Wine Pairing: Taken To The Extreme

Fiona Baker-Brown
Author – Fiona Baker-Brown

Pairing wine with Kangaroo, Crocodile and Barramundi! Seriously?

We all love the typical regional food and wine matches when we go abroad, for me it’s a big part of the holiday. When I travel I love to try new / different foods. So simply because I tried to pair wine with Kangaroo, Crocodile and Barramundi when I was I travelling Australia, I thought I’d write something a little bit different for you.

I loved travelling round Australia, crossing the whole continent to see the vineyards in Margaret River, Hunter Valley, McLaren Vale (to name a few) trying all their wines! Travelling a country in a camper van on a budget my main diet was noodles! And I love food too much to survive on noodles!

So, in Cairns I had to try the local cuisine: Kangaroo, Crocodile and Barramundi!

It’s not Skippy

That’s the first thing you have to tell yourself before you eat Kangaroo! It’s a gamey meat and will suit any full-bodied warm red. Wine pairing doesn’t have to be complicated. Kangaroo is great with a spicy Shiraz or a Grenache, so in true Aussie style throw your meat on the barbeque and serve it as a Kangaroo kebab, with the usual red onion and peppers or turn them into meatballs and serve with some rich tomato sauce. The perfect wine to go with either dish is the Beneficio Winemakers Selection McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz.

Bite back

Crocodile is a white meat but you can pair this with either a red or white wine. I really liked the pairing of a lively Riesling with a Thai-style crocodile curry. From our range I’d go for the Long Yarn Eden Valley Riesling. For red wine fans pick a light red, like Pinot Noir and cook your croc on the grill.

Surfs up!

As with fish in general, squeeze some lemon over your grilled barramundi and crack open a zesty Sauvignon Blanc. The Hummingbird Sauvignon Blanc would be perfect for the job.

So when you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Australia, you now know the best wines to take to the BYO to go with your Kangaroo, Crocodile and Barramundi. Or to save yourself a flight, you could just try this at home!

Wine Pairing: Up next

I’m off to Thailand at the end of the year, so let’s see what different foods I can pair some amazing wines with. Will let you know! Any advice on anything weird to eat? I’d love to hear it.


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