Sausage Week wines

sausage and mashAre you sizzling? If not, why not? Because it’s British Sausage Week, a week devoted to the British Banger and invented by the meat industry to convince us that eating 191 tonnes of sausages each year just isn’t good enough. Okay so the sausages are grilled (don’t prick them it ruins the texture) and there’s an extremely large dollop of creamy mashed potato on the side – but what colour of wine will match this meal fit for a monarch?

Wine and food matching theory suggests matching red wine with red meat and white wine with white meat and fish. But pork is neither quite red meat or white - being pink when raw and turning white when cooked - and so it matches both red and white wines equally well.

But side-servings of onion gravy or Brown Sauce can smother a wine's delicate flavours, so look to match robust reds or fruity whites with these banger and mash extras. Try high tannin red grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Malbec or sausage-friendly lemon tasting whites like Chardonnay, Riesling or Semillon.

Whatever your sausage meal preference, surely it deserves to be accompanied with a tasty bottle of wine?

PG Wine and Sausage Matching Tips

DEbbie & Andrew's sausagesIf you want a sausage that doesn’t spit when being grilled and leave behind a gooey white mess in the pan, and tastes tangy enough to match both Brown Sauce and flavourful wines then you can’t do better than a Debbie & Andrew’s pork shoulder sausages. They’re available at Tesco for £2.58 and Asda are currently offering them at ‘2 for £4’.

Perfect Pork sausage matches

Co-op Premium Leyda Valley Chile Sauvignon Blanc 2009

£6.49 (down from £7.99 until November 15th)

All a plain 80% pork shoulder needs is a white wine with by both tartness and creamy characteristics, and here it is. Gooseberries on the aroma and gooseberries on the taste – classic Sauvignon Blanc flavours and well-made at that. What distinguishes it from the myriad of other gooseberry-tasting Sauvignons is its smooth taste, not a hint of tartness.

Bordière Nord French Vins de Pays D’Oc Marsanne Viognier

£6.99 Majestic (buy 2+ bottles for £5.99)

Lime, lemon and buttery almond macaroon flavours. A nice wine but the flavours do go a bit flat after the wine’s been opened an hour, so keep up the slurp rate.

Harrogate 97% pork and balsamic vinegar sausage matches

Errazuriz Max reservaErrazuriz Chilean Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

£12.49 Waitrose

Respect the huge amount of meat in this sausage and match it to a red with bags of flavour, and the Max Reserva range has just that: blackcurrant and raspberry plus leather and clove.

La Miranda de Secastilla Spanish Garnacha

£10.29 Ocado

Cooked blackcurrants with black coffee and vanilla flavours.

Pork and Apple sausage matches

Cune Spanish Rioja Crianza

£9.99 Majestic (buy 2+ for £7.99)

Lighter apple flavours need a slightly lighter wine so try this light and fruity red with a black pepper edge. Very gluggable.

Bordière Nord French Vins de Pays D’Oc Syrah Grenache

£6.99 Majestic (buy 2+ bottles for £5.99)

If you’ve already got the white version of this then why not get the red? Raspberry and sloe yoghurt flavours.

Sicilian pork sausages with garlic, tomato, basil and mozzarella matches

Co-op Premium Ripasso Valpolicella

£6.49 (down from £7.99 until November 15th)

This sausage has some seriously rich flavours that mean you might only manage to eat one and a bit of them. But hey, you can still keep on with the wine. Try matching it to this port-like wine with its cherry and black coffee flavours.

Errazuriz Chilean Merlot Reserva

£8.58 Asda groceries.asda.com, £8.79 Tesco and Sainsbury’s

Smooth cherry choc and black treacle flavours.

This article has also appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on MatureTimes.co.uk