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Wine Consultant and Winemaker Loic Le Calvez from Wine Truth is your link to some of the most exciting wines and their stories. Loic is a French-Australian winemaker and wine lover who has been passionately making wine and sharing his knowledge for over 20 years in France and Australia. Through our partner Wine Truth, Loic offers private wine consulting services.

Winter is here - the best time of the year for pairing food and wine 

As we slowly move out of COVID-19 restrictions, we are all looking forward to sharing good times with family and friends again, and what better way than with the perfect pairing of wine and gastronomy.

As the sun sets earlier, and we spend more time around the table with others, it’s the perfect time to discover new wine styles. 

It is a time to choose a ‘balanced wine diet’ for the months to come. With the right food and wine pairing, you can experiment and often enhance the flavours of both your dish and your wine.

Be adventurous with wines from France or Italy, for example; they are often more savoury and earthy and they will better match comfort winter dishes. It’s also a great way to travel in a glass. 

Start with drinking European wines made from the grape varieties you are familiar with such as Shiraz, Pinot Noir or Cabernet. You will find they deliver different and exciting flavour sensations.

The basics of food and wine pairing

Food and wine matching is one of life’s rare pleasures, revealing a whole new range of pleasing flavours and textures on the palate. It all has to do with how a few elements work together with wine: acidity, fat, sweetness, and tannins:

  • Acidity: White wines have higher acidity which lifts flavours and adds freshness to a dish – often paired with fish, some cheeses and salads.
  • Fat: Red wines have more tannins and alcohol, both of which best match with fat from food like cheese and red meat.
  • Tannins in red wines (the grip on the side of your palate) will need to be matched with high-protein food as they will bind in the mouth and soften the wine.
  • Sweetness: The key with dessert and sweet dishes is always to serve a wine which is sweeter than the food, otherwise the wine will be overwhelmed by the dish.

Grape varieties and wine styles to drink this winter

White wines:

Viognier: Quite fragrant, with honeysuckle and apricot flavours, this wine has a medium body with a creamy texture. It is best matched with a delicate fish dish, seafood, roast chicken or a creamy cheese.

Grüner Veltliner: Its epicentre is Austria. It is a fantastic discovery for many, offering light pepper and herbaceous notes with a bright acidity - a very easy drink. The perfect match with a wide range of light meals.

Red wines:

Pinot Noir from its original home - Burgundy: A light-bodied wine offering a range of savoury notes, allspices and spiced cherries. It is comfortable drinking, matched with poultry, and vegetarian dishes.

Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River WA: These wines are so plush, with dark chocolate and blackberry flavours.

Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend from Bordeaux, France: Bordeaux red wines are mostly blends of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. They are generally medium-bodied with scents of blackcurrant, cherry and graphite. The higher tannin levels make them the best for pairing with meats and cheese.

Syrah (French for Shiraz): A fantastic alternative to your classic Australian full-bodied Shiraz. French Syrah, or the Australian versions labelled as Syrah, are easier drinking, medium-bodied, with plenty of pepper notes, black olives and crunchy red berries. They are so easy to pair with food, ranging from lamb, vegetables dishes and hard cheeses.

A responsible wine consumption for a healthier life

Consuming premium wines responsibly and in moderation may help you live a healthier lifestyle. "Drink better and drink less" is at the centre of this; make sure you live by my saying: “life is too short to drink bad wines”.

Through the Wine Truth Club, every two months, Club members receive a mixed selection of six unique bottles of world-class wines. That is in line with the Australian Government’s guidelines that to reduce the risk of harm from alcohol, people should drink no more than 10 standard drinks per week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day (in real terms, one bottle of red wine is generally the equivalent of 8.5 standard drinks).

Wine Truth Services

Personal Wine Consultant

Wine cellar assessment: a personal cellar assessment, highlighting the strength and opportunities of your current selection.

Wine purchase recommendations by reaching out to my personal winemaker contacts and trusted importers across France and Australia.

Access to the Wine Truth Club

Wine Truth Club members have access to world-class and exciting wines with verified provenance. Every two months, members receive six unique and personally selected wines.

Members also receive invitations to exclusive wine dinners and events with like-minded wine lovers.

Private and Corporate Wine Events

Loic specialises in hosting wine dinners and events, so if you are organising a dinner or cocktail party with fellow wine lovers, simply wanting to surprise someone, or planning a casual get together to thank your staff and/or clients, I will carefully select the wines, mingle with your guests, tell the stories behind the wines and answer your guests’ wine questions.

Please contact Kay & Burton Concierge on 03 9825 2000 or via to engage the services of Wine Truth. For more information about Kay & Burton Concierge, please visit 

Wine Consultant and Winemaker Loic Le Calvez from Wine Truth

Winter is the best time of the year for pairing food and wine

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