Match your Great Southern wine to your favourite menu items and elevate your next takeaway experience!
On the days you just don’t feel like cooking up a storm, it’s time to treat yourself to your favourite takeaway! Not only can you sit back and enjoy not having to cook, but it’s also a great way to support your local restaurants. With so much choice out there, and especially now as many restaurants who didn’t previously deliver have pivoted to do so, your options are endless.
Want to know how to make your takeaway night even better? Pair it with one of our fine wines, of course! We’ve taken your favourite takeaway options and paired them with Great Southern wines. Don’t forget you can order your favourite varietals online direct from the wineries down here in the Great Southern! Bon Appetit!
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Italian and wine go together like…. Italian and wine! The food and wine pairings are endless and so are the menu options. We’ve opted for a few different dishes to help make your wine selection a bit easier. If you are in the mood for seafood, try Il Lido’s Spaghetti Vongole – a sauce made of parsley, garlic and heaps of Shark Bay clams cooked in white wine. It is absolutely delish and would pair exquisitely with Ferngrove Independence 2019 Pinot Noir Rosé.
Another Australian favourite is Carbonara, a rich pasta dish with cheese, eggs and bacon. For this salty, savoury dish, you need a wine that is crisp and fresh. We’d highly recommend Larry Cherubino’s 2019 ‘Nitty Gritty’ Pinot Grigio. It pairs perfectly with rich, buttery dishes.
An all-time classic is definitely the meaty Bolognese sauce. This sauce goes with virtually every kind of pasta and of course, cheese. For a meat heavy sauce, we’d recommend ‘The Tunney’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 from Trevelen Farm.
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If you are in the mood for pizza, the Foro from Monsterella is a fan favourite – mushrooms, decadent truffle oil and heaps of fresh cheeses to leave you feeling satisfied. We’d recommend focusing on the earthiness flavours of the mushrooms and truffle oil that would pair best with Alkoomi Wine’s 2017 Icon Victrix Chardonnay.
Another favourite must be the pineapple and ham laden Hawaiian pizza. Pizza connoisseurs have much debated whether this tangy fruit belongs on pizza and we are here to settle the argument… yes, especially when you pair it with a bottle of Ferngrove Independence 2019 Riesling. This wine will work beautifully as a counterbalance to the saltiness of the ham while simultaneously enhancing the pineapple’s punch. If you are looking for bubbles, Orange Tractor 2016 Sparkling Riesling would make a delicious pairing!
For a plain Margherita Pizza, try 3drops Rosé. With the classic and simple flavours of mozzarella, basil and tangy tomato, this pizza is the perfect match for an easy drinking Rosé that will only heighten the pizzas flavours without overpowering your favourite indulgence.
Fish & Chips
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Fish & Chips is an Aussie staple found in every suburb and everyone has their go-to spot that makes hot chips just right. To elevate this experience, we highly recommend bubbles! Try pairing it with Willoughby Park’s Sparkling Marilyn Brut Non Vintage. Another option would be Denmark Heritage Cider Company’s Scrumpy Cider. It is dangerously drinkable and absolutely perfect with a freshly fried filet of your choosing. For salt & pepper squid, either option above will work just fine, but the vibrant aromas and flavours of citrus of Rockliffe’s 2018 Third Reef Riesling will be absolute perfection.
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The simplicity of the burger is something we all crave from time to time – the softness of the buns, the salty flavours of the beef patty, the richness of the cheese and the sweet tang from the tomato sauce…. The only thing to make it better is a delicious wine to complement this already awesome meal. For a simply dressed burger, opt for Byron and Harold’s The Parnters Pinot Noir 2019, especially if you like mayo! For big and bold burgers, think bacon, blue cheese or even foie gras, opt for a bold and robust red like Moombaki’s 2016 Malbec.
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From sweet to sour and salty to spicy, Thai food offers intense flavour that can take your taste buds on a lovely culinary journey – making this cuisine Australia’s top choice when it comes to takeaway. The crowd pleasing Pad Thai offers a sweet and sour palate that is best paired with a zesty and fresh white wine, such as Castle Rock Estate Riesling 2019. This wine would also pair nicely with a spicy Green Curry or even Tom Yum Gorang.
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If you think wine doesn’t pair well with Indian food, we are here to set the record straight – it does and it’s a beautiful combination! In spiced curries and tomato-based sauces, like Vindaloo or Masala, opt for a fruity wine that can be served cold and balance the spice. We especially love Burch Family Wines’ 2018 Marchand & Burch Villages Rosé. This intricate wine is filled with layered complexities that will complement the tomatoes. For creamier sauces, such as Butter Chicken or Korma, opt for a deeper red wine with medium tannin, such as Silverstream’s 2011 Cabernet Franc.
If you like a veggie option like a green, saucy Palak Paneer, we’d recommend you highlight the herbal element in the sauce with Wignalls’ Sauvignon Blanc 2019 – the herbaceous aromas of this wine will pair wonderfully with this herby dish.
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Chinese is one of Australia’s favourite takeaway cuisines. Take it to the next level by pairing it with a delicious wine from the Great Southern wine region. When it comes to Sweet & Sour Chicken, opt for a fine white wine that has bright acidity to balance the assertive flavours of this classic Chinese dish. Frankland Estate’s 2018 Chardonnay is delightful and charming and will be divine with this dish.
Szechuan chicken’s upfront spice will be perfectly offset with a fruity and acidic wine to create a nice balance. Try Forest Hill 2019 Block 2 Riesling, it will calm the heat and let you enjoy the beautiful flavours of the dish. A Chinese favourite, Beef and Black Bean Stir Fry, this dish is rich yet sweet with big flavours. This is why a spicy red would do wonders. Try Ferngrove 2017 Dragon Shiraz – it will be absolutely delish!