Wine is a wonderful accompaniment to a nice meal out. But we all know it can be daunting to sit down at a restaurant and be faced with the decision to choose from a list of names. There's a reason why food and wine sounds like it's suited just like bread n' butter. If chosen with thought, your wine and food can bring out the best flavours in each other. Want the perfect beginner's guide to food and wine pairings? Read on...
There's a basic rule that's easy to remember to start your food and wine pairing decision by...
1. White for cheese, fish, chicken and vegetable dishes
2. Red for dark and smoked meats
This wine and food pairing chart is a great tool for understanding the pairings and suitable crossovers.
Here's a run down of the wine blends with various food groups you'd find in restaurant dishes:
For light fish...
...choose a Pinot Gris as the succulent and bursting bright flavours will bring out the flavours
...choose either Sauvignon Blanc or Rose as the fruity undertones will complement the texture and (most probably) garlic flavours of the prawn. Stay away from reds for prawns as they will be too heavy.
For bread-based dishes such as garlic bread or pizza...
...choose a light red blend like CSM (Cabernet, Shiraz and Malbec) to balance the starch-heavy texture and rich flavours
OUR S2 WINE AND FOOD PAIRING RECOMMENDATIONS
We want you to optimise your wining and dining experience at Social Street S2 and S2 on Flinders. Here's a guide to our S2 favourites and recommendations on dishes that make the perfect pairing.
Bleasdale Pinot Gris
Region: Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Tasting Notes: Nashi, ginger and rosewater perfume
pair with our...
S2 Sweet Chilli Deep Fried Fish
Deep fried sliced fillet with homemade sweet and sour sauce with a touch of chilli and deep fried basil on top.
S2 Stir-fried Vegetables
Don't let the boring name and side dish status put you off the S2 Stir-fried Vegetables. With the tasty garlic-soy sauce and the freshness of assorted vegetables, this dish deserves a mention of its own. Vegetables include cabbage, carrot, broccoli, fungi and zucchini. The assortment may vary depending on season as we make sure we wok toss only the freshest ingredients.
Azahara Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir
Region: Murray Darling
Tasting Notes: Roasted Almond and Stonefruit
pair with our...
Chu Chee Prawn
Crumbed king prawn with chu chee curry dressing
Roast Duck Curry
Sweet lychee, pineapple, cherry tomato, eggplant with tender slice duck with special red curry sauce
Our sweet chu chee sauce and duck red curry sauce compliments the sweet tones of this Azahara Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir. The soft/crunch of the prawns pair well with the bubbles. The two complex meat flavours pair well.
Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Adelaide Hills
Tasting notes: pink grapefruit, aromatic and fresh
pair with our...
with cucumber and peanut sweet chilli sauce
S2 Pad Thai
Rice noodle, bean sprout, chive & tofu w. homemade s2 chilli sauce. it has a touch of chilli heat. on side w. chilli powder, crushed peanut & lemon
This Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc promotes a light grapefruit undertone. Its fresh crispness complements our tangy S2 sweet chilli sauce and pad thai sauce excellently. This 'savvy blanc's 'citrus undertones brings out the seafood flavours of the fish.
Langmeil "The Long Mile" Shiraz
Region: Barossa Valley
Tasting notes: Plum, mulberry and peppery notes
S2 Basil Beef
Beef with stir-fried onion, spring onion, capsicum assorted veggies in Thai basil sauce
Region: Margaret River, Mount Barker
Tasting notes: hint of lime zest and floral notes
S2 Coconut Sticky Rice
Homemade coconut sticky rice with fresh mango, coconut milk, peanuts and mint
Come in and try!
Social Street S2 - 174A Hutt Street Adelaide
S2 on Flinders - 264 Flinders Street Adelaide