Friday Night Cookalong: Risotto with Jan Ostle of Wilson’s… And some wine too!


It’s Fridaaaaay!!!! And tonight it’s Jan Ostle of Wilson’s 7thInstagram Live cookalong. I’ll be hosting, facilitating questions from you, the viewer, and sipping wine too!

On the menu tonight is risotto of white onion, broad beans and black truffle, finished with pecorino cheese. This is served with steamed artichoke in garlic butter and Wilson’s signature chestnut mushroom tart.

Wow! What a beautiful combination. There’s a lot going on here, so to find a wine that covers all of these flavour profile, is a challenge! But here are three white wines that will bring out different elements of this exquisite dish.

Tune in later to see the dish prepared, and to hear about these wines. You can also fire questions over to Jan and I.

Just, go to Instagram and click on @wilsonsbristol or @tvsandyclarke when we go live at 7pm.

In the meantime, if you didn’t get your hands on the delicious Verdicchio from Wilson’s, here are my wine choices available nationwide.

Ghost Corner, The Bowline 2016 (Waitrose £19.99)

  • More than 130 ships have found their final resting place around southernmost tip of South Africa.
  • This rugged landscape is the inspiration for Ghost Corner wines made in Elim Ward by David Nieuwoudt.
  • Sailors call the bowline the ‘king of knots’ (and this beautiful wine ties two classic South African white grape varieties together: Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon).
  • There’s a dash of oak which is really subtle.
  • Nose: Fresh white grapefruit and a hint of flint.
  • Palate: Gentle and luxurious on the palate, this wine has the perfect balance of delicate grapefruit tones with stone fruit and a steely minerality. There’s a light hint of black pepper heat and a little lift on the finish.

Classics Gavi 2019 (M&S £8) 

  • Gavi is home of the Cortese grape which makes this wine.
  • This wine is made by father and son team Claudio and Carlo Manera. They work with Araldica, a grape-growing co-operative in Piedmont, Italy.
  • It’s fresh, young and modern.
  • Nose: Fresh pears, freshly cut grass and blossom.
  • Palate: Those ripe pears are complemented by some green apple bite and a fresh streak of lemon on the finish. There’s also a gentle minerality here too.

Wakefield Jaraman Chardonnay 2018 (Majestic £17.99 / £15.99 Mix 6 price)

  • I wanted to recommend this wine last week, but Jan’s internet connection cut us off!
  • But thankfully this wine will work brilliantly here.
  • This is from a family-owned vineyard in Australia, and it is a blend with a difference…
  • A blend of grapes from Clare Valley & Margaret River in Australia.
  • Nose: Apricots and flint. Popcorn hints too.
  • Palate: Nectarine and hints of citrus (lemon and tangerine). Good rich texture but thanks to the minerality, it’s not too buttery. There’s a steak of freshness that gives you something that you don’t always expect from Australian Chardonnay.

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