The Great British Bake Off with wine: The Perfect Match

Last night saw the long-anticipated final of The Great British Bake off, and people were glued to their televisions for an emotional, nail-biting hour as the three finalists, Luis, Nancy and Richard, battled it out for first place. With over 12 million people tuning in to watch, it was the most popular final by far.
This series was as good as ever, with drama and disaster accompanied by a particularly high standard of competition. No one will be forgetting the baked Alaska fiasco any time soon, and I doubt anyone in the next series will be chucking their bakes quite so unceremoniously in the bin…
We at CellarVie Wines have piled together some of our favourite bakes from The Great British Bake Off with recipes attached from over the last ten weeks, and paired them with some brilliant wines. It’s certainly a great coping mechanism for all bake off fans; now you have another activity to occupy your Wednesday evenings! Baking and wine…it’s a match made in heaven.

Richard’s Pesto Pinwheel
Find the recipe on the BBC Food website
This loaf, filled with homemade pesto, walnuts, roasted vegetables and feta, is made for sharing and would make a lovely addition to any picnic.
Perfect with:
Costanza di Mineo Cor Leon Grillo 2013 £9.99
Italy | Sicily
A deliciously floral wine offering vibrant citrus fruit and apricot aromas, with concentrated tropical flavours on the palate. This distinctively Sicilian wine has excellent poise and fresh mineral characteristics and it is very food friendly.
Grillo is a grape that is incredibly hard to manage in the vineyard because you have to wait for it to reach its absolute aromatic peak before picking. A day late or if you don’t pick at the correct time the grape loses its intensity and the flavour will diminish, which is the absolute goal of this wine. This vibrantly tasty white is made in vineyards that surround the ancient town of Corleone, 1,000 metres above sea level.
Martha’s Mini Beef Wellingtons
Find the recipe on the BBC Food website

These individual beef Wellingtons can either be served hot as a main course with veggies, or cold as a picnic treat.
Perfect with:
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 £9.99
South Africa | Stellenbosch
Made from 30-year-old vines on the original Kleine Zalze Farm this wine goes through a very traditional wine-making process to ensure that the quality of the grapes shines through in the glass.
Minimum intervention from the winemaker means that it is pure and full, packed with blackcurrant, cassis and warm savoury flavours. This is one to sit back and relish and requires suitably strong flavours, preferably from a barbeque or a lazy Sunday roast.

Chetna’s Indian hot-water crust pies

Find the recipe on the BBC Food website

Pork-free picnic pies made with veggie hot water crust pastry - one pie is completely vegetarian and the other has a flavour-packed chicken filling.
Perfect with:
A. Ogier et Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011 £15.99
France | Rhône

From the iconic vineyards of Châteauneuf du Pape comes this phenomenally good valued and organically grown wine. Packed full of classically Southern Rhône, warm, dark fruit flavours on the palate and heavily scented herbs on the nose, this beautiful wine really does deliver supreme quality from one of the world’s most famous regions.

Written by: Lucy Prosser

Lucy Prosser 


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