Susy’s perfect match for the humble tomato

Like many gardeners I’ve suddenly got a glut of gorgeous homegrown tomatoes – nice problem to have! I’ll be making tomato salads, tomato pasta sauces and ratatouille with my tomatoes for the next couple of weeks. So, what to drink with this special fruit that we cook like a vegetable? Tomatoes have (or should have) plenty of acidity as well as a natural sweetness, so look out for bright, juicy wines, unoaked, young and tangy, both red and white. Here are some best buys for the glut – NB: I’ve deliberately aimed at good value wines as the tomato harvest makes for great budget meals…

Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough, New Zealand (Sainsbury’s, £8)

New Zealand sauv blanc, with its zingy, zesty citrus and gooseberry fruit, can take on the sweet and sour of fresh tomatoes. This one is a gem at the price; chill it for tomato salads or simple homemade tomato sauces.

Marks & Spencer Vermentino 2019, Sicily, Italy (£6.50)

Italian whites like this example, that have plenty of lime flavour and a slightly herby note, work well with tomato dishes, especially lighter ones. This refreshing Sicilian vermentino is remarkably good value.

Waitrose Blueprint Pinot Noir 2019, Romania (£5.99)

Smooth, tangy and packed with ripe cherries, this is this kind of lightly textured red that can take on cooked tomatoes. Try it with big tomatoes stuffed with rice, herbs, onion and garlic.

Susy Atkins
23rd September 2020
Susy is familiar to many wine & food lovers as a regular wine expert and presenter on BBC1’s flag-ship cookery show Saturday Kitchen, which attracts 2 – 3 million viewers each week. Before that, she was a resident wine expert on Channel 4’s Richard & Judy. She has also appeared as a guest on TV’s Market Kitchen, UK Food channel programmes such as Great Food Live, and broadcast numerous times on BBC Radio 4 for programmes such as Excess Baggage, Woman’s Hour and The Food Programme.