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Perfect pairings: wine matches for your favourite meals

It can be tricky choosing the perfect wine for your meal, should it be sweet or with some acidity? Should it have bold flavours or delicate notes? The possibilities are endless. Whether you’re looking for a robust bottle of red for your Sunday roast or something bubbly for a special brunch, our guide to pairing wine with what we know are your most-cooked meals should make it easier. Or, for more wine advice, try the Tesco Sommelier Messaging Service.

  1. How do I use the new Sommelier Messaging Service?

    How do I use the new Sommelier Messaging Service?

    If you're looking for the perfect wine pairing for your roast dinner, pizza night or even your humble eggs on toast, expert help is now available from the palm of your hand. From 18 March-16 April, you can request on demand recommendations by text based on your budget, tastes and menu from a panel of experts, headed up by TV presenter and wine expert Helen McGinn supported by 20 sommeliers and wine waiters from across the UK.

    Simply text the experts what kind of wine you like drinking and what you're planning on cooking, and you'll be sent your perfect wine pairing. To get started, text WINE to 82228 between 12pm and 7pm daily for real-time suggestions within 30 minutes.

    To show our gratitude to wine waiters and restaurant staff for many special evenings spent drinking and eating out, Tesco will donate £1 for every wine recommendation delivered to Hospitality Action, the industry's charity. T&Cs apply, please see below.*

  2. Which wine pairs best with eggs?

    Which wine pairs best with eggs?

    When it comes to the best wine for serving with eggs, Tesco wine expert, Graham Nash, says the choice will depend on what you're eating alongside them as this will probably be the most dominant flavour on your plate. 

    He said: "If you're cooking a frittata with fresh herbs and lots of spring veg; a crisp dry white such as a Sauvingnon Blanc would work well. If it's a richer dish - perhaps an omlette with bacon, mushrooms and cheese - a richer, creamier white such as a lightly oaked Chardonnay will complement the flavours."

    For a special brunch, Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne would work wonders with these sweet potato rostis, mushrooms and poached eggs.

  3. What's the best wine for a roast dinner?

    What's the best wine for a roast dinner?

    However you flex your roast centrepiece, a traditional Sunday dinner with all the trimmings always has lots of flavour on the plate, so finding a wine to stand up to those flavours can be tricky.

    For roast chicken or a nut roast, Graham says a fruity Pinot Noir or Merlot would contrast nicely with the savoury flavours.

    If you're going for heartier flavours, Graham says: "full bodied reds like those from Rioja or Ribera del Duero work particularly well with rich red meats because of their bold flavour, structure and tannins, which help soften tough textures and cut through the richness."

    Try Ribera del Duero with this one-tray lamb with rosemary and feta.

  4. Which wine pairs with pizza?

    Which wine pairs with pizza?

    A homemade pizza and good wine is a no-brainer but it's the choice of toppings that will determine the right bottle for the job. "For a classic margarita or veg-topped pizzas, a medium-bodied zesty red works nicely as it will pair well with the zingy tomato sauce and cut through the richness of the cheese," says Graham.

    Italian classics like Chianti Classico and Valpolicella are a great versatile choice here.

    If you’re a meat-lover, Graham says go for Nero D'Avola or a Primitivo and if white pizza is your thing, pair it with a floral medium-bodied Italian white such as Gavi, Falanghina or Pecorino.

  5. Which wine is best for hearty stews?

    Which wine is best for hearty stews?

    A cold day calls for a warming stews and casseroles and the go-to match is a rich red with a touch of spice like wine from the Rhône. Graham says: "they will be full-flavoured but not over-powering and bold enough to stand up to the rich flavours and gravy."

    This beef stew, for example, would be complemented perfectly with this Palais St Vigni Cotes Du Rhone Villages.

  6. What's the best wine with sausage and mash?

    What's the best wine with sausage and mash?

    Bangers and mash is a mainstay of any weeknight menu. Graham says: "A medium to full-bodied red with bright, ripe, fresh fruit flavours would work nicely, cutting through the fattiness of the sausage and lightening the dish."

    Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec or Shiraz from Chile or Argentina are good bottles to start with, or you could try a red from the Languedoc-Roussillon. The rich flavours, peppery spice and herbal hints of this French wine are wonderful with hearty, rustic foods.

  7. Terms and Conditions

    *Texts to this service are charged at the Standard Network Messaging Rate as you have agreed with your network provider, including the single initial text to the non-premium 82228 number.

    Some network providers charge additional fees to text short codes. if you would prefer you can also use the service by texting the long form number - simply text WINE to 07984445993.

    Standard network rate messages apply. One charge only will be billed per request, this will be at your standard network rate.

    Requests to Tesco SMS are answered by real people and as such, responses will be slower at busy times and the service may be subject to limits.

    Tesco will donate £1 for every completed SMS delivery (ie. the final text in the sequence), during the operational hours of the service.

    You must be 18+ to use the service.