Wine and chips are a combination not often paired, but it shouldn’t be the case.
It’s time to start drinking Cabernet Sauvignon with our Crinkle Cut Fries!
Wine expert Sam Wylie-Harris has picked out the top 6 wines to have with your chips.
Sam said: “We’re a nation of chip lovers. In fact, our orders of crinkle cut, wedges or skinny pommes frites mean that in one year alone we eat nearly three billion meals containing chips.
“This week is the perfect time to celebrate that.
“It’s also a perfect time to celebrate the wines that go with a humble spud; those weekday bottles that sit so nicely alongside the salt and vinegar, ketchup and a variety of other flavours”
Sam’s Top 6 Wines To Accompany Your Chips:
1. A steal at the price, stylish and a terrific match with fish and chips, a cava such as Extra Special Mas Miralda Vintage Cava 2011, Spain (currently £6 reduced from £7.98, Asda) has the richness and acidic structure to cut through the batter, balance the flavours and provide some delicious, creamy, lemony refreshment to this seaside staple.
2. More Loire Valley cruise than a take-away from the local chippy, a crisp sauvignon blanc from Sancerre has the freshness to compliment flaky fish with tartare sauce. Try Gold International Wine Challenge medal-winning Tesco Finest Sancerre 2013, France (£11.99, Tesco) which is aromatic with intense grapefruit and gooseberry flavours, a racy, citrusy finish and good minerality to cope with frites dipped into a sharp tartare sauce.
3. Meanwhile, Les Hauts De Bergelle Blanc 2011, Saint Mont, France (£6.99, Majestic) has all the fruity goodness to go with chicken and chips. Whether it’s deep-fried or a bronzed bird with oven baked McCains, this easy-drinking white from south west France is a blend of local grapes, and the vibrant tropical fruit aromas – with ctirus, grassy, pear flavours mingling with nutty notes from partial oak ageing – make it very drinkable.
4. Another crowd pleaser, reach for a bottle of Chianti like Fiorenza Chianti DOCG 2013, Italy (£5.99, Netto) and you’ll be rewarded with baskets of cherry-laden fruit from the sangiovese grape. A smooth, easy drinking red that’s medium-bodied with luscious red fruit flavours and sweet, spicy notes on the nose, it’s the perfect accompaniment to an Aberdeen Angus burger and French fries.
5. Elsewhere, Chilean winery Cono Sur are one of the country’s best producers and Cono Sur Los Gansos Merlot 2013, Chile (£6.50, www.thewinesociety.com) offers outstanding value for so much flavour. A silky smooth merlot that can also be relied upon to beef up a burger and chips (there’s a splash of cabernet in the blend), it’s jammy on the nose with sweet spices and herbs, ripe forest fruits and smooth tannins on the lingering finish.
6. Not forgetting the merits of a suave malbec with steak and chips, Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina (£13.99, www.latitudewine.co.uk) is opulent and rich with concentrated dark plum and blackberry fruits, spiced red berries, black pepper and a hint of vanilla on the powerful, spicy finish that’s cushioned with soft tannins. Highly rated, the Kaiken estate was founded in 2002 by famous Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes and the range comprises 11 wines.