What to drink with our Fregola Risotto

In last week’s blog we talked about the newest addition to our spring menu, the Fregola Risotto. It is light, refreshing and bursting with Mediterranean flavours and colours. Our Fregola Risotto is very delicious and flavoursome but at Bel Canto we believe that the perfect matching wine really enhances the flavour of the food – so pairing the perfect dish with the perfect wine sounds like a great idea!

Such a delicate dish like our Fregola Risotto requires a light wine with acidity. If you are a white wine lover, a Sauvignon Blanc or a Gruner Veltliner is what you are looking for. Alternatively, if you prefer red wine, a Pinot Noir, Chianti or  Barbera will definitely satisfy you and match deliciously with the dish. For those of you who are really feeling the summer vibes, you can also pair this dish with a rosé of your choice like our Jean Max Roger, Sancerre ‘Grange Dimieres’.

Will it be a white wine?

If you are looking for a white wine to pair with your fregola risotto our Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc is an exquisite match. It originates from Marlborough, New Zealand and has a medium – medium high acidity. Fruity and aromatic, with flavours of lime, green apple, pear, kiwi and white peach, it really compliments the taste of the fregola. Served at the ideal chilled temperature between 8-11 degrees Celsius, it will certainly take you to Mediterranean places and give you the feeling of that light summer breeze.

For those of you who prefer oaked wines, we suggest the Turk Gruner Veltliner Weinberger originating from Austria’s Kamptal region. Pale yellow in colour and rich and complex in taste, this white wine has flavours of white peach, apple and citrus. The combination of the fruity flavours and the peppery overtones make this white wine intensely aromatic and versatile. Its harmonious acidity is exactly what matches with our Fregola Risotto.

… or red wine?

If you fancy red wine during your fregola, we suggest the ‘Buis d’Aps’ Pinot Noir. Shiny in colour and lively in taste, this Pinot Noir is perfect for the warm weather.  Well balanced and slightly oaky, it contains various red fruits that certainly give you the feeling of summer.

If you are going for the whole Mediterranean experience, we suggest our Casale dello Sparviero Chianti Classico. Originating from Tuscany, this is a truly Mediterranean wine. This wine has an exquisite structure and personality due to the careful selection of the Sangiovese grapes. You can taste the flavours of ripe berries and spices as well as pepper and sweet tobacco and it is perfect with light pasta dishes like fregola.

These wines have been carefully hand selected for Bel Canto’s guests by our General Manager and resident wine expert Ilya! Whether you go for a white wine or a red one, Ilya will be more than happy to give you suggestions and information about wines that will surpass your standards!

Muscat de Riversaltes – a wine made for Spring

March is the first month of Spring, and it’s all about refreshing flavours and vibrant colours.  Sweet pairings are the perfect way to start the season and we have the ultimate combination for you. Last week our post was about crème brûlée, a delectable dessert with a long history. Its rich, creamy texture and its crunchy caramelised crust make it the perfect light dessert for Spring and yes, we have managed to pair it with a sweet, refreshing dessert wine – the Muscat des Rivesaltes. 

Muscat de Riversaltes is an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée in Roussillon, for fortified wines using the Muscat grape. All Muscat de Rivesaltes wines, are a specialty of the area and are classified as naturally sweet wines. The region of Roussillon is located between the French Pyrenees and the Mediterranean and the sunny, warm climate creates the perfect weather conditions for the grapes to ripe.

All Muscat de Rivesaltes wines are made from 2 different grape varieties. The Muscat Blanc variety provides aromas of exotic and citrus fruits while the Muscat of Alexandria gives a floral and ripe stone vibe. Each producer decides on the ratio of the varieties blended according to his preference, but the combination of the two usually gives the wine aromas of peach, lemon and mango.

This wine’s colour absolutely matches the colours of Spring. Pale gold sometimes with a silvery-green tinge in the beginning, as years go by it turns into deep gold with orange and amber notes. Its sugar levels are quite high (100g/l) and so is its alcohol level (15%). One glass of this honeyed, caramelly wine will be just enough! 

A match made in heaven, our Muscat de Rivesaltes and our crème brûlée served with raspberry and basil will not disappoint you. This combination is the perfect ending to a wonderful Spring night of French food and live opera.

An Alternative Post-work Drinks Idea

It’s already Wednesday and we cannot wait for our Friday Funday to arrive and for the weekend to begin.

As per the British culture, the Friday after-work-drinks session with colleagues is a thing and according to statistics one in five UK employees will attend a pub crawling session with colleagues at least once a month, 11 per cent of whom will keep drinking until the end of the night.  According to Forbes Magazine, there are many advantages to attending this kind of events. You get to know your colleagues better and you bond with senior management in a more relaxed environment. Bel Canto offers the perfect ambiance for a post work drinks gathering.

At Bel Canto, you have the opportunity to have fun, bond with colleagues and eat high quality food while watching a live opera show and sipping a glass of exquisite French wine.  Here are a few reasons why you should book with us your next post work gathering.

The ideal setting: During your visit, you will be watching our singers/waiters perform a live opera show but there will also be plenty of pauses throughout so you can talk to and bond with your colleagues.

The food: The Bel Canto menu offers high quality French food with lots of options for you to choose from. Always remember that if you run out of icebreakers, commenting on the food is always a great way to start a conversation!

The fun: What can be more fun than singing? We are lucky enough to have some of the finest artists and singers from across the world perform at our restaurant.

Bel Canto’s Group Bookings Promotion: Booking as a group will unlock unique offers and discounts for your party.  You also have the option to choose one of our set menus and be aware of how much you will spend in advance. Get in touch with Bel Canto to find out more.

A post work gathering at Bel Canto, guarantees you an evening full of fun, great food and high quality drinks. You will get to promote your cultural side amongst your colleagues and managers, and also figure out what they actually like in terms of music, food and entertainment! Which might also make things easier for you for the next Secret Santa!