You’re in lockdown and there are only tins of beans to put on some toast made from stale bread but, and this is really important, which is the best wine to pair with your anything-but-gourmet meal?
Non-perishable snacks and tinned meals might become the norm for many, but few of us are prepared to sacrifice every pleasure, which is why the team at wine club Winebuyers has come up the best wines to pair with your basic meals.
Best with Beans on Toast
A national favourite, baked beans contain a reduction of sugar and vinegar that forms the base of the sauce.
Look for fruit-driven reds from warm climates such as a Chilean Merlot or Aussie Shiraz.
Lorosco Reserva Maipo Merlot (£8.12) blends the intense, fresh, and fruity aromas of blackberries and plum with soft, toasty notes and sweet vanilla.
Medium-bodied, soft tannins and a pleasant finish make this an ideal companion for a comforting plate of beans of toast.
Best with Chicken and Mushroom Pot Noodle
Wine and soup can be tricky to pair, but chicken and mushroom are both wine-friendly flavours that are easy to match.
Try pairing with a lightly oaked Chardonnay as it complements both meat and vegetables.
La Reverence Chardonnay (£8.09) is pale, golden straw-like in colour with rich summer fruit aromas and peach and melon flavours on the palate, which are balanced by a fresh, crisp finish.
The combination of grapes from Roussillon and Minervois give this wine a buttery, fresh, and mineral profile.
Best with Pesto Pasta
The simple but effective elements of pesto; grains, herbs, cheese and oil, pair with a wine that’s similarly effortless.
Starch herbs and lipids also call for a white without too much fruit. The wine should have similar restraint and this Austrian Grüner will do just that.
Eschenhof Holzer Wagram Grüner Veltliner (£12.00) has an uncomplicated style, with fine acidity and fruit flavours resulting from the rich clay soils.
Peach, red apple and hints of spicy pepper characterise this vegan and organic dry white.
Best with Rice Pudding
Tinned rice pudding is stalwart of forgotten nooks in cupboards across the country.
Pair a vanilla milk rice pudding with a sun-drenched and similarly sweet Sicillian Grillo for a nostalgic treat.
Caruso E Minini Naturalmente Bio Grillo Doc Sicilia (£18.00) is an organic and vegan-friendly wine with vintage notes of oak and acacia.
This Sicilian white boasts the perfect mix of intensity and elegance.
Best with Tinned Jackfruit
This delicious and versatile vegan staple lends itself well to recreating meat-like textures and absorbing BBQ flavours. Pair with richer styles of sparkling rosés to complement its sweet taste.
The thing we look for when pairing is freshness and this sparkler is laden with strawberry fruit.
Comte De Bailly Crémant De Bourgogne Sparkling Rosé From Veuve Ambal (£11.99) is a clear, light rosé with a fine, persistent mousse.
Fresh aromas of raspberry and redcurrant pair perfectly with sweeter jackfruit.