Mother's Day provides us with a great reason to get outside and enjoy Autumn here at Taylors it's that magical time when the leaves on the trees are turning those beautiful hues of yellow, red and orange. There is nothing that beats catching the sun lighting up a brightly-coloured tree in full Autumn display! We love to celebrate our mums with a the perfect brunch or a picnic at the vineyard, and a bottle or three of beautiful wine. Of course, you could also crank up the barbie on the beach or in the park, and enjoy some delicious fresh steak or seafood with wines to match. Or if you choose to celebrate with a dinner, a hearty cassoulet is a perfect accompaniment to these cooler evenings. Whatever you choose to do, here's our Mother's Day guide to matching your celebratory food and wine, and some suggested menu ideas.
General Guidelines to Matching Food and Wine
Matching food and wine follows pretty much the same principles, no matter the occasion. You need to consider the food you are serving, its weight, flavour intensity and type, the ingredients and cooking methods and find a wine with similar characteristics. As an example, a heavy meat cassoulet should match well with a full-bodied semi-tannic Cabernet Sauvignon, while a white wine with citrus flavours would go well with fish flavoured with lemon. Other combinations include:
• Pinot Noir - pairs well with earthy dishes such as roast duck, lamb kofta, or Italian pasta salad. Taylors Estate Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied wine with cherry and strawberry notes, a silky palate and a subtle savoury earthiness.
• Sauvignon Blanc - can match well with antipasto, salads, party food, Asian dishes, seafood curry, and vegetarian dishes. A Taylors Estate Sauvignon Blanc with its tropical fruit flavours and delicate acidity would go well with any of these dishes.
• Pinot Gris - an elegant Taylors Estate Pinot Gris with pear and citrus flavours would go well with salmon, chicken, turkey and salads.
• Shiraz - a light-bodied Shiraz pairs well with pizza, chicken, kangaroo, pasta dishes and barbecue beef.
The food and wine you select for Mother's Day really depends on the way you intend celebrating it. Light party food and a celebratory atmosphere may go better with some fun bubbles, such as a delicious Moscato, while a cosy and hearty beef dish served by a roaring fire on a cool night would marry well with a full-bodied red.
Some celebratory menu suggestions for Mother's Day Brunch
Mother's Day is of course the day when traditionally mum gets breakfast brought to her in bed but why not throw an indulgent brunch for the whole family to enjoy. French toast is a classic choice for brunch, it's quick and easy and always a winner! If it's too early in the day for wine, some fresh orange juice or beautiful leaf tea might do the trick. Then again, if it's not too early, something bubbly such as Taylors Estate Pinot Noir Chardonnay would be nice! If the weather is favourable, a picnic is a lovely way to celebrate with family members. Here are some food and wine ideas:
• French Toast topped with mascarpone cream and berries cooked with Promised Land Merlot or Cabernet Merlot.
• Roast vegetable pizza, red onion tart or Italian pasta salad would pair well with Taylors Estate Pinot Noir.
• Italian antipasto or bruschetta served with a bottle of St Andrews Riesling.
• Chargrilled salmon kebabs with a bottle of Fiano.
• Roast pumpkin, spinach and feta salad with a Pinot Noir Rosé
If you prefer a barbecue, don't forget to stock up beforehand with some delicious wines to accompany the feast! Ideas include: Barbecued T-bone steak and salsa or chilli served with a bottle of Shiraz. Thai barbecue chicken with Riesling, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Beef burgers with Turkish bread and salad served with Promised Land Cabernet or Merlot.
What would a feast for mum be without a dessert?
• Baked figs with orange, honey and pistachios, or spicy poached pears in red wine would go well with Merlot or Pinot Noir.
• Traditional apple pie with a lovely white Taylors Estate sparkling brings out the sweetness and delicate fruit.
Check out our recipe section for some more ideas for pairing food and wine for Mother's Day. And if you happen to be in the Clare on Mother's Day, why not drop in for a glass of wine and relax in the winery garden. You could even make a mini-break of it, there's plenty to see and do in our little corner of South Australia at this time of year. However you choose to celebrate your mum, have a lovely day!