Wine matching can be one tricky task. To help us out, we took five with James Lindner, the owner of Langmeil Winery and guest of The Charming Squire’s upcoming dinner event ‘Must. Dine. Langmeil.’ to explain the difference between our contrasting and complementing flavours and our Pinots and Shirazs..
What should novices (like us!) keep in mind when pairing wines?
If you use similar thoughts when cooking food ie what matches what, it is the same as wine with food, it should be flavours that complement each other and for this reason sometimes you find even the chef looks to add some of the wine to the dish to help bring the favours together.
Is there a wine rule that should definitely be broken?
There should not be rules in wine but it should be ever evolving and an ever learning journey.
When in doubt, is there a good fool-proof ‘all-rounder’ wine which pairs with pretty much anything?
I love the Langmeil Three Gardens SMG very much for this reason, it is a red blend of Shiraz Mataro and Grenache and as it has a broad flavour profile of fruit, spice, savouriness and good acidity it is very much an all-rounder. I find you can have a glass while you’re cooking, one for the pot and then with the meal (small glasses obviously). As they say if you don’t like the taste don’t cook with it..
Can you talk us through the difference between ‘complementing’ and ‘contrasting’ flavours when it comes to wine-matching?
This is a hard one as I would suggest I enjoy the complementing style as it is a part of the dish or in fact both the food and the wine when combined brings the best out of each other. I think the main thing is just like wine it is whatever you like most, your taste sensors and mind will tell you if you like it or not and if you stay true to yourself you will find the dish that suits you the most..
Can you provide us with a little history on Langmeil winery and what makes it so unique in the famed Barossa?
With a history dating back to 1842, Langmeil Winery is one of a few places where the blend of Barossa’s cultural beginnings with world-class winemaking can truly be experienced. Pioneer Christian Auricht first settled the trading site of Langmeil where he established what is understood to be the world’s oldest surviving shiraz vineyard, believed to be planted in 1843. Today, the winery grounds form a captivating pocket of Australian history, now owned by the Lindner family, whose own mark on the Barossa landscape spans six-generations of regional farming, food, community, and now wine.
What are you most looking forward to about The Charming Squire’s upcoming Must Dine Langmeil event?
The two main things I am looking forward to is meeting our Langmeil friends again and also to experience all the sensors of the pairing of the food and the wine. The combination of food, wine and friends makes up the very core of what we enjoy at home. It is one of the most simple things of life and yet the most memorable of times, listening and sharing stories or even just solving the problems of the world.
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