When hosting an intimate soirée, the easy part is deciding on the menu. Finding the perfect wine to complement that special moment can be a little trickier. Unless you’re blessed with the knowledge of a sommelier, figuring out whether to opt for a Rosé or a Sauvignon Blanc isn’t always straightforward.
Recently, Fashion Quarterly and friends were treated to the ultimate wine pairing at the inaugural FQ Sleepover. A decadent three-course meal at Esther was accompanied by a selection of Villa Maria’s iconic wines.
Every Villa Maria wine has been passionately crafted by New Zealand’s leading winemakers born from the unique terroir of three of New Zealand’s wine regions.
Here are our recommendations from the evening.
To start: Villa Maria 2021 Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Sauvignon Blanc
The main event: Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé 2021 and Reserve Pinot Noir 2020
If you’re tossing up between red, white or something in between, why not make the decision a little easier by serving up two equally delightful options with your main course? As warm and sunny weather returns to our shores, Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé – with its bright floral aromas and juicy fruit flavours of strawberry, red fruits and spice – it is the ideal drop to serve when summer is just around the corner.
Villa Maria’s Reserve Pinot Noir is rich and velvety. This elegant wine features a touch of dark chocolate, and juicy summer dark berries. With its soft velvety tannins and a delightful spice, this is a deliciously complex drop that will be appreciated by all guests.
Pair it with: The Fashion Quarterly team and friends enjoyed Villa Maria’s Private Bin Rosé and Reserve Pinot Noir with a number of Esther’s best dishes: Fusilli, milk braised pork and chicken bolognaise bianca; slow-cooked lamb shoulder, roast garlic, anchovy and Moroccan olives; and Spatchcock chicken, harissa and burnt lemon.
Recreate the joy of shared dishes at home by creating a menu that fuses various cuisines and speaks to all palates. While the Rosé is the ideal match for lighter dishes such as seafood, the Pinot Noir will pair perfectly with any kind of red meat or mushroom based dish.
To finish: Villa Maria Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection 2021
Pair it with: Fashion Quarterly enjoyed this sumptuous Villa Maria dessert wine with Esther’s mouth-in-your-mouth apple tart served with vanilla bean ice cream. Packed full of flavour, this noble Riesling deserves to be the star of the show – opt for a dessert that’s not overly sweet to let the complexities of this drop shine.