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Wine Grapes

We are passionate about our wines here at the Brudenell Hotel and love to share our knowledge with our customers. Here you will find out information on the grapes themselves and what food matches go well with the different wine styles on offer.


This classic grape originated in the famous wine region of Burgundy but can now be found grown all over the world. The grape itself can be quite neutral and the depth of flavour can depend on the terroir and oak barrels it is stored in. Chardonnay produced in Australia is on the rise where the hot climate and oak ageing produces a much fruiter, heavier style.

Chardonnay food and wine matching

Fruity, lightly oaked Chardonnays will pair wonderfully with salmon dishes. Steamed salmon or salmon fish cakes will work wonders with the light, smooth feel of a Chardonnay from New Zealand or South Africa.

We also highly recommend enjoying a crisp and refreshing glass of chardonnay on our seafront terrace when the sun is shining.

Top producers of Chardonnay – France, Australia, New Zealand, USA, South Africa, Italy

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc became popular in the Loire valley where it gained a big reputation for producing some top quality wines. Fast forward a few years and it is the wines that New Zealand has been producing that have been gaining rave reviews in recent years. This grape has a sharp aroma with a crisp, dry and refreshing taste.

Sauvignon Blanc food and wine matching

Sauvignon Blanc is a really versatile grape that can work with a variety of dishes. Oily fish and seafood will work wonders with the flavours of the wine. Alternatively, pair with rich tomato based sauces and cheese.

Top producers of Chardonnay – France, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, USA


A really versatile grape that is easy to drink on its own but also acts as the perfect partner when blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz. Merlot is one of the most widely planted grapes in Bordeaux but has recently enjoyed great success in New Zealand.

Merlot food and wine matching

A light Merlot is perfect on a warm summer’s day where a light salad or pasta will be the ideal match. Red meats and richer dishes will be the meal of choice in the evening but avoid overly salty foods with a bottle of Merlot.

Top producers of Merlot – France, USA, Chile, New Zealand

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet sauvignon makes up a huge amount of the red wine consumed in the UK. This grape has links to the Bordeaux region but these days it can be found across the globe in all of the key wine producing regions such as Napa Valley in California, Stellenbosch in South Africa and Maipo Valley in Chile.

Cabernet Sauvignon food and wine matching

This grape tends to be full-flavoured so pairing with grilled, roasted or braised red meats will be a great match. Common flavours include blackcurrant, chocolate and cedar which will all compliment beef, duck and lamb.

Top producers of Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, France, South Africa and Chile.


One of the most used grapes in its native Spain but most people wont know that they have tasted it before. This grape variety tends to ripen earlier than most and is the main grape used in one of Spains biggest exports, Rioja.

Tempranillo food and wine matching

Tempranillo is incredibly versatile and as it is usually highly oaked it can work very well with grilled vegetables and meats. Slightly spicy dishes and spices such as cajun will pair wonderfully with this brilliant Spanish grape.

Top producers of Merlot – Spain, USA, Australia


An aromatic white grape that is full of flavour and one of the best wines to pair with a variety of foods due to its balance of intense acidity, minerality, and fruit.

Tempranillo food and wine matching

If you have a dry Riesling then leaning towards salmon, pork and chicken dishes will provide the best results. Try and avoid strong tomato based sauces.

Top producers of Merlot – Germany, France, USA

Pinot Grigio

An extremely popular grape variety from Italy (also known as Pinot Gris) has become one of the most consumed grapes around the world. A crisp, easy drinking wine that is a great food wine as well as being enjoyed in an al fresco setting - particularly BBQs!.

Pinot Grigio food and wine matching

Aim for light seafood dishes where the refreshing minerals in the wine will bring out more flavour. Avoid anything to overpowering like tuna, salmon and duck.

Top producers of Merlot – Italy, Germany, France, USA.