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Tasty Pie & Great Wine 

british-pie-week-logo-blue-1-pjmzapzftuvwcug2hxpnd0m8vc32n1i8p6yvx34q9wBritish Pie Week (4th – 10th March)

Homemade or Higgidy; Real or Pukka; Humble or Posh, there’s something truly comforting about a Pie! In celebration of these delicious one pan-dishes, here are some of our favourite savoury pies and brilliant wines to elevate your enjoyment. Whether you’re vegan, veggie or carnivore, there’s something here to satisfy everyone, and deliver a culinary experience that takes comfort to the next level. 
Find some of the wines listed below in our handpicked Seasonal Pairing Case: Buy Here

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Curried Cauliflower Cheese Filo Pie
From his book Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love

You can find this recipe here 

You only have to look at the image to start salivating! Let’s count everything we love about this pie – tick Curry, Cauliflower, Cheese, Filo – it’s practically the most perfect comfort food combination ever created! These big flavours will pair with a number of wines, but here’s two we know you’re going to love:

Moke’s notes:

(1) This really tasty Rhône blend works brilliantly with the nuttiness that cauliflower and cumin create in this pie. This delicious Costières de Nîmes Blanc that comes in under the radar, as produced organically and biodynamically, from low yielding, 20 year old vines. It’s a modern style of wine: gently aromatic with white stone fruit and a hint of spice, whilst the palate is full of rounded fruit, balanced by refreshing acidity and delivering a long ripe finish. Super value!

(2) You absolutely must try this truly delicious Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero. The nose is full of intense dark berry fruit: blackberries, blueberries, dark plum with vanilla and nutmeg interwoven amongst a hint of minerality. The intensity of the nose follows on the palate with deep dark fruit filling the mouth with silky tannins and an overwhelming sense of elegance. This is pair really well with the pie offering structure, spice and complexity…and if you’re entertaining, it even comes in magnums!

Delicious Magazine’s Smoked Haddock and Prawn Fish Pie

You can find this recipe here

The sweet, smokiness of the haddock is like a comfort-blanket as the weather turns chilly. The pie’s creaminess matches brilliantly with oak-aged wines, especially a big, bold white and red with soft silky tannins. These are bottles we regularly reach for:

Moke’s notes:

(1) Rich aromas of ripe stone fruit, citrus and toasted almond. The palate is textured and rich, with powerful fruit concentration overlying well integrated oak and finely balanced acidity. A really elegant example of how good Chardonnay can be from New Zealand.

(2) For those who prefer a glass of red with their fish, this is one to reach for! This silky smooth Cabernet Franc has been a huge hit amongst clients and it’s easy to understand why. Bright red fruits sing from the glass. Don’t be afraid to chill it, but equally serve at room temperature. The freshness and energy is a good foil to the richness of the Fish Pie, but the weight of the wine doesn’t overwhelm the dish. A really delicious pairing!

James Martin’s Cottage Pie

You can find this recipe here
Credit: / Peter Cassidy (image)

“If you asked me for one dish aside from steak and chips that I’d be happy cooking for any big-name chef who ventures into my kitchen at home, this would be it. The key is in its simplicity: good-quality slow-cooked beef, fantastic mashed potato, cooked with care and attention, and fresh peas. Life just does not get any better. All chefs love the crispy edges, so don’t clean the dish before serving! Those are the best bits.” James Martin

Ah James, we couldn’t agree more! The deep intensity of the meat and the creaminess of the mash has us frequently hankering after Cottage Pie.

Moke’s notes:

(1) Every now and then a wine comes along and takes you by surprise: you can’t believe the quality/value ratio, so you just keep talking about it! This is one such wine! A classic white Rhône blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette, it’s offers fantastic structure with layers of spice and hints of smokiness, yet still with masses of refreshing top quality fruit. An absolute winner with Cottage Pie.

(2) This is a wine that yearns to be paired with red meat, but the joy is that the richness of ripe Californian Cabernet which has been framed with subtle American oak, matches brilliantly with the umami, savoury character of cottage pie. Perfect for life sustaining mid-week suppers to get you through the week!

You can find this recipe here

With sweet potato topping harissa spiced Lamb, you can easily make this a vegan dish by swapping the meat for lentils or Soya mince and favouring mushroom stock for the umami flavour….delicious!  Packed with warming spice, Spanish, Portuguese and Lebanese reds are brilliant accompaniments as are fuller bodied whites with nerve and spice.

Moke’s notes:

(1) Bush-vine Grillo from the southern-most tip of Sicily from 25 year old vines, grown at just 80m above sea level. Fresh and lightly honeyed, this is a subtle and multi-layered wine with immediately appealing freshness and fruit leading to a taut, savoury, mineral finish.

(2) Made with minimal intervention, this is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Syrah (40%), Cinsault (15%) and Carignan (5%) from 15-20 year old vines grown on sandy limestone with clay sub-soils, the wine is deeply expressive of its roots. Explosive aromas of cherries, cedar wood and rosemary are complimented with a rich, savoury palate combining earthy spice, fine tannins and lingering morello cherry fruit. The wine possesses enormous personality and charm.

You can find this recipe here

A variation on the classic Chicken Pot Pie: all the flavour, super-fast, using just 8 ingredients. Perfect for mid-week when you’re short on time but want something homemade and delicious, which is still packed with protein, veg and flavour.

Moke’s notes:

(1) New to our list, we love this Yarra Valley Chardonnay! The structure is developed predominately by barrel fermentation, having allowed the juice to mature for eight months on lees prior to bottling. The result is this contemporary Chardonnay that balances old world restraint and pure Australian joy! Balanced weight and a silky texture, this Yarra Valley Chardonnay is one you don’t want to miss and will be a heavenly pairing with Chicken and Mushroom Pie!

(2) A concentrated and savoury red from the deep south of France. This Corbières shows intriguing savoury and herbal aromas of bitters and thyme. The palate is full of morello cherry fruit, dark plums and carries through savoury flavours to the finish. A delightful red that constantly punches well above its price point and is one of our best new finds … yum!

Marcus Wareing’s Beef & Ale Pie with Chorizo 

From his book New Classics

You can find this recipe here

Intense, slow cooked beef and puff pastry are taken to a new high with the addition of the spicy chorizo. The secret to this wonderful pie is allowing the beef and chorizo that long period of time to cook together, allowing the smoky chorizo to permeate throughout.

Moke’s notes:

(1) In Portugal the variety is also known as Maria Gomes and typically grown for yield and brandy. However, those clever chaps at Strange Kompanjie Unlimited have discovered this last remaining, 30 year old (plus) plot of vines left in the Cape and they are doing something rather special with it! Keeping a leash on the yields and letting it go for the label artwork, they have produced this brilliant white from a variety you’ve never heard of! Aside from being the perfect wine to give to guests who are fussy about Chardonnay or Sauvignon – chances are, they’ll never have heard of this and will really enjoy it for what it is! It’s also offers an earthy, mineral nose of crushed granite, peach kernel and wet grass (might not sound that appealing but trust us on this). The palate is full of ripe, juicy stone fruit with spice underpinning it: the wine finishes tight and bright with a clean, lightly floral finish.

(2) Pure and powerful, yet elegant and aromatic, this is a deeply compelling Malbec. It exhibits beautiful bright violet aromas, ripe black fruits and hints of iodine. The rich plum, cherry, sweet spice, liquorice and violet aromas on the nose are also reflected on the palate, along with layers of mineral and savoury notes, with balanced acidity to deliver a long finish. This will be an absolute treat with the Beef and Chorizo Pie.

Find some of these wines in our handpicked Seasonal Pairing Case: Buy Here
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