It’s true, a pint is probably the first beverage the English
would reach for when searching for the perfect pairing for their
That’s because England is known for its pints. But the wine we
have in mind for this dish is also a perfect match for these
meat-filled pastry pies. And although it’s not homegrown, the area
it comes from was once owned by England for almost 300 years.
As Ann Vogel mentioned at the end of her article, Cornish
pasties originated in Cornwall, England — as she pointed out, the
legend at the time was the Devil refused to cross the River Tamar
into Cornwall because he heard the Cornish put anything into their
Well unlike the Devil, the English clearly had no problems
crossing the river, or the English Channel for that matter, and
that’s what we suggest you do to find the perfect wine for this
We’re going to hop continents and head to France’s
Bordeaux region for our recommended pairing with
Vogel’s Cornish Pasties
As we stated earlier, England once owned Bordeaux thanks to the
marriage of Henry II to Eleanor of Aquitaine. Bordeaux was a part
of the dowry that accompanied the enticingly rich beauty.
But beyond good looks, Eleanor was also an exceedingly smart
businesswoman who came up with the idea to ship Bordeaux’s wine to
England. This international trade made Bordeaux one of France’s
richest cities during the 13th and 14th centuries. Today wine is
still one of the region’s main exports.
The red grape varieties grown in Bordeaux also grow well in
Washington. Merlot, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc are the most
common grapes blended to make red Bordeaux wine.
Malbec, Petit Verdot and
Carmenere grapes are also used to a lesser
While we recommend three Bordeaux wines, a Washington
Bordeaux-style blend would also make a nice substitute — like
Brynn’s favorite: Kiona Vineyards
and Winery’s take on a Bordeaux blend.
Its Cabernet/Merlot is $12. If you prefer to
dine like the English with your Cornish pasties and
Claret (the English term for red Bordeaux) we
suggest Château Brisson’s 2009
Château Baby for $10, a 2009
Château du Pin for $8 or
Château Peyraud Premier Cote de
Blaye for about $11.
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