Burns Night

Which Wine for Burns Night?

Are you planning a Burns Night supper, yet not so keen on a glass Scotch?

Not to fear, as wine can be a great match to a rich and flavoursome haggis if you pick the right variety. The trick is to pick a wine with enough punch and flavour to match this meatiest of meat dishes.

Haggis is one of the most flavoursome meats you can find, with spicy and gamey flavours galore and a savoury finish. Therefore you need to choose a wine that can stand up to, yet subtly complement, these not-so-subtle flavours!

Our Top Wine Pairings for Haggis

We recommend our Beefsteak Club Shiraz from Australia’s sunny Limestone Coast. It’s robust and spicy and made for an intense meat dish like this.

Another top choice for your Burns Night feast is our South African ‘Braai Edition’ Malbec-Merlot. This wine is beefy, savoury with earthy notes that will go so well with Haggis.

Or if you’re after something a bit lighter, our Beefsteak Club Malbec or Tempranillo are great all-rounders, and the fruity notes will make a nice accompaniment.

However, you should steer well clear of any white wine or rosé however, Haggis is a dish that requires a red.

We wish you a fine Burns Night supper, whatever you choose to drink!

And in the words of Robert Burns…

Go bring to me a pint o wine,
And fill it in a silver tassie;
That I may drink, before I go,
A service to my bonie lassie:
The boat rocks at the pier o Leith,
Fu loud the wind blaws frae the Ferry,
The ship rides by the Berwick-law,
And I maun leave my bony Mary.

The trumpets sound, the banners fly,
The glittering spears are rankèd ready,
The shouts o war are heard afar,
The battle closes deep and bloody.
It’s not the roar o sea or shore,
Wad make me langer wish to tarry;
Nor shouts o war that’s heard afar –
It’s leaving thee, my bony Mary!

The Silver Tassie by Robert Burns

From The Scottish Poetry Library

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