Food pairing: Tavel trouble

Tavel and fish soup

As usual, Tam has worked hard at her table, all on our behalf.

Ten days of tasting Tavel had me hunting through books and websites looking for the perfect Tavel foods. A wine with more than 200 years of history must have some pretty tried and trusted pairings – classic pairings, surely?

To my surprise, not really. Tavel, everyone tells me, goes with charcuterie, cheese, fish, chicken, duck, seafood, veal, pork and beef. It goes with pasta, spicy foods, fruit, garlic, quail, Mediterranean food, soup, roast vegetables and spring salads. It’s a barbecue wine, a pizza wine, a Chinese-takeaway wine...