Sunday 18th December, 12:00 Noon, is the date set aside for the Bay Radio Sunday Brunch Christmas Special On-Air Wine Tasting, with wines recommended for your Christmas Dinner. If you are looking for ideas re wines for Christmas then please listen and you’ll have some fun as well as have some recommendations to impress your family and friends! You can even call in with questions and comments!
It’s coming up to that time again, folks – another On-Air wine tasting in the Bay Radio studios and available to the world by internet (www.bayradio.fm click Listen Live). If you love Spanish wine and are interested in matching different types of wine with various super dishes, then this is the programme for you: Bob and Noelle’s Sunday Brunch 12:00 hrs, Sunday 2nd October 2011. I’ll be in the studio with a couple of bottles, why not join us by listening in, having some fun and learning a bit too?
The next On-Air Wine Tasting on Bay Radio will be on Sunday 11th September from 12:00 – 13:00 hrs Spanish time. I’ll be suggesting two wines to accompany the Recipe of the Week, supplied by co-presenter Noelle (with hubby, Bob). It’s a fun slot where you can learn a little about Spanish wine and maybe choose one (or both!) of the wines next time you are shopping!
A really mouth-watering list of ingredients which needs a similarly flavourful wine to accompany this Antipodean salad! I’m recommending Bodegas Dominio de la Vega’s Sauvignon Blanc 2010, although this is something of a misnomer as there are two other grape varieties used in the blend.
The grassy, herby Sauvignon which has some gooseberry, kiwi and faint passion fruit notes is joined by Chardonnay for added exotic fruit and finally Macabeo which can on occasions produce some very appropriate pear aromas and flavour.
The Sauvignon will be good with the chilli element, the Chardonnay will lift the bacon a touch and the Macabeo will compliment the salad leaves and of course the pear.
Risotto is one of my favourite dishes – an Italian Sangiovese would be ideal here I think, but when in Spain don’t do as the Romans do! We’ll stick with red wine though and go to the more economic end of the wine price-scale. You can buy Bodegas Fariña’s Arco Iris in Mercadonna – in it’s litre bottle, which they claim is better for the environment.
It’s an every-day-drinking wine for enjoying without complication and one which will mix very happily with the risotto. However that’s not to say it is just a glugging wine. The Tempranillo grapes with which it is made have a faint strawberry aroma but darker bramble fruit on the palate – all adding to food/wine combined flavours.