If you love wine and you love food, but are not sure how to put them together, a new website will help you out. 

This week, one of Australia’s best known wine brands, McGuigan Wines and TV chef John Torode of Smiths of Smithfield, launched their new Recipe Collection.  

The idea is to assist wine and food lovers in wine matching with easy to make recipes, in an accessible, online format. See the website for details. 

Neil McGuigan and John Torode held a press lunch yesterday at the stylish central London venue, 29 Portland Place, W1 with wines from McGuigan’s extensive range and food from John Torode’s recipes, covering picnics to dinner party classics. 

Top picks from The Neil McGuigan and John Torode Recipe Collection include: 

Muffaletta is a big round loaf filled with cheese, meats, olives or anything you fancy, then cut into slices when eating al fresco. McGuigan Reserve Chardonnay, £9.99, Tesco is an excellent quality ‘new world’ example that picks up all the elements of the picnic loaf recipe. 

Salads are not just a side. You could add some Manchego Viejo cheese to the asparagus, pea and mint dish to make it a light lunch. McGuigan’s Classic Semillon Blanc, £5.99, Tesco, is a ‘different style’ of Semillon – crisp, flinty with moderate alcohol. See details here. Try instead of Pinot Grigio.

Roast plums with panna cotta is a versatile pudding to which you could add different flavours and spices. Sweet wines are often best chilled. McGuigan Botrytis Semillon (info here) is honeyed and rich, yet has a refreshing saline tang. A great value wine style that goes with all puddings and cakes.

For all the recipes and wines, see the website

Neil McGuigan was the winner of IWSC Winemaker of the Year 2012 for the third time and the company is still run by the founding family. To keep in touch with their Irish roots, McGuigan created a City Vineyard wine tasting event in Dublin last September. 

McGuigan Wines are widely available, including from Tesco

(photo – Darcie / Flickr Creative Commons)

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