It’s the first day of the grouse shooting season today, so we've put together a selection of our top wines to drink with game.
Grouse gets ‘gamier’ in flavour over the season, so early on it’s best to match it with lighter reds or even rich whites. The season ends in early December, so the transition to heavier reds for the stronger tasting meat coincides perfectly with the diminishing daylight and colder weather making you want cosy, heavier reds.
The fresh raspberry flavours in this light, juicy wine make a harmonious match with young grouse or other fresh game birds, like quail, or even turkey. Pinot noir is the traditional game bird wine.
This tasty French Chardonnay from Burgundy is flavoursome enough to match well with game. A good option for those who aren’t keen on red wine with anything. Goes well with pork and risotto too.
A total treat! Five years’ maturation gives this amazing Champagne its colour and spice, and is a brilliant match with more delicate game - new season grouse, rabbit and fresh pheasant.
The red fruit and flowers in this intensely fragrant wine go great with any game, but it’s not too heavy so won’t overpower milder meat - ideal for grouse towards the middle of the season and pheasant.
What a bargain! The vanilla and spice in this smooth 10 year old Rioja matches great with game, especially game birds, rabbit, hare and delicate venison steaks and tartares. It’s medium-bodied so might be bulldozed by really ‘ripe’ gaminess.
Velvety, rich, fruity and slightly savoury - absolutely perfect with stronger game (well-hung pheasant, venison or boar stews, jugged hare, game pâtés, duck), and for cosying up on autumn nights.