Game for dinner – then you just have to buy a powerful red wine, most people think. But it’s not that simple, according to the sommelier Jörgen Edlund from the wine agency Top Note Wine.
- Game meat in itself is ferrous and often quite lean and that of course steers the choice of wine – but the side dishes also play a big role, says Jörgen. In fact, it can sometimes work even better with a white wine.
- One of my most enjoyable experiences of a steak tartare was in South Africa when the venison where matched with a locally produced Chenin Blanc, a strong white wine that met the raw steak in a wonderfully balanced way. White wines can also be suitable for lighter game, but the wine needs to have a larger body, which can be found in an oak barrel aged Chardonnay.
We selected some typical game dishes and asked Jörgen Edlund to choose wine for them.
Jörgen Edlund, sommelier
Fried moose / deer/ roe deer with creamy / fat side dishes
Jörgen: For the animalistic tones from the meat, and the quite often fat side dishes, such as fatty sauce, a strong French Bordeaux, a Spanish Priorat or why not an Italian Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, or a Barolo.
Moose / deer / roe deer / wild boar with Asian side dishes such as chili, coriander and soy
Jörgen: Here it is important to be careful with the tannins. The rough tannins in a strong red wine do not match spicy food at all. I suggest a semi-sweet Riesling, or a Chenin Blanc for Asian flavors. It also works with fruit-driven red wines from slightly warmer climates, such as a Shiraz from Australia, which has milder tannins, or why not a Zinfandel from California.
Wine-scented Tuscan game stew with pasta
Jörgen: If the stew has Italian flavors, such as wine, tomato, rosemary, garlic, why not choose a red wine from Italy: A Sangiovese-based red wine like Chianto Classico or a slightly more luxurious Brunello di Montalcino.
Boeuf Bourguignon – a French stew with wine, smoked pork, mushrooms and thyme
Jörgen: Choose a strong red wine that can match the strong flavors. Not to rough, i.e. not too much tannins, but still a wine with a body that can meet the food in a balanced way. Try for example a red wine from Priorat or a Ribera del Duero, which both are high quality wine regions in Spain. And of course it also works with French alternatives, why not from Rhône, where you get herbs and strength. A Hermitage or a simpler alternative.
Jörgen: To match a wine to smoked game, you can choose wines from the grape varieties Pinot Noir or Pinotage, which goes well with the smoky tones in the meat. If the smoked meat is served with sweet side dishes, you can also look at white wines such as a semi-sweet wine from Alsace.
Wild birds (wild duck or grouse) with cabbage and apple
Jörgen: Here it works with a slightly stronger red wine again, like a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot, why not from the new wine world. If you cook the cabbage and apple, they become sweeter and are generally better suited to the wine.
Beef Rydberg with French mustard and horseradish
Jörgen: If you like to eat your Beef Rydberg with a lot of horseradish and mustard, you have to be a little careful with too much tannins / roughness in the wine. But if you balance the dish with a reasonable amount of horseradish and mustard, then a classic Bordeaux will be fantastic together with the dish, or why not a grape Cabernet Franc or Malbec.
It is always important to find balance when it comes to the quality of food and wine, says Jörgen Edlund. If you have fine ingredients in form of game meat with all the prerequisites for a wonderful dining experience, then do not forget to prioritize high quality wine.
Text: Lena Runer
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In our series of Friday recipes we will start with a tempting recipe right from the grill
Capercaillie is the bird that bears the clearest flavors from the wilds, which creates unique and delicious dishes with a lot of taste and aroma. It is not uncommon to also feel hints of the capercaillie's one-sided diet of pine needles and junipers. Click here to get to the recipe
This Friday recipe offers a fallow deer recipe by our Norma Academy member, BBQ master and hunter, Jimmy Stening. Click here to get the recipe
The fall is getting closer and nothing could be better than a recipe of a lovely soup. Today, Therese Tillman is making a goulasch soup on moose. Click here to get to the recipe
If you have only tasted these pheasant nuggets once, you are 100% done with fast food nuggets. Click here to get to the recipe
Today's friday menu consists of a wild version of a classic Swedish dish by Jimmy Stening. Click here to get to the recipe.
This Friday we offer an autumn soup à la René Jantzen with carrot and meatballs as main ingredients. Click here to get to the recipe
We are in the middle of the moose hunt here in Sweden. So this Friday we would like to offer a recipe on moose. Click here to get to the recipe.
You can make a lot of different dishes with wild boar meat. Today Jimmy Stening will be making a classic dish from the farms out in the Swedish country called Raggmunk. Click here to get to the recipe.
This Friday we are making minced venison beefs. In this recipe the meat is from fallow deer but of course you can use whatever minced meat you have at home. Click here to get to the recipe.
This Friday, our Team Norma member Jimmy Stening, offers you a recipe for butter-fried moose top round steak with tasty complements. Click here to get to the recipe.
Has the wild boar hunt gone well? Wild boar ham adds an additional dimension, a tasty one, to the Christmas table. And just like with successful hunting, it is important to plan well, but we all know how good the result will be. Click here to get to the recipe.
This golden and delicious dish is a classic, not least for hunters and others who enjoys to prepare game. Roasted turkey is easy to cook and makes you an instant favorite among the guests! Click here to get to the recipe.
This soup gives' warmth in the body after a cold day in the woods. Click here to get to the recipe.
This Friday, Therese Tillman serves pulled pork. It requires a little preparation for the meat to get extra tender. In this recipe a Sous Vide is used, if you do not have one it is of course possible to cook the meat on low heat in the oven. Click here to get to the recipe.
Shepherd's pie is an old tradition in the British kitchen. Like many other traditional dishes, it originates from a time when it was necessary to be economical with food and to not waste anything you could make use of. In this dish, the meat leftovers are utilized by covering it with mashed potatoes. Today we're putting a spin on this traditional dish by making it with venison. Click here to get to the recipe.
This Friday, Therese Tillman offers a recipe with fillet of Deer. In this recipe a Sous Vide is used, if you do not have one it is of course possible to cook the meat on low heat in the oven. Click here to get to the recipe.
Make your Friday more luxurious with a delicious mushroom risotto together with wild boar steak. With a combination of tasteful chanterelles, crispy almonds and fresh herbs it can't be anything else but a success. Click here for the recipe!
This Friday we offer a recipe from René Jantzen. Delicious, stuffed peppers in a self-composed tomato sauce with fresh herbs. The dish requires some time in the oven but not so much effort in the kitchen. Check out the recipe here!
This Friday, Therese makes a comeback with a recipe on a true traditional Swedish dish - meatballs made of wild meat with potatoes, pressed cucumber and lingonberries. Click here to get to the recipe and serve your family or friends a delicious meal that suits every occasion!
New Friday, new recipe! This Friday René Jantzen will make a filo pie with minced venison and spicy potatoes. Click here to get the recipe.
It's Friday which means time for a brand new Friday recipe! Today Jimmy Stening will be cooking wild boar with pepper sauce, served with fried potatoes and garlic buttered mushrooms with green onions. Click here to get the recipe
This taco soup by Mette Karin Petersen is full of flavor and is good with both pheasant, partridge or deer. Click here to get to the recipe.
A classic with a wild twist. Fried beef tartare served with fresh grated horseradish, capers and egg yolk on top of a butter fried piece of bread. This is one of the perfect choices for a wild weekdays. It takes less than 30 minutes to cook. Click here to get the recipe.
This Friday our ambassador Therese Tillman will share a recipe on a tasty and easy-to-cook classic, not least among hunters in the Nordics. The dish works well together with fresh forest mushrooms. Click here to get to the recipe.
This Friday our ambassador Mette Karin Petersen will share a recipe on lemon pheasant schnitzel. “This recipe is quick and easy to cook, perfect for wild weekdays. I can also highly recommend trying it out with wild boar meat.” Click here to get to the recipe.
When the days are getting colder it can be cozy to get warm with a tasty soup. Click here to get to the recipe
Cabbage pudding is a classic dish in the Swedish kitchen. This Friday we offer a variant with red deer. Click here to get to the recipe.
Beef Rydberg is a classical swedish dish. This Friday, Therse Tillman, who has a penchant for low-fat and climate smart venison, puts her special touch on the classic dish by using moose instead of the original recipes beef tenderloin. Click here to get to the recipe.
December is here and dinners with family and friends are just around the corner. This Friday we offer a tasty fallow deer recipe by René Jantzen. Click here to get to the recipe.
Welcome to my GO TO! We eat this once or twice a week. Easy, simple and light. In less than 15 min. food is ready. You can cook the pheasant with and without panko, up to you. Bon appétit!
This Friday, Therese Tillman is making a moose roast but in the swedish way, called Tjälknöl. It is made from a frozen moose steak that is roasted at a low temperature. The roast will be served with a hearty salad. This meal is perfect for both lunch and dinner, or why not eat it outside now when the weather is getting warmer. Click here to get the recipe.
Today, Therese Tillman offers a traditional Swedish dish called Wallenbergare. A Wallenbergare usually consists of finely ground veal, today it’s made from moose veal. Together with the mashed potatoes, green peas and shredded butter, it is a perfect dinner, both for weekdays and dinners with friends. Click here to get to the recipe.
Looking for a wild lunch? Here it is! A whitetail sandwich with fresh bell pepper. All kind of deer meat works for this sandwich, so go ahead and choose your favorite. In this recipe Mette uses a whitetail tenderloin, but all cooked pink venison meet can be used. Click here to get to the recipe.
Today our ambassador Mette Karin Petersen is cooking a classic Danish dish with a wild twist. Click here to get to the recipe.
In Sweden we are celebrating Midsummer this time of the year. A hearty midsummer lunch is the basis for getting energy for dancing and festivities with friends and family. Today we will share a recipe for a delicious buffet with venison as a basis. The buffet is of course good for any festive occasion.