By Sara Mele
Here at Cafe we try our best to offer produce that has as little impact on the environment as possible. That’s why it’s important that our wines reflect the same ethos. Our wine list is entirely organic, biodynamic and natural.
Following in the footsteps of the Slow Food movement, our selection of Italian wines is small but very considered. One of my favourite pours is Lugana, Il Gruccioni by Nunzio Ghiraldi, from Lombardy.
Lombardy is one of the places I grew up and seeing one of the most exemplary products from this region available at a restaurant like Cafe St Honoré fills me with joy!
Lugana is made with the Trebbiano grape, from the area near lake Sirmione. It’s a dry white with fruity and almond notes, a subtle texture and rich minerality. This is what makes the wine so special to me - the versatility of the taste.
On a recent trip to Verona with my other half, I recognised the bottle on the drinks list of a local osteria, and already being one of my favourites in Edinburgh, we decided we would complement our duck ragu and clam spaghetti with this succulent drop. As we expected, it was a very charming match! I was pleased to reaffirm my belief this is a wine that works well with rich, earthy dishes like the pork belly with Toulouse sausage cassoulet at Café, much like that rustic duck ragu and summery clam spaghetti in Italy.
Cafe St Honoré specialises in traditional Scottish recipes using entirely local produce, with a little French twist, so it’s fitting that the majority of wines on our list are French. 29 to be exact.
Les Piliers de Maison Blanche from Montagne Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux is one of my first choices when looking for a no-brainer glass of red. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sourced from a vineyard farmed biodynamically. Fruit-driven and aged in oak, this is a classic at Café.
It’s a real crowd-pleaser that works well with so many dishes, but particularly worth a try with our Perthshire venison and Stornoway black pudding. Because of the wine’s remarkably light character, this can be savoured as an appetiser, or at the end of the meal with a scrumptious Mellis cheese board.