Tomatoes

Jukes Wine And Food Tomato

Strangely, tomatoes are pretty fussy when it comes to wine matching (see ‘Soup’). Pinot Noir works well but, generally, New World versions perform better than their Old World counterparts, as they often have more fruit expression and lower acidity. Other reds, like Sicilian Nero d’Avola, Aglianico, Primitivo (all southern Italy) and any juicy, warm-climate Merlot or Zinfandel are accommodating. When raw, as in a salad, rosé or Sauvignon Blanc is a good choice. A tomato sauce demands dry, light whites and Italy is the best place to look for these, as they are often ripe and cheap. Ketchup, while delicious, is so sweet and vinegary that it gives wine a hard time, so use sparingly on your burger if you like drinking fine wine. Drench it if you’re gunning down a cheap glugging red.