Learn in lockdown: Wine pairings with Bert Blaize and Claire Strickett

Published 18 April 2020

As part of CODE’s ‘Learn in lockdown’ series, where we bring insightful, educational and entertaining digital content to our community, we have partnered with Bert Blaize and Claire Strickett, authors of the brilliantly simple guide to give anyone confidence choosing wine, ‘Which Wine When: What to Drink with the Food You Love‘, to offer wine pairing suggestions for CODE followers.

In the coming weeks, we will be asking you to share the meals you are cooking during lockdown, what’s on future isolation menus and where you plan to takeaway from over on Instagram Stories. In response, Bert & Claire will pick their favourite suggestions and some of the most popular dishes to offer wine pairing advice.

Which Wine When: what to drink with the food you love is a book written by two friends who have chatted at length about which wine, when. Like all good, modern friendships, Bert and Claire met on Instagram bonding over common interests and a desire to connect with people over the simple things in life – food and wine. The book offers brilliant wine matches to the food we eat every day. Ideal for those who find themselves making panicked decisions about what to drink. Whether you’re ordering a curry, taking a bottle to a *digital* dinner party or spending the night on the sofa with a bowl of pasta, this book will help you choose the wine you need, when you need it.

Bert Blaize is currently head of restaurants and bars at Birch, a new Robin Gill venture, in Hertfordshire. Bert learnt his stuff from Le Belle Epoque in Manchester, before moving to London and taking the wine reins of a number of acclaimed restaurants, including The Clove Club, becoming head of wine at the award-winning The Mandrake Hotel. Bert’s favourite food and wine pairing is apple pie and Sauternes.

Claire Strickett has worked in kitchens, then restaurant marketing, publicity and recipe writing for leading chefs and restaurateurs, including Skye Gyngell, Rowley Leigh, Russell Norman, Gail’s Bakery and Byron Hamburgers. Claire’s current favourite food and wine pairing is Vietnamese salad and an off-dry Riesling.

For further details on when these videos go live, keep an eye on our IGTV and YouTube channel and our events page.

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