A very Berry Christmas!
In this week’s WEEKEND magazine, Olly pairs the drinks for festive recipes from Mary Berry’s new book ‘Cook & Share’.
Star Almond Mince Pies
Olly’s wine pairing: Fortnum’s Mince Pie & Marmalade Gin Liqueur (27%, 50cl) £35, fortnumandmason.com
A rare splash-out treat like this can also be a generous Christmas gift. With mince pies, this gin liqueur amplifies the dried fruit flavours and is also lovely to pour into a festive after-dinner coffee.
Salmon en Croute with spinach and dill
Olly’s wine pairing: Asda Extra Special Fiano 2021 (12.5%) £6
For salmon en croûte you need good texture as well as freshness in your vino, and this Italian Fiano has a sumptuous peachy flavour with real finesse. It’s a bright and beautiful bargain.
Tiramisu Red Fruit Trifle
Olly’s wine pairing: Moscato d’Asti DOCG Fratelli Antonio e Raimondo 2021 (5%) £ 12.25,
A scented, honey-like fizz is spot on for a fruity finale like this trifle. A touch floral and glorious served chilled in flutes, this sweet treat makes an occasion of the meal’s last moment.
Celery, blue cheese and sage risotto
Olly’s wine pairing: Castellore Grillo 2021 (12.5%) £6.49, Aldi
With a subtle lemon blossom scent and impressively clean definition, this grillo will freshen the palate. And it’s a bit of a steal at this price, too!