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For the fourth year in a row, Langmeil Winery and The Charming Squire are joining forces to bring you Must. Dine. Langmeil. This prestigious event is always a fantastic evening out with great food, beautifully paired wines from Langmeil and plenty of good company. In anticipation, we sat down with James Lindner, the owner of Langmeil Winery to find out how we too can wine match like a boss!
What’s your number one piece of advice when it comes to pairing wine with food?
If you use similar thoughts when cooking food such as what matches what, it is the same as wine with food. It should be flavours that complement each other and for this reason you can even sometimes find the chef looking to add some of the wine to the dish to help bring the flavours together.
Is there a wine rule that should definitely be broken?
There should not be rules in wine but it should be ever evolving and an ever learning journey.
For the less experienced wine connoisseurs, which wine could you recommend that would pretty much go with anything?
I love the Langmeil Three Gardens SMG very much for this reason, it is a red blend of Shiraz Mataro and Grenache and as it has a broad flavour profile of fruit, spice, savouriness and good acidity it is very much an all-rounder. I find you can have a glass while you’re cooking, one for the pot and then with the meal (small glasses obviously). As they say if you don’t like the taste don’t cook with it..
What is the difference between ‘complementing’ and ‘contrasting’ flavours when it comes to wine-matching?
This is a hard on! I enjoy the complementing style as it is a part of the dish, or in fact both the food and the wine, when combined that bring the best out in each other. I think the main thing is – just like wine – whatever you like most, your taste senses and mind will tell you if you like it or not. If you stay true to yourself you will find the dish that suits you the most.
Tell us about Langmeil Winery! What could we look forward to if we were to make a visit?
With a history dating back to 1842, Langmeil Winery is one of a few places where the blend of Barossa’s cultural beginnings with world-class winemaking can truly be experienced. Pioneer Christian Auricht first settled the trading site of Langmeil where he established what is understood to be the world’s oldest surviving shiraz vineyard, believed to be planted in 1843. Today, the winery grounds form a captivating pocket of Australian history, now owned by the Lindner family, whose own mark on the Barossa landscape spans six-generations of regional farming, food, community, and now wine.
The Charming Squire’s Must. Dine. Langmeil. event is fast approaching. What are you most looking forward to?
The two main things I am looking forward to is meeting our Langmeil friends again and also to experience all the sensors of the pairing of the food and the wine. The combination of food, wine and friends makes up the very core of what we enjoy at home. It is one of the most simple things of life and yet the most memorable of times, listening and sharing stories or even just solving the problems of the world.