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SWIG’s Ultimate takeout wine pairings - Pick me ups for that final stretch of Lockdown

With a post lockdown opening date for restaurants on the horizon but still very much in the distance, now is the time to ease those final weeks of waiting with some knockout pairings to lift your takeway to the heights of haute cuisine


Chip shop

Here at swig we’ve been known to combine a bottle of vintage champagne with a trip to the chippy after our tastings and its quite the pairing. Crisp clean lines of acidity and bubbles work perfectly with anything fried and something about this kind of simple yet grand pairing feels effortlessly indulgent. Newspaper wrapping and crystal glassware welcome.

Wiston Brut NV £26.50 - For those wanting that extra level of extravagance this is quite simply one of the finest examples of English fizz out there. Bonus points for the fact that it was used to Christen HMS Britannia in a ceremony attend by The Queen!

Savage Salt River Sauvignon £17.50 - A Sancerre style Sauvignon from Swig poster boy Duncan Savage this elegant and beautiful drop highlights things perfectly whilst also withstanding the punchy tang of tartare and chip shop mushy peas

Swig favourites: Wolfies Hove, FLADDA Fish and Chips Camberwell


When the end of the week is rung in by the slam of the laptop lid sometimes it just feels right. Joyous ‘vin de soif’ style reds to quench the thirst and satisfy the table seem like the right idea here. Nothing too boisterous that won’t mind competing with a good film for your attention.

Rosso Piceno Miru £12.50 - Infinitely accessible and always there when you need it. This wine has an effortless everyday appeal with an extra warmth of rustic charm and it’ll have you glowing like a garden gnome in no time. Lots of lovely little red fruits on display with a twist of fresh mountain herbs

Ortrugo Bonelli £12.50 - Perfect for the table and anyone committing to pizza bianca the fresh zippy stone-fruit aromatics here will also sing with creamy burrata and parma harm

Swig Favourites: Four Hundred Rabbits Nunhead, Franco Manca


There is a lot of fun to be had with pairings here. For whites fresher concentrated aromatic styles leaning towards the tropical fruit end of the spectrum work well. When it comes to Red juicy fruiter styles are perfect, especially for a meatier rogan josh type of fayre. (note that oak Is the enemy of spice when it comes to wine pairing).

Albarino Nai e Senora £14.50 – seriously quaff-worthy with an extra layer of stone fruit and tropical exoticism to match the heat. A firm swig staple .

Touriga Vai Nua Fitapreta 2019  £14.95 -  lifted and bright but still unctuously textured and un-oaked with waves of beautifully perfumed red fruits drink with tandoori chicken and grilled lamb skewers

Swig Favourites: Gymkhana 


The classic match here is Riesling but why not take it even further with a fun zingy Alsace white, crisp rose and vibrant reds are also your friend here.

Pierres Sauvages Vignoble du Reveur 2018 £19.95 -  A juicy mouthful of tropical fruit blended to perfection  from Alsace protege Mattheiu Deiss and Emanuelle Milan. The lifted aromatics cleanse the palate and combine beautifully with spice. 

Coteaux Bourguignons Jean des Valanges 2018 £9.95  - This elegant Bourgogne red made from Gamay is the ideal all rounder for pretty much any occasion and will sing beautifully with cantonese style duck.

Swig Favourties: Silk Road, A Wong

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