CHRIS STAINES’ WINES OF THE MONTH
My cooking is all about the integration of different flavours and textures, and I’ve learnt that getting the right wine to match a dish, really brings out the best in it. We’ve got an exclusive and extensive wine list at the Allium, but we know that sometimes, you may just want a couple of ideas to help you choose your wine, rather than browsing through our award-winning selection.
So I’ve chosen four wines, which match perfectly with the current dishes on the menu these are unusual, lesser-known wines, which we’re proud to say, are unique to the Allium wine list – you won’t find them anywhere else in Bath.
URBAN TORRONTES 2013, Argentina
Torrontes is a fruity, spicy, aromatic grape variety and style of wine from Argentina, which is perfectly suited to bold Asian-inspired dishes; on its own, it’s exotic, fragrant and perfumed – pair it with some of the bolder dishes, such as the glazed quail, and it’s a perfect match, with a fresh, citrus twist, but enough richness and spice to provide the perfect partnership.
ROUSSANNE RUSTENBERG ESTATE 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa
This is a rich, succulent dry white from one of South Africa’s top estates. Ripe, and full-bodied, it’s made from the little-known, spicy Roussanne grape, and is full of peach and apricot aromas and flavours –soft, smooth and warm, it’s a great food wine and a good choice with both fish and chicken dishes on the menu, and a good choice for our seasonal menu, as we edge out of winter and into spring.
WILDFLOWER, J LOHR 2011, California, USA
As we move towards Summer, softer, lighter styles of reds are great, both for the weather and because they work so well with spicy dishes. This one is really unusual, and from an unheard grape variety called Valdiguie – if you think you don’t like red wine, or if you only like light reds, give this one a try – juicy, fruity, lively and full of delicious red berry fruit, it’s perfect with anything with a hint of spice on the menu – it works with fish, chicken and red meats. Dare to be different.
URBAN MALBEC 2012, Mendoza, Argentina
This rich, spicy red was recently voted ‘best value restaurant red’ by Olive Magazine – and you won’t find it anywhere else in the South West, let alone Bath. From Argentina’s national grape variety, Malbec, it’s rich, bold, and full of dark, brooding fruit; spicy, warm and soft, with no harsh edges, it’s a superb glass of wine with all the game and meat dishes on the menu – and perfect for a glass on its own.