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London is a melting pot of culture; you can try a host of different cuisines at any time; popping out for Korean food one night and Italian the next, as well as sampling a whole range of ingredients from sushi to snails to salami.
Whatever you’re eating, finding the perfect wine match can transform even a simple dish into a taste sensation. With so many different foods and wines though, where do you start? Thankfully, top New Zealand producer Ara Wines is here to help by offering the chance to try its favourite wine-and-food pairings at a variety of London restaurants.
About Ara Wines
The Ara Wines estate is located in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, tucked between the ocean and mountains in the top-right corner of New Zealand’s South Island. Only 400 of the total 1,500 hectares are planted to vines, which means there’s a flourishing local ecosystem around the vineyards.
Vines are split up into roughly 100 blocks, each one subtly different to the next because of soil variations due to the glaciers that created the valley during the Ice Age. These soils are very similar to those found in the Graves and Médoc regions of Bordeaux, as well as parts of the Rhône Valley – and they allow experienced chief winemaker Jeff Clarke to produce a range of elegant and distinctive wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes.
Explore with Ara
Working with a selection of chefs and restaurants, the Ara team is offering a range of its wines by the glass to showcase how well the winery’s award-winning range of Marlborough wines pairs with food, but also to encourage you to think outside the box.
If you’d like to sample them, visit the following restaurants, where a sommelier will be on hand to match a dish to the wine.
Where to try Ara wines
Set in a scenic corner of Clerkenwell, The Modern Pantry (pictured below) will be serving Ara Select Blocks Pinot Gris to complement its eclectic modern European dishes. With exotic ingredients such as truffled yuzu, urfa chilli and rose-pickled daikon on the menu, it’s a great place to see what wine can bring to a meal.
Covent Garden’s Notes will have the Ara Single Estate Pinot Gris available to try. A stylish café-cum-wine bar, Notes is the perfect place to while away the hours with a glass of wine before the theatre or visiting the nearby National Gallery.
Offering the Ara Single Estate Pinot Noir and Select Blocks Pinot Gris , Charlotte Street’s Michelin-starred Pied à Terre (pictured below) is an intimate venue to enjoy modern French cuisine. Renowned for its great attention to detail and fantastic service, the wine will enhance an already special meal.
The competition runs from 10 February to 23 March.
Bookings are available through Squaremeal.co.uk