Well that didn’t really turn out like we all expected or hoped. If you know me, you know how much I love the UK and that I have been spending enough time there to feel a bit British so today I will make this wine pairing article a 5 UK dishes to pair with Chablis. As usual I will not give specific names only styles so you have a chance to find the right Chablis. One last thing I’m going to use the traditional, very well know, find anywhere dishes even if cuisine in the UK has probably been one of the most inventive yet grounded one for decades.
- Fish & Chips: Of course, Fish and Chips is very close to a perfect Chablis pairing. Think fish, batter and the lot deep fried. A fresh, fruity and tense Chablis is going to cut right through the fat to unleash all that fishy goodness which you already know works amazingly well with the Chablis minerality.
- Fisherman’s pie: Being surrounded by the sea the UK probably has the best choice in fish and though I would recommend using skirts rather than filets it still is a creamy, rich, flavourful dish. A Chablis Premier Cru with a bit of power, a touch of oak and even a bit of age will be a smooth partner.
- Cornish pasty/Pork pie: Salty and porky, not unlike a pâté en croute this calls for the fresh simplicity of a Petit Chablis. Depending on the stature of your pork pie because there are some gourmet ones out there maybe a premier Cru or Grand Cru will be appropriate but for the meal in a crust that a pasty is then go for a young, dashing, fruity Petit Chablis.
- Jellied eel: This one is not going to make every one happy, but jellied eels are actually very close to perfection with an earthy, slightly fruity, balanced between power and tension Chablis Premier Cru.
- Kippers: smoky, rich and fishy, kippers are packed with flavours, the kind of powerful flavours that will need a wine to withstand them. You are then looking at either a young Chablis Premier Cru or a Chablis Grand Cru that will bring on dense fruity aromas or something a bit older with a touch of oak to mirror the smokiness.