Baffled by the difference between a Barolo and a Barbaresco?
Can’t tell your claret from your beaujolais?
More than half of British wine drinkers stick to the same bottle for around ten years – longer than the length of many a relationship – for fear of the unknown.
Now a new free app promises to take away the confusion in the supermarket aisles by suggesting wines based on what you are eating and how much you want to pay.
Corkscrew compares wines from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Lidl, M&S and Aldi plus chains such as Café Rouge and Cote.
Founder Matthew Gertner says: “Corkscrew was born to demystify the wine selection process and help people feel more confident picking wines.”
Here the app’s sommelier Matt Day pairs 10 dishes with supermarket wines for under a tenner.
The perfect pairings
Chinese chicken with lemon sauce
Match: Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling – £9.99 (Coop)
Matt says: Riesling, originally from Germany, is widely grown in cooler areas. The light wines have sharp lemon acidity. This wine from Clare Valley, South Australia, is bone dry with lime sherbet character, perfect with the tangy lemon sauce.
Fish and Chips
Match: The Best Muscadet – £7 (Morrisons)
Matt says: Muscadet is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape near the mouth of the Loire. Wines are light with a salty, lemony tang. Just like a squeeze of lemon or drop of vinegar the wine helps bring the fish alive and cuts through the stodginess of the chips.
Indian lamb biryani
Match: Busby Estate Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Margaret River – £4.98 (Asda)
Matt says: This Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blend from Western Australia is rich and creamy with lemon, elderflower and vanilla. The slightly sweet edge helps temper spices and its fruit cuts through creamy rice and lamb.
Match: La Piuma Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – £7.99 (Waitrose)
Matt says: Produced in Abruzzo, south-east Italy, the Montepulciano grape makes simple, chunky wines with notes of blackberry jam, cherry and pepper. With a lick of spice, it’s perfect with a Margherita or a pepperoni.
Pot roast chicken with vegetables
Match: Booths White Burgundy – £9.70
Matt says: Chardonnay produces rich, yet understated wines with notes of citrus, white peach and vanilla. With a creamy texture and fresh lemon acidity, white Burgundy is beautiful with soft cheese, poultry, fish and shellfish.
Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding
Match: Pavillon La Tourelle Médoc – £10 (Sainsbury’s)
Matt says: Médoc wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc blends with blackcurrant, plum and spice character. The elegant and subtle fruit flavours work perfectly with red meats. The acidity brings the beef to life.
Salmon fish cakes
Match: Domaine de la Navarre Côtes de Provence Rosé – £9.50 (M&S)
Matt says: Provence Rosé is a blend of red grapes that nearly always includes Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault giving it a strawberry flavour. It works brilliantly with tuna and salmon as the acidity cuts through the richness of the meaty fish.
Match: Domaine Franc Maine Bergerac Rouge – £4.99 (Lidl)
Matt says: Bergerac is just outside Bordeaux in south-west France and uses the same Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend as its more expensive neighbour. Bergerac has soft plum and blackcurrant fruit and a rustic, earthy edge, perfect with this classic dish.
Match: Finest Chianti Classico Riserva – £8 (Tesco)
Matt says: Sangiovese has a Morello cherry, savoury herb, dried tomato and spice character. It’s very acidic, so terrible without food, but sublime with meaty pasta dishes. It’s perfect with pasta sauce, and the acidity cuts through fattiness of beef.
Thai Green Curry with Prawns
Match: Freeman’s Bay Pinot Gris Nelson – £5.69 (Aldi)
Matt says: This wine has an almost oily texture with a touch of sweetness with apricot and spice. Pinot Gris works with strongly flavoured foods, especially spicy Chinese or Indian dishes. Its sweetness offsets the heat of the curry.
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