Go white and dry with fish pie

Saint Clair Winemaker's Blend Chardonnay 2013
Saint Clair Winemaker's Blend Chardonnay 2013
The Bridge Tavern and Camber Dock''''Picture: Paul Simpso

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It’s been the kind of winter where comfort food is the order of the day and, when it comes to comfort food, there are not many dishes that are more warming than a fish pie.

For traditional fish pie a dry white wine with a little body is the ideal choice – time to bring out a Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc.

Blason de Bourgogne Montagny 2010 (Sainsbury’s £11.99, Tesco £14.99) is a southern white Burgundy with a touch of oak, ripe fruit flavours and a nice creamy texture. It’s not overly complex but this really came into its own with fish pie.

Tesco Finest Chenin Blanc 2013, Swartland (Tesco £6.99 buy 4 bottles and get 20 per cent off) is a great introduction to just how good Cape Chenin Blanc can be, even at this price, and this has fleshy, ripe apple and pear fruit and just a hint of spice.

Saint Clair Winemaker’s Blend Chardonnay 2013

From one of Marlborough’s leading producers, the nose shows aromas of white fruits and nuts as well as some well-judged oak in the background. The palate is medium-bodied and has a nice creaminess with more white fruit making this wine a great accompaniment for fish pie.

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