Note This shortcrust pastry is inspired by the flaky, buttery style made at Sydney's Bourke Street Bakery.
Back in the mists of winemaking history, before the introduction of radical new technology such as reliable glass bottles, corks and refrigeration, the vast majority of the world's wine was drunk very soon after harvest, before it had a chance to spoil, and certainly before the next vintage rolled around. Back in more recent history - the 1970s and '80s - we saw the rise of Beaujolais Nouveau, a marketing gimmick dreamed up to promote the red wines from that French region by selling newly fermented wines a few weeks after harvest. These days, it's fashionable once again to drink "new" red wines. Not for pragmatic reasons, or cheap marketing reasons, but for gastronomic ones. Red wine bottled very early retains a lot of the bold, bouncy flavours of the grape, which makes it not only a lot of fun to drink but also particularly delicious paired with the vibrant food of the spring and summer seasons. The sweet acidity of the tomatoes in this dish, combined with the salty tang of the goat's curd and the herbal green freshness of the watercress, cry out for a young, bright new red wine like the ones I've recommended here.
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