The International Wine Challenge has created a wine and pie pairing guide to celebrate National Pie Week.
All these wines picked up a medal at Tranche One of the 2015 International Wine Challenge.
A drop of French Red is the order of the day when serving Steak and Stilton pie. Château Brown 2012 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, and its fragrant, dark fruits will go perfectly with the strong blue cheese. This Silver medal winning wine is available from Fine and Rare Wines for around £14.00.
Team a creamy chicken, ham and leek pie with crisp Chablis for a taste sensation. Gold medal winner Morrisons Signature Chablis 1er Cru 2012 (RRP £14.99) has refreshing cucumber and green apple notes, and is the perfect partner for this family favourite.
For fans of spice, a German Riesling like Gold medal winning Marks & Spencer Stepp Riesling *S* Kallstadter Saumagen 2013 (RRP £15.00) goes wonderfully with a spicy Chicken Tikka pie. This fruity wine with delicious pear and peach flavours balances intensity with delicacy, and combines perfectly with an Indian-inspired pie.
A vegetarian treat like goat cheese and roasted vegetable will work wonderfully with a fruity Sauvignon Blanc, and Aldi The Exquisite Collection Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014 is an absolute steal at just £7.99. This Gold medal winning New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is perfumed with melon, guava, and pink grapefruit and will go beautifully with the saltiness of the goat cheese and the delicate sweetness of the vegetables.
Searching for a partner for a slice of sweet cherry pie? Look no further than ASDA Asti NV. Its delicate sweetness and fresh peachy finish is delicious with tangy cherries and creamy custard. A price tag of just £5.25 makes this Silver medal winner even sweeter.
Family favourite, apple pie, deserves something special like Marks & Spencer Coteaux du Layon Beaulieu 2006 (RRP 17.00) from the Loire Valley. This deliciously light sweet wine has a smoky caramelised aroma making it the perfect partner for apples. Get your hands on a bottle of this Bronze medal winning corker today.
Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, said: “When it comes to pie, the sky is the limit in terms of fillings and flavour combinations. You can find something to suit any palate. The same versatility applies to wine, and this guide is a perfect way to highlight the endless possibility when it comes to wine and food pairing. Whatever your favourite filling, finding the perfect wine to go with it will turn your pie of the day into something truly spectacular. What better way to celebrate National Pie Week than finding wine and pie pairings you can enjoy all year round.”