Dishes from Tom Kerridge
Chargrilled chicken and noodle salad
Olly’s wine pairing: Erdinger Weissbier Wheat Beer (5.3%) £1.90 and 4 for 3, Asda
In my view there’s no finer match than a wheat beer with a fragrant salad. Peanuts and lime work superbly with the scented character of a light white beer and Erdinger is consistently good. The alcohol-free version is also brilliant.
Steak and Blue Cheese Salad
Olly’s wine pairing: Aldi Specially Selected Australian Shiraz 2020 (14.5%) £5.99
I’d almost forgotten how much I love the plump, dark, fruity splendour of Aussie Shiraz until I tasted this total steal from Aldi. A real flex of blackberry beauty, it’s got the right power for steak and enough fruit to contrast with the salty bite of the blue cheese. And at £5.99 it’s a no-brainer romp of a red for your shopping basket.
Posh Fish Finger Butty
Olly’s wine pairing: La Dame en Rose Sparkling NV (12%) £9, Marks & Spencer
Hello, you beauty! Fizz and a fish finger butty is a treat, and this clever French blend is outrageously splendid for under a tenner.
Blended from unusual grapes for bubbly such as carignan and caladoc, it’s created with bright fruit and easy freshness. This wine is all about fun.
Harissa - Roast Pumpkin & Feta Salad
Olly’s wine pairing: Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2021 (13.5%) £8.50, Sainsbury’s
Plush peachiness with a waft of honeysuckle, this is an ideal match for the caramelisation that roasting the pumpkin brings.
Fermented with naturally occurring yeast, the complexity this wine delivers is worth seeking out.
Carrot Fritters with Herby Yoghurt
Olly’s wine pairing: Marks & Spencer Found Feteasca Regala 2021 (11.5%) £7
Whenever your recipe has anything fragrant, such as herby yoghurt, grab this little-known Romanian grape.
It’s astonishingly good for the price and has plenty of exotic juicy flavour to echo the natural sweet tint of carrot without going overboard on the aromatics.
Blueberry Baked Cheesecake
Olly’s wine pairing: Innocent Bystander Sparkling Rosé Moscato 2021 (5.5%) £11.95, slurp.co.uk
A real favourite of mine, this is charming to pour nice and cold with a blueberry cheesecake. At just 5.5%, it’s a dancer rather than a heavy dessert wine, and the fizz lifts the palate splendidly after a meal. Indulgent yet light, it’s a conundrum of sheer scrumptiousness.
Olly’s wine pairing: Coteaux du Layon St Aubin Domaine des Forges (12.5%, 50cl) £9.99, Waitrose
Made from chenin blanc grapes, this dessert wine tastes like Golden Delicious apples dipped in syrup.
Magnificent with a crumble thanks to a similar level of sweetness, it also has a refreshing zestiness to the finish which cleanses the palate. Serve chilled in small glasses.