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Sweet taste of success for Gallo’s ‘Summer Red’ wine

Sweet taste of success for Gallo’s ‘Summer Red’ wine

A popular supermarket wine has been hailed an ‘exceptional’ match for a classic British dessert in a food and wine pairing competition.

Judges at What Food What Wine were so impressed by the pairing of Gallo’s Family Vineyards Summer Red with apple crumble and custard, they presented the reasonably priced red with a special award for a ‘surprising match’.

The £6.99 wine beat top dessert wines from around the world in the competition that included Gérard Basset MS, MW, OBE, as a judge who was voted ‘World’s Best Sommelier’ in 2010.

Competition host Susie Barrie MW, from BBC2’s Saturday Kitchen, said: “It was a surprising and exceptional match, which none of us were expecting. The wine is an unusual combination that matches the cheery aspect of the sweet apple with enough acidity to stop the combination becoming overly rich, but with a pleasant sweetness running through that picks out the match in the food. The custard wraps the two together with a nice touch of warming cinnamon.”

Competition host Peter Richards, MW, said: “We were thrilled with the results - there's something for everyone. What was most exciting was to see wines from right across the spectrum winning top awards. It's great that inexpensive supermarket own-label wines are sitting alongside some of the more celebrated names in the wine world. It just goes to show that all kinds of wines can and do partner food brilliantly well - so there are lots of options for wine drinkers out there whatever the taste or budget.”

Judges at the blind tasting only knew if the wines cost more or less than £10.

The dishes, created by leading food writer, stylist and broadcaster Jo Pratt, included roast lamb, lasagne, mushroom risotto and chocolate mousse. For recipes and further information visit What Food What Wine.

What Food What Wine 2011 winners

Smoked Salmon

Best wine Under £10

Morrisons Best Australian Chardonnay 2007 £7.99

Best wine Over £10 (Judges’ Choice)

Champagne Ayala Brut Nature (Zero Dosage) £25.00

Fish and Chips

Best wine Under £10

Annie's Lane Clare Valley Riesling 2006 £7.99

Best wine Over £10 (Judges’ Choice)

The Crossings Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 £11.00

*Special Award - 'Fizz and Chips

Waitrose Blanc de Blancs Brut NV £22.99

Mushroom Risotto

Best wine Under £10

Viña Real Barrel Fermented Blanco 2008 £9.49

Best wine Over £10 (Judges’ Choice)

Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Noir 2008 £11.99

Sausage and Mash

Best wine Under £10 (Judges’ Choice)

The Patriots Merlot 2010 £6.99

Best wine Over £10

Saltram Mamre Brook Barossa Shiraz 2008 £11.99

Chicken Tikka Masala

Best wine Under £10

Toro Loco Spanish Rose 2010 [Aldi] £3.99

Best wine Over £10 (Judges’ Choice)

Framingham Classic Riesling 2009 £11.49

Roast Lamb

Best wine Under £10

Finca Flichman Reserve Malbec 2010 £7.99

Best wine Over £10 (Judges’ Choice)

Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru 2007 £16.75

Lasagne

Best wine Under £10

Campo Viejo Crianza 2008 £6.64

Best wine Over £10 (Judges’ Choice)

Vidal Estate Syrah 2008 £16.75

Mature Cheddar

Best wine Under £10

Aldi Bordeaux Superieur 2009 £4.99

Best wine Over £10 (Judges’ Choice)

Louis Jadot Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru 2008 £28.49

*Special Award - Judges Recommendation

Imperial Reserva 2004 £19.99

Apple Crumble

Best wine Under £10 (Judges’ Choice)

Vina Concha y Toro Late Harvest 2007 £5.99

Best wine Over £10

2007 Domaine FL Coteaux du Layon 'Les 4 Village' £21.99

*Special Award - Most Surprising Match

Gallo Family Vineyards Summer Red NV £6.29

Chocolate Mousse

Best wine Under £10 (Judge’s Choice)

Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro NV £8.00

*Special Award - Judges Recommendation

Brown Brothers Cienna Rosso NV £9.99

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