We have been watching Lorraine Pascale’s Fast, Fresh And Easy Food and fancied trying Prawn Linguine with Chorizo & Cabernet Tomato Sauce. Lorraine describes herself as a chorizo lover and we are too. As well as chorizo, wine and tomatoes, this highly-flavoured and delicious recipe contains fennel, rosemary, oregano, garlic, chilli and harissa paste. For some reason we cannot find the recipe on the BBC website, but found it here.
We thought an Italian red would pair well and opened a bottle of Collezione de Paolo Poggerissi 2010, Rosso di Toscana, a medium-bodied Sangiovese red from the Sunday Times Wine Club. It had cherry fruitiness and a slight sweetness and whilst the wine tasted acceptable, we thought we could achieve a better match with the food.
We decided to try a bottle of Marques de Carano Gran Seleccion 2009, a medium-bodied Spanish red from Tesco. (See 29 October 2011 for thoughts on the 2007 vintage). It tasted of plums, cherries, with a slight spiciness, some vanilla sweetness and a smooth chocolatey finish. A much better pairing.