We're big fans of Hello Fresh here at Whitmore & White. We know you can't be a gourmand every night - I mean who really has the time during the week? But this doesn't mean you can't eat well even if you're as time poor as we always seem to be! This is where Hello Fresh comes in, sweeping into your kitchen as personal shopper and private chef combined, with ingredients and recipes for creating fab food in no time at all. The only thing missing is the wine, so we're here to give you some perfect wine recommendations for the most popular Hello Fresh recipes!
So let's get going, there's a lot to cover!
Lamb & Mushroom Ragu
This is a dish that needs something fresh and of course Italian! We've picked two perfect reds to go alongside this one, the Gibellina Incanto Frappato and the incredible Dead Winemakers Society Dolcetto. Both of these will pair perfectly with this recipe, and the Frappato certainly won't break the budget even on a Tuesday night!
Mango Chutney Halloumu & Sweet Potato Dal
There are a lot of sweet, fresh, and fragrant flavours going on here, so a dish like this needs fresh, crisp, and dry white wines to cut through the delicious noise! We've chosen some superb New Zealand Ribbonwood Sauvignon Blanc, full of classic Marlborough characteristics of grapefruit peel, ripe gooseberry, herb, capsicum and a stony minerality. If you fancy elevating your midweek wine choices, then we've also picked out a staff favourite to go with this, the Domaine Noe Muscadet de Sevre et Maine which is choc-full of white fruit and citrus with a touch of hazelnut.
Smoky BBQ Chicken with Black Bean Loaded Wedges
This is a dish we love mid-week at home but it needs a big wine to stand up to it. The Predator
is an old-vine zinfandel which suits this dish down to the ground, with a smokiness all of its own set against deep red fruit flavours. If you prefer a white wine with a dish like this, then you need the ripe and sweetly fruited flavours of the McManis Viognier
which will sing alongside the hearty BBQ spice.
Honey & Soy Glazed Duck Breast
This is a dish inspired by some incredibly delicate Asian flavours, so you need some wine that will compliment this flavour profile rather than fight it, or worse, ride roughshod all over it! We've picked out two elegant wines, both of which will bring something a little different to the food. First up, the Simonsig Gewürztraminer
will bring an elegance to this dish that will transform it into whole new experience. Similarly, the Casa Silva Cool Coast Pinot Noir
is a complex and unusual wine which will match with the duck beautifully.
Caramelised Onion Sausage Tray Bake
There's nothing else for it but some big hearty rustic reds, the sort of wines that put hairs on your chest, as my grandpa would have said (admittedly not about wine though, perhaps crusts or Shredded Wheat). First up is the Guillaume Gonnet Cotes du Rhone Villages
. Often described as a baby Châteauneuf du Pape, this wine is rich, complex, yet approachable enough to be drunk alongside a decent sausage! Our second choice is the Emilio Moro Finca Resalso Ribera del Duero
, a superb Tempranillo which will be right at home with this recipe.
Rigatoni Caprese with Diced Chicken Breast
Your immediate thought might be that this needs a fresh white wine, and you'd be right - but a lighter style of red will also work well here. Given that this is a dish inspired by Italy, let's stick with the right country and pick a pair of Italian wines too, and why not stay with the same producer too! We've picked a red and a white under the #Bio label, a superb #Bio Grillo
and a lovely light #Bio Chianti
and as the name of both might suggest, they're also organic. Both of these will be perfect with this recipe, so it's really up to you which you choose. My pick? Is both an option?!
So there you have it! No more wondering what will go with what when that box hits your doorstep! You can order all of these wines here online, and you'll automatically get 10% off if you order any 12 individual bottles of wine. Whatever you do, have fun and enjoy the wine!
Editor's Note: We should probably make clear that Whitmore & White is not affiliated with Hello Fresh, we just thought this little foray into wine matching with their top recipes would be interesting to do!