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A bug’s life: how to match wine with insects

By Lia Sanders on 5/12/14 3:00 PM

Every week seems to bring another story about how we will all be consuming insects in the future. With this in mind, wine sellers Laithwaites have come up with a wine and insect matching guide.

They promise that mealworms go best with Viognier, locusts suit a Moscatel and that crickets are never tastier than when paired with Albarino.

The guide also recommends that queen weaver ants (above) “go really well with an aromatic white with pretty fruit and floral notes. A Gewurztraminer provides the perfect balance to Asian style meals, especially their crunchy textures.”

The bugs for the experiment were provided by specialist insect suppliers Crunchy Critters and Edible Uniques with a few more being picked up at Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.

Critters are seen as the food of future, largely due to their ready availability and their high protein content.

This is by no means the first time matching wine and insects has been tried – if you fancy a firsthand account of what it is like to chow down a scorpion along with a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc, look no further than the intrepid eater Nick Fauchald.

Image: Raghu Mohan