Use your loaf!

In the week’s WEEKEND magazine, Olly pairs the drinks for mouthwatering bread based dishes!

Creamy raspberry and lemon bread and butter pudding

Olly’s wine pairing: Marks & Spencer Fizzero Rosé NV (0%) £4.50

I’m going for a no-alcohol option here to let the pudding take centre stage. This zero-booze sparkler is excellent value with easy, bright refreshment and just enough fruitiness to work with the recipe.

Cinnamon French toast with summer fruits

Olly’s wine pairing: Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto D’Acqui 2020 (7%) £16.50,

A bit of a splash-out here on a hidden Italian gem. Scented as a rose petal and sweet as the ripest cherry, this pink sparkler delivers an instant sense of occasion. It works a charm with a treat like cinnamon toast. And at just 7% alcohol it’s ideal for brunch.

Steak, blue cheese and red onion sandwich

Olly’s wine pairing: Tesco Finest Saint-Chinian 2020 (13.5%) £9

Heavenly, spicy and scented, this French red blend is divinely deep to match the richness of steak. Look out for its alluring aromatic flourish – think black olives with pizzazz, spot on for the salty blue cheese and bite of the onion. Top tip: decant it to amp up the aromas beautifully

Panzanella salad with tomatoes, onion and red peppers

Olly’s wine pairing: Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (13.5%) £10.99, Waitrose

Sauvignon Blanc loves the natural acidity of tomatoes, and it can handle tangy vinegar in recipes too. New Zealand’s Marlborough region still offers extraordinary character without breaking the bank if you know where to look, and this beauty is layered with tantalising tropical verve. 

Breaded fish with quick homemade tartare sauce

Olly’s wine pairing: The Society’s Greek White 2021 (12.5%) £8.95,

Not only is this a gorgeous match with breaded white fish, it’s a prime reason to join The Wine Society! With fabulous fragrance and exotic zing, it’s a unique blend of local grapes. For under £10 this sort of quality and value must be shared with friends and family… before I buy the lot! Available from Monday.

This article was originally published in the Daily Mail’s WEEKEND magazine in Saturday 3rd September 2022.

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

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