How to match food with the right wine

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Laura Jewell, Tesco's Master of Wine, has picked her six favourite wines for ideal matching with a variety of popular foods. Read her suggestions and you can try matching them all with our delicious recipes.

Beef: Any favourite red wine will go with most beef dishes, but an ideal match for a rare roast on a Sunday would be a big, bold Aussie Cabernet such as the Finest* Howcroft Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. A rich, dark berry flavoured wine with coffee and tobacco complexity, it will also complement more everyday beef dishes with tomatoes and herbs such as meatballs or Penne Bolognese.

Lamb: The ultimate wine match has to be Rioja from northern Spain. Try Tesco Vina Mara Rioja Crianza 2006. The soft raspberry and redcurrant flavours, lifted by vanilla, is bold enough to partner roast lamb, or stand up to slow-cooked lamb dishes such as lamb shanks.

Chicken: While you don't have to stick to white wine with chicken, one of the ideal combinations is Tesco Finest* White Burgundy. Deliciously vibrant and fresh with a touch of apple pie spice, it's perfect with simply roasted chicken with garlic and herbs, or even cream based or spicier recipes.

Fish and shellfish: Your safest bet with a fish dish, such as luxurious fish pie, is a classic dry French white such as Muscadet or Chablis, but why not try something with a touch more flavour without sacrificing the vibrant zinginess that brings the match to life? Tesco Finest* Fiano, from Sicily delivers a creamy, almondy richness with crisp elegance and a hint of apples and pears.

Vegetarian: Whether it's simply roasted vegetables or perhaps a cheese dish such as a lasagne, you need a wine to match the strength of flavours. The Tesco Finest* Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc is a great all - rounder, with crunchy apple and ripe pear balanced by a buttered toast character which adds depth to the tropical notes.

Asian and spicy: The ideal combination takes into account the heat, spiciness and sweetness of dishes such as Indian or Thai curry, and dishes of this kind need a robust wine with zingy acidity to balance the flavours. Our choice is the Tesco Finest* Tingleup Riesling from Western Australia. Elegant and clean, with great lime blossom aromas.

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