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What wine goes with gammon?

A succulent, salty gammon joint is a real pleasure: not too heavy but, cooked correctly, melt-in-the-mouth delicious. The legendary Mary Berry’s recipe can be found at BBC Food. A favourite in our household is the pub classic, Gammon, Egg & Chips. So what wine goes with gammon?

The two most obvious choices are:

  • A ripe Pinot Noir – the smooth tannins and red fruit flavours work divinely in tandem with gammon.
  • A full-bodied white – a ripe Pinot Gris or oaked Bacchus can stand up to the meat and bring out an extra dimension.

Pinot Noir is the best grape for English red wines, so you are spoilt for choice. Our top pick would be:

This is a medium-bodied red with loads of fruit and a generous mouthfeel. The Red Ed has a plentiful nose and is packed with fruit flavours of plum, rhubarb and cranberry. Named in honour of Gifford Hall’s home town. St Edmundsbury Cathedral has a great history – vines were grown within the Abbey Walls and in medieval times, a third of the Tithe to Rome paid in hogsheads of wine.

For a full bodied English white wine, try:

Chapel Down’s Kit’s Coty Bacchus is their flagship still wine. This very ripe style of Bacchus has lychee, peach, and ripe melon aromas with background oak influence. The palate is rich and generous with more tropical fruit flavours and a long, crisp finish. Kit’s Coty vineyard is a 95 acre vineyard on the North Downs of Kent. The southerly aspect ensures the vines capture the sunshine all year long while the warm, free draining chalk soils provide the perfect terroir for producing well balanced, intensely flavoured fruit.

Find more English wines that go with gammon and gammon steaks here and here. Enjoy!