How to find the perfect drop and match it with your meal

Viticulturist and co-owner of Gecko Valley Winery Tony McCray stands with a vine he's nurtured back to life, after discovering it survived the winery's 2011 fire.
Viticulturist and co-owner of Gecko Valley Winery Tony McCray stands with a vine he's nurtured back to life, after discovering it survived the winery's 2011 fire. Tom Huntley

ENJOYING wine is a social and cultural part of Australian living.

Gladstone's Gecko Valley Winery co-owner Tony McCray shares his secrets about finding the perfect wine and matching it with food.

Food matching:

  • You should start with a drier wine. Once you're on to the sweet wines, your palate tends to be cloyed.
  • Entrees tend to be tasty and tangy, so dry wine like sauvignon blanc or a lightly oaked chardonnay would work well.
  • For your main course you would go for something heavier.
  • Pinot noir goes with duck and shiraz with an eye fillet steak.
  • Whites don't have enough guts to go with red meat but light reds can go with strongly flavoured white meat, like strongly flavoured barramundi or turkey.
  • For dessert you can really go mad with all the liquors available.
  • A malt tokay would go with a nutty desert.

Wine temperature:

  • The wine scene was developed before refrigerators.
  • All the flavours are in balance if you imagine the wine has just come out of your wine cellar.
  • A red certainly shouldn't be drunk at our 30-degree room temperature, nor straight out of the fridge. It should be about 12-13 degrees.
  • You'll find the flavours are so much better if you do take the time to get that right. And you'll find the match of the food much more enjoyable.
  • Most whites people drink are too cold, half a degree straight from the fridge. You really don't get any flavour. It should be about 6-7 degrees, so just take it out of the fridge half an hour before drinking.
  • And definitely never use an ice bucket. It just destroys the whole purpose of it.

Topics:  central queensland eating food gecko valley winery gladstone wine

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