Don’t flounder with the wine: what to drink with seafood

Decided which recipe from yesterday’s post to try, yet? We can’t wait to make the Thai fish curry, ourselves.

Luckily for us, guest blogger Zeren Wilson is on hand to help us pair different fish dishes with the right wine. Read on to discover her brilliant tips, plus four wines to go with yesterday’s recipes as suggested by Julian Twaites (our very own wine buyer).

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Easy entertaining: a no-fuss New Year buffet

Whether you’re throwing a big festive bash, or a more casual dinner, why not let your guests help themselves? You get to spend less time in the kitchen, and they get the pleasure of your company. We’ll say cheers to that!

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An ‘easy does it’ celebration: roast beef

There are no rules about what you can and can’t have for Christmas dinner, as long as it’s hearty and absolutely delicious. So in our second blog, we’re taking on beef.

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Why be different? Choosing beef shouldn’t feel like a departure from tradition – after all, there’s nothing more British than roast beef. Other benefits are that it cooks more quickly than turkey, takes up less space in your oven, is easier to carve, and you’re not left with a messy carcass at the end – if you even have any leftovers. Plus, the rose-pink, tender meat will still go with all your usual sides. Continue reading

An ‘easy does it’ celebration: turkey

Are you a turkey and stuffing kind of family? Perhaps you prefer a juicy roast beef, or need something special for veggie guests this year? Whatever your tradition, we have some tasty suggestions – with a choice of sides and wines to match – to make the main event a big success.

In this first blog, we’ll cover the turkey…

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NOW CLOSED: Chai five for our Teapigs giveaway

We’re such big fans of the new Teapigs Chai Latte Gift Set that we’re giving 10 away… if you can prize them off us first!

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Wine of the Week: Sunday Roast Special

Finding the right wine for a traditional Sunday roast is the question I am often asked. I thought that as we’re having a roasting joints AND wine sale it was the perfect opportunity to go through some wine options for all the different joints of meat you might be roasting next Sunday.

Everyone associates beef with red wine and chicken with white wine – which is fine as a general rule but if you only drink red, or just prefer white with food, there are solutions. I’ve chosen three wines that are fantastic matches for roast beef. Continue reading

Wine of the Week – a great value sauvignon blanc

Wine Of The WeekCalvet Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

Grape: Sauvignon

Region: Loire

Price: £8.99

About the grape: The Loire is the spiritual home of the sauvignon grape. The best examples are grown in the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé regions of Loire but this week’s wine comes from the Touraine region, which produces a slightly less dry version of sauvignon. Continue reading

Wine of the Week – your new favourite dry white

This week’s Wine of the Week is… Inycon Fiano

  • Grape: Fiano
  • Region: Sicily
  • Price: £7.99


About the grape: the fiano grape is grown mainly in Southern Italy and Sicily and has been cultivated since Roman times. The grape itself is very small so yields very little juice. This has traditionally made it quite unprofitable to harvest but recent improvements in technology, along with the popularity of pinot grigio, has seen fiano make a welcome comeback. Continue reading

Introducing… Wine of the Week

As a wine buyer with over 30 years of experience, I know how difficult buying wine can be. With so many great wines out there choosing the right wine and trying something new can be hard.Julian

That’s why we are introducing Wine of the Week. It does exactly what it says on the bottle really. I’ll simply choose a bottle of wine I think you should know about – maybe it’s new, or exclusive to Ocado, or on sale at a really great price, or maybe it just goes perfectly with roast chicken – essentially it’s the bottle of wine I’d recommend to a friend.Wine Of The Week

I’ll share it here, and on Facebook and Twitter, and hopefully along the way we’ll discover a lot of nice new wine together. If there’s anything you’d like me to talk about please feel free to leave a comment below.

And now for this week’s Wine of the Week…Merlot

 Bioletti’s Block Merlot

Grape: Merlot

Region: California

Price: £5.99 (Half Price)

About the grape: the merlot grape has its spiritual home in Bordeaux where it is blended with the slighter fuller cabernet sauvignon to give the wine more roundness and softer fruitier flavours.

The Californian variety is warmer, bigger and richer – due to warmer weather – and has an appealing plummy blackberry fruit aroma, yummy soft rich red flavours, and a pleasant long lingering finish. The Californian merlot also has less tannin, a nice medium weight and is soft with a hint of spice, making it very different to South American and European merlot.

About the wine: A lovely example of Californian merlot.

Notes: Fruity enough; without hard edges; very drinkable when served at a cool room temperature.

Drink with: Pairs really well with medium to full-flavoured red meat and perfect with hearty stews. Great with roast chicken, especially with rich stuffings and other full-flavoured accompaniments.

Price: Half Price at £5.99 until November 4th (or while stocks last)

So, that’s my first Wine of the Week. If it sounds like your kind of wine and you give it a try make sure to let me know how you find it. You can post comments here or on Facebook, but the best way to share your opinion is to leave a review on the product page.

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