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Wines for Comfort Food

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In her article in Delicious Magazine on the best wines for comfort food, Susy Atkins recommends a selection of wines to complement hearty dishes. Suzy highlights wines that pair well with classics such as chilli, fish pie and roast chicken, offering a variety of options from different regions and at different price points.

The Baron Amarillo Rioja Joven NV from Spain, priced at only £4.69 and available at Aldi, is noted for its soft spice, plum, and strawberry notes, making it suitable for red meat casseroles or rich bean chilli. The Loved and Found Touriga Nacional 2021 from the Algarve, Portugal, priced at £8.99 and available at Waitrose, stands out for its rarity in the UK market and is recommended for dishes like chops or roast leg of pork due to its cooked brambles, black pepper and firm structure.

The Taste the Difference Discovery Collection Château Villegly Minervois 2021 from France, available for £11 at Sainsbury’s, is a blend of Syrah and Grenache, praised for its hearty robustness, juicy red plums and cassis with a sprinkle of clove and cinnamon, suitable for a lamb tagine or a cheese-topped bake. The M&S Collection Tradición Malbec 2022 from Mendoza, Argentina, available at Marks & Spencer for £12, is highlighted for its soft, rounded nature with ripe black cherries and a toasty note from French oak barrels, perfect for peppered steak.

The Best Uco Valley Chardonnay 2022, also from Mendoza, Argentina, priced at £8.50 and available at Morrisons, is recommended for its bright fruitiness and balanced richness, making it a great match for hearty fish pie or lemony roast chicken. Lastly, the Stellenrust Stellenbosch Manor Barrel-Fermented Chenin Blanc 2021 from South Africa, priced at £15 and available at Tesco, is noted for its oak-aged complexity, with spice, vanilla, and a note of tea biscuit, suitable for a hearty vegetable quiche or cheese and potato pasties.