Here we are in December, a month of the best celebrations. December is a time to build relationships, in person or remotely, and also to treat ourselves, a time to pamper body and soul and of course, food and wine have a very important part to play here.. This is the time of year when we choose the very best things to fill our table.
One of these luxury foods is the truffle, which is known as the black diamond of gastronomy, a mushroom with an enchanting aroma that conquers palates, a precious delicacy that adds something special to dishes.
Truffles are the ideal accompaniment to a good wine: white, red or sparkling, so they are undoubtedly the most wine-friendly luxury ingredient. These two items will create an incomparable duet on you table at this time of year.
Wine and truffle pairings
In France alone there are up to 30 different kinds of truffles, but without doubt, the unrivalled queen of the truffle market is the black truffle (tuber melanosporum), which is in season from mid-November to April.
Wine pairings expert Fiona Beckett says that black truffles are excellent accompaniments to Bordeaux wines where the Cabernet Sauvignon variety predominates, or to Rhone reds and their New World equivalents, which also form excellent pairings with mushrooms.
In terms of red wines, in Piedmont, land of white truffles, they pair their truffled meals with red wines from Barolo and Barbaresco. The mature red wines of Bordeaux and wines made with Pinot Noir are also very good friends of the white truffle, especially if there is chicken on the plate.
So, if you are someone who likes to dress the Christmas table with some of the best wines from your winery, follow this advice from Fiona Beckett, who tells us to try to incorporate truffles into any of our dishes, as wines and truffles share an aromatic affinity that, when put together, provide a delicious embrace and a luxurious harmony that will surprise and delight anyone who tries it.
And of course the next question is, where can I buy good quality truffles? Easy! We recommend an online store that specialises in truffles and mushrooms called Laumont. Here, you can buy truffles with complete confidence and with the assurance that you will be getting an excellent product. We have also partnered with them to offer you a discount on black truffles.
We have created the code TRUFACONVINO that will give you €10 off your truffle purchase at www.laumont.shop. With the same code you will get a €10 discount at Decántalo to enjoy your truffles with the best wines. *Code valid until 28/02/2021 for orders over €100, cannot be used with any other offer.
At Decántalo, we have a wide range of wines and sparkling wines to pair with truffles, but if you’re having a hard time deciding, here are a few suggestions that you can’t go wrong with.
5 wines to pair with your truffle dishes
The French region of Jura is one of the richest wine regions in the world. Their unique wines have been enjoyed all around the world. An example of this is this unusual white wine Domaine de la Pinte Arbois Cuvée D’Automne, made with the Chardonnay and Savagnin varieties and some of which is vinified under a yeast cap. The dry character and oxidative notes of this particular wine mean it will go well with truffle, creating an original and delicious pairing.
The natural evolution of very old red wines brings new aromas that share aromatic hues with truffles. In simpler terms, the characteristics of the elegant and delicate Viña Tondonia Reserva, one of the most world-renowned and sought-after Spanish reds, pair wonderfully with truffle-focussed dishes. A perfect pairing to make any celebration special!
Carlos Esteva, winemaker at the Can Ràfols dels Caus winery and a great lover of Pomerol wines, pays tribute to this French region with his extraordinary single-variety Merlot. An elegant and long-living red wine from Penedès made with great care and patience. An unmissable gem for anyone who loves the great wines of the world. It is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels and rests for at least 8 years in the bottle before being sold. A unique red in the style of mature Bordeaux wines that pairs so well with truffles.
Made with Nebbiolo variety grapes in one of the Italian regions making some of the most sought after wines in the world, Cascina Fontana Barolo is the star red wine of the Cascina Fontana winery and, as we mentioned, Barolo goes very well with truffled dishes. This red wine from Piedmont has a delicious concentration of red fruits, it is rich, complete and silky and the perfect way to celebrate in style!
La Grande Récolte, as its name suggests, is the product of a great vintage, in 2008, considered one of the best in recent times. This champagne is made with the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties and aged for ten years where it develops flavours and aromas that give it a marked elegance. The nuances provided by its long aging go wonderfully well with the organoleptic properties of truffles. A luxurious pairing!
Make your Christmas lunches and dinners an unforgettable experience. With the best truffles and the best wines. An opportunity not to be missed! Don’t miss out! Let us know how it goes! ;D