A Tour Through the World's Notable Food and Wine Regions

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Vintage Cellars
February 28, 2018
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When it comes to establishing the best regional food and wine pairings, it’s always a good idea to keep this simple formula in mind: what grows together, goes together.

There’s a nice symbiosis about pairing food with wine from the same place, and it helps to know a little about the region in which your wine was made. Some of the below regions are familiar names and others might be a surprising addition to your dinner table. Yet, all produce food that is just as exciting and flavoursome as their wine.

Here’s a rundown of some of our favourites.

1. Piedmont – Italy

When it comes to famous food and wine regions in Italy, Tuscany usually gets most of the attention. This is for good reason – Tuscany is the home of chianti and has both black and white truffles in abundance (hence their famous tagliatelle al tartufo pasta covered in truffle sauce).

However, in the last few years the region of Piedmont in Italy’s north has attracted increasing attention. Described as “Tuscany without the crowds”, Piedmont is home to the Langhe and Roero wine regions, with the former producing popular barolo and barbaresco red wines and the latter making the light, floral white wine, arneis.

As for the food, the region is also well known for white truffles. So, why not serve up a tasty white truffle risotto with a bottle of Azelia Dolcetto d’Alba for an authentic Piedmont experience?

2. Catalonia – Spain

We love the range and flavour profiles of Spanish wines and in terms of the most prominent areas of production, it’s difficult to look past Catalonia. This region is synonymous with flavour profiles of the Mediterranean coast – think tomatoes, garlic, fresh vegetables and vibrant seafood.

With regards to wine, Catalonia is home to cava: Spain’s most famous dry sparkling. Cava is produced in the same way as champagne, but with different grapes – the three main grapes being macabeu, parellada and xarello. Evoke the feeling of sitting by the Spanish coast, by serving a bottle of Spain’s La Vuelta Spanish Cava with a fresh slice of cod.

3. Provence – France

Known for its colourful markets and sun-drenched lavender fields, Provence is a food and wine lover’s playground. In fact, between 1965 and 1992, Julia Childs, the well know American chef and writer, chose to make the region her French home.

It’s classically Mediterranean – meaning most of its produce is light, fresh and found in the ocean. But it’s also famous for growing the grenache and mourvèdre grape, which helps create the region’s signature rosé wines.

To get a taste of it for yourself, we recommend a delicious bottle of Manon Cotes De Provence Rose. It’s crisper and drier than most rosés, making it the ideal choice for a classic Provençal dish, bouillabaisse.

4. Marlborough – New Zealand

Though a familiar name now, a few decades ago Marlborough wasn’t considered as notable as other famous regions around the globe. This has all changed now. The US in particular has developed an appetite for crisp Marlborough wines, importing over $571 million worth every year.

One of the reasons why these wines have jumped in popularity is the growing trend towards lighter, more health-conscious foods which call for a fruitier, fresher accompaniment.

For the perfect Marlborough tasting plate, we’d recommend pairing a bottle of The People's Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with a delicious platter of whitebait fritters, a dozen oysters or some green-lipped mussels, that are plentiful in the Marlborough Sounds.

Not only does the wine’s fresh acidity go perfectly with the salty tang of the shellfish, its long and mouthwatering finish will serve as the perfect last taste to a delightful evening spent with friends. Enjoy.