Monday, 14 March 2016

Celebrate Pi Day with these wine and pie pairings

PiDay is officially upon us. This event may be designed to celebrate the mathematical concept of ‘pi,’ but a lot of people mark it by tucking into a nice tasty ‘pie’ instead. If you want to team one of these gorgeous pastries with wine to create a true culinary experience, stick around. The Ideal Wine Company reveals which wines to pair with some of your favourite pies.

Roast Vegetable pies

This pastry dish can be really varied, so the bottles you choose should depend on your roast vegetable pie’s main ingredients. If it contains things like red onions or coriander, go for a light white. A Riesling or a Chenin Blanc would work really well here. However, a Rhône-style Syrah, like the Hermitage La Chapelle 1985, works fantastically if your pie has elements such as cumin and sweet potatoes.

Chicken pot pies

A total classic, chicken pot pie never gets old. However, if you want to add a new twist to this favourite and pair it with wine, opt for a dry white. This will really complement the chicken. If you pour yourself a glass of Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc before you tuck into your chicken pot pie, you’ll give yourself a treat your taste buds are sure to thank you for!

Steak and kidney pie

These pies can be really weighty, so you might want to go for a heavy wine to achieve the right balance. Steak and kidney pie tastes wonderful with full-bodied reds, particularly those produced in Bordeaux. We’d suggest you buy the Chateau Palmer 1989 here. Produced in Bordeaux’s illustrious Medoc region, this bottle boasts the unique character needed to set off a steak and kidney pie!

Apple pie

Most people say that sweet pies should be paired with dessert wines. This can work well but if you want to be more adventurous, try a Port instead. The caramel-infused flavour of a decent Port basically makes apple pie taste like caramel apples, which is great if you have a sweet tooth! The Fonsecas Finest 1977 Vintage Port, which you can purchase from us, would serve as the perfect choice here.

Experiment with pi

We’ve only just scratched the surface. Pie is a very versatile dish - there are so many kinds! Whatever kind of wine you love, there will be a pie somewhere that matches it; you just have to find the right one! Instead of doing sums this Pi Day, why don’t you do some experimenting, so you can find the right wine and pie pairing for your taste buds!