Pairings for Rick’s Quick Classics

In last Saturday’s WEEKEND magazine, Olly pairs the drinks for Rick Stein’s quick classic dishes…

Haddock fillets with Spring Onions, Red Pepper & Lemon Juice

Olly’s wine pairing: Tesco Finest Rioja Blanco 2022 (13%) £10

White Rioja is handsome value for money, and this bright, crisp white has all the freshness and moreish magic needed for Haddock Fillets With Spring Onions, Red Pepper & Lemon Juice. Dive into its classy dreamy quality.

Chicken Saltimbocca

Olly’s wine pairing: Gewurztraminer Cave de Turckheim 2021 (13.5%) £10.95,

Rick’s father used to choose an Alsace Gewurztraminer to serve with Chicken Saltimbocca, so in his honour I’m recommending this exotic mellow fruity beauty that is as fragrant as a rose. Cheers to Rick!

Harissa Lamb steaks with Chickpea Mash & Tomato Salad

Olly’s wine pairing: M&S Found Saperavi 2021 (13.5%) £10

Deep and radiant as a black cherry in a gold mine, this dark Georgian red matches perfectly with the Harissa Lamb Steaks, having the power for harissa and the silkiness for lamb. Simply top red wine from off the beaten track.

Sausages with Lentil & Cider

Olly’s wine pairing: Sxollie Golden Delicious Cider (4.5%, 500ml) £2.35, Sainsbury’s

Made with no added sugar or concentrate, this lip-smacking cider from South Africa is nothing less than a dazzler to pair with Sausages With Lentils & Cider – and dangerously drinkable! Serve cool.

Mushroom & Thyme Tart

Olly’s wine pairing: St Austell Proper Job (5.5%, 500ml) £2, Waitrose

Beer has always been a classic pairing with pizza, and this Cornish gem contains exactly the right upbeat hoppy vibrancy for your next pizza night treat. Make sure you serve it cold for the best experience.

One-Pot Meatballs with Orzo & Tomato Sauce

Olly’s wine pairing: Specially Selected Toscana Rosso 2021 (14%) £9.99, Aldi

Tasting like a far pricier ‘Super Tuscan’-style red, this is sensational quality for under a tenner and divine with One-Pot Meatballs With Tomato Sauce & Orzo. A total winner from Aldi.

Seafood Noodle Soup with Pak Choi

Olly’s wine pairing: Hans Wirsching Silvaner Trocken 2022 (12.5%) £16.25,

This is wine you can wow your friends with – and a delicious treat with the Seafood Noodle Soup thanks to its peachy-melon purity and delightfully fresh finish (think sea breeze). Amazing.

This article was originally published in the Daily Mail’s WEEKEND magazine on Saturday 7th October 2023.

Read the full column and get all the lip smacking recipes HERE.

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