Wine experts have voted sherry an ‘outstanding match’ with the UK’s favourite summer take away – fish and chips.
Wine critics including Ewan Lacey from Channel 4’s Cookery School and married masters of wine, Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, from BBC 1’s Saturday Kitchen rated the fortified wine a brilliant match with fish and chips.
La Gitana Manzanilla, which retails for around £9.31, scooped the accolade at the competition ‘What Food, What Wine?’ the UK’s quest to discover the ultimate food and wine pairings.
Sales and Marketing Controller, David Kelly said: “While fortified wines might seem more appropriate for colder evenings served chilled, sherry is a great match with seafood and cheese. Fantastic news that judges decided it was also a great accompaniment to everyone’s favourite seaside and pub treat - fish and chips.”
Judges said: “The clean fresh salty tang of the manzanilla turbo charges the sweet earthiness of the chips, matching in weight and saltiness. The savoury nature of the wine sits alongside the firm flesh of the fish bringing out a nice ozone savoury element.”
Two supermarket wines also won awards when paired with the seaside treat, with Morrison’s Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, £7.99 and Aldi’s Philippe Michel Crement du Jura £6.99 also scoring highly.
The competition, launched last year, aims to find the best wine matches for the UK’s favourite dishes including fish and chips, rump steak and fries, roast lamb, lasagne, mushroom risotto, apple crumble and custard and strawberries and cream.
Judges include the Guardian’s wine writer Fiona Beckett and BBC Good Food’s Sarah Jane Evans MW, as well as Delicious wine critic Susy Atkins.
The competition boasts a true ‘blind’ tasting meaning producers went head-to-head with only the quality of the match with the food taken into consideration. Judges only knew if the wine costs more or less than £10.
For more details, and the results in full, visit www.whatfoodwhatwine.com.