Drinks with James Martin’s Potatoes
Nibbles with Warm Cheese Fondue
A glorious blend from Portugal, this has a delightful scent of orange blossom and a rich texture to cover all bases with the nibbles as well as chime with the glossy fondue. Boasting long-lasting flavours and a subtle gingery lift, it should put Portuguese white wine on the map.
Ham-Hock Broth and Soft boiled deep-fried eggs
Olly’s wine pairing: Loin de l’Oeil Gaillac 2021 (12%) £8.49, Waitrose
A rare grape on supermarket shelves, loin de l’oeil tastes like an appley windfall – imagine a golden delicious apple and you’re not far off its unique autumnal taste. With a bit of gutsy texture too, it’s fabulous with ham.
Thai Green Curry with Sea Bass
This is a genius white made by star South African winemaker Trizanne Barnard. Minerally and bright as stardust with a gentle fragrance, it’s a comet of a wine to lift the aromatics in this Thai green curry without overwhelming the delicate sea bass. If you haven’t tasted grenache gris before, I urge you to start with this one.
Crab cakes with Katsu Curry Sauce
Olly’s wine pairing: M&S Found Furmint 2021 (12%) £8
Furmint is a highly prized local Hungarian grape, and rest assured that thanks to the skill of Château Dereszla, which stretches back many centuries, you’re getting a wealth of know-how in this sub-ten pound wine. Fresh as a pineapple chiselled from an iceberg, it has aromatic depth and immense purity to offset the gentle spice in this dish.
Potato Sausage Traybake
Olly’s wine pairing: Specially Selected Kooliburra The Reprobates 2021 (14.5%) £7.99, Aldi
The Aussies make terrifically fun, bold reds like this one, which manages to feel both plush and richly fruity all at once. Spot on for an autumnal traybake featuring bangers, this blend is crafted from grenache, shiraz and mourvedre – the three musketeers of spicy splendour in wine!