot Gris, Bacchus, Sauvignon Blanc, Grüner Veltliner or dry Furmint can shine. Other seasonal ingredients include carrots, spring greens, pigeon, halibut, bass and sea trout.
British Pie Week – 4th – 10th March
A good pie on a menu is a wonderfully comforting thing but it can also be an opportunity to get creative and show off the diversity of this dish. Cottage pie, fish pie, steak and ale or pork pies are just a few of the nations favourites and require very different wine matching of course. The familiarity of a good quality Chardonnay like Dewetshof’s Bon Vallon with a fish pie is a great combination, while a claret like Chateau La Gardera Bordeaux Superieur would go down nicely with a classic steak-based pie. Whether or not it has to be encased in pastry to count as a real pie is another debate!
The creamy, buttery, parsley loveliness of moules marinière has a soulmate in a good lees-aged Muscadet but can also sing alongside a white Bordeaux or Aussie Semillon Sauvignon. Try the biodynamic Château Peybonhomme Blanc or Stranveld Wines’ take on the Sauvignon Semillon blend ‘Adamastor’ from Cape Agulhas.
Shrove Tuesday – 5th March
Whether it’s the more traditional sweet pancake or perhaps a savoury ‘Breton galette’, this is a definite culinary day of celebration.
Mother’s Day – 31st March
It’s a time for treating and we have a wide range of beautiful sparkling wines to do just that! Whether it’s a decadent afternoon tea or a pre-dinner glass, Champagne takes some beating. AR Lenoble have recently launched their Brut Intense Mag 14 containing a portion of reserve wines which have been aged in magnum bottles to retain freshness.