WSET Student

Kate De Carlo

When you signed up for the EDW food and wine pairing lunch what did you want to have happen?

Food and wine pairing has never been my strong point – always passing the wine list on at restaurants, usually going with a recommendation and hoping I’ll enjoy the result. My main aim was to learn why some foods go well with some wines, and to hopefully try a few new combinations. I also hoped that there would be a surprise or two to broaden my horizons, and steer me away from the limited range of pairings I usually go for at home.

My limited pairings included Muscadet with fish, Merlot or Malbec with red meat, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with anything and everything or just on its own! Knowing I like other wines, but not knowing what goes well prevented me from trying different things.

Food and wine pairing workshop – appreciate that so much is personal preference

With the wines we tried on the day, I was very pleasantly surprised at how well some wines that I would not have even tried with or without the food pairings went so well. I appreciate that so much is personal preference, and that aside, the Riesling with both a savoury and a sweet course totally took me by surprise in a very good way – this is not a wine I would usually choose.

Food and wine pairing workshop – Valpolicella with fish

The biggest surprise I had was to find that a Valpolicella Ripasso not only was perfect with steak, but incredibly good with seasoned fish and chips, as was the Amarone Della Valpolicella (tartare sauce is a must).

Since the pairing day my dilemma has been what to try first! I now spend longer and longer perusing in the wine aisles in supermarkets and off-licenses, and have purchased bottles for the tasting experience at home. I don’t think I’ve had any of the ‘old favourites ‘ in weeks!

Food and wine pairing workshop – new found confidence!

I am enjoying this new found confidence in food and wine pairing, so perhaps this is a good excuse to go out for dinner and not pass the wine list on!

Our website has lots of information about the fun food and wine pairing workshop Kate attended here