Great British Game Week: Hattingley Valley's Pinot Noir Meets Shaun Rankin's Culinary Delights

In celebration of National Game Week, this week (from the 6th -12th of November), we have joined with our Hattingley Valley Chef Ambassador, the renowned Shaun Rankin at his acclaimed Michelin restaurant, Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, to create a very special food and wine pairing to delight in this festive season. 

Subtly smoky and delightfully smooth, our new vintage Pinot Noir 2022 is wonderfully expressive, offering aromas of ripe red fruit and a subtle hint of tobacco smoke. Its smooth mouthfeel and elegant, lingering finish make it the perfect companion for your favourite game dish. View the full tasting notes here.

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Achieving a memorable food and wine pairing is an art that hinges on the delicate balance of aromas and flavours. So, instead of leaving you to wonder which pairing would be best, we sought the expertise of a true professional. We're thrilled to share with you the recipe for what we believe is one of our best pairings yet! Read on to discover the full details and enhance your dining experience with the perfect fusion of Hattingley Valley's Pinot Noir and Shaun Rankin's culinary expertise. 

What is Great British Game Week?

The national celebration of Great British Game Week is in its seventh year this year and endeavours to promote the enjoyment of Game Dishes to consumers across the UK, in partnership with The British Game Assurance ‘Eat Wild Campaign’. It champions the versatility game with the aim of encouraging people to explore new and different ways of cooking it. 

Of course here at Hattingley, buying British and sourcing local are two causes that are close to our hearts. Much like the art of fine cuisine, the creation of exceptional wines is a labour of love. And inherent to both endeavours, is a deep-rooted passion for the land. Here at Hattingley Valley, our dedicated vineyard team tend to the vines year-round, ensuring that the production of the highest quality fruit is conducted with the utmost care and consideration. In Shaun Rankin's culinary artistry at Grantley Hall, you’ll find a parallel dedication and commitment to showcasing the finest seasonal ingredients with equal gravity.

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Shaun Rankin’s Ultimate Game Pairing 

In his choice of dish to pair with our new vintage, Shaun highlights seasonality and Great British cookery in his classic 'Duck, Beetroot, Orange and Thyme Roasted Potatoes'. This pairing offers a delightful balance of flavours and textures that accentuate the subtleties of our elegant Pinot Noir. So without further ado, let’s delve into the unctuous recipe crafted by Shaun Rankin, one that’s sure to delight your friends and family or impress the guests at your next dinner party. 

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Discover the Recipe: 

Shaun Rankin Duck, Beetroot, Orange and Thyme Roasted potatoes paired with Hattingley Valley Pinot Noir 2022

There you have it, the perfect festive pairing to enjoy this Great British Game Week. We’d like to thank Shaun Rankin and the team at Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall for sharing the recipe with us. And we’d like to thank you, for giving it a try! (Don't forget to tag us @hattingleywines and @shaunrankinrestaurant on Instagram and #GreatBritishGameWeek if you do! We'd love to see your cooking skills in action).

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If you enjoyed this recipe and would like to explore more of Shaun Rankin's Culinary delights, you can visit the restaurant Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall. What’s more, when you make a  reservation during the month of November, you’ll receive a complimentary glass of Hattingley Sparkling Rosé per person on us! Just quote ‘Hattingley Valley’ when you make your reservation. Experience the magic of Grantley Hall whilst you delight in the luxury of the finest English Sparkling Wine this Christmas.

Want a little more festive reading? Why not check out our latest Christmas Gifting blog: Top 5 Gifts for Wine Lovers This Christmas.

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