Monthly Archives: February 2013

Moorish Meze and Wine Tasting at the Forge Bistro, Canterbury

On the 1st March Marleen from the Forge Bistro, in Canterbury, will create a number of dishes of Moorish style and Clive Barlow has been challenged to find wines to match them.

It promises to be a fascinating mix of spices and flavours with 6 courses and a wine to partner each. The menu is below, showing a vegetarian option with each meat dish.The cost is terrific value at £35.00.



Mini chicken skewers with Baharat spices and Muhammara dip (roasted red peppers, walnuts, pomegranate molasses)

Hummus with pomegranates

Zaalak (spicy Moroccan aubergine and tomato salad)

Pitta crisps


  1. Tunisian fishcakes (turmeric,cumin,coriander,Harissa,ginger) served with a Harissa and ginger mayo dip
  2. Prawn tagine with saffron, ginger and fennel -Tagine bil kimroun- (Vegetable tagine with saffron, ginger and olives)
  3. Chicken tagine with preserved lemon and olives (Falafels with tomato jam)
  4. Lamb Shawarma in pitta pockets -pepercorns-cloves-cardomom-fenugreek-fennel seeds-cumin seeds-ginger-cinnamon-paprika- (Haloumi in spicy Chraimel sauce)


Tunisian filo cigars -almonds, pistache, honey-

Morocan Fruit compote with orange flower water


Call the Forge Bistro on 01227 788 022 to book your place! £35 per head. Starts 7:30pm

The Forge Bistro is at 61 Dover Street, Canterbury, CT1 3HD.


Wine notes from the Wine Table Tasting, 25th January 2013

Domaine La Croix Gratiot, Picpoul de Pinet 2011, £ 8.25
Bright clean, citrus notes on nose with a touch of minerality and apple. A broad, clean mouthwateringly fresh palate, with some depth. Good quality Picpoul crying out for seafood.


Comenge Verdejo, Rueda, 2012, £9.90
Very youthful and aromatic wine showing pears, grapefruit and pineapple with a good intensity. Lively crisp and dry palate, more grapefruit flavours, decent finish and depth. A fine example of modern Rueda Verdejo.


Domaine Antugnac, Terres Amoureuses, Limoux 2010, £11.75
This is a subtle Chardonnay giving gentle oat and ripe lemon aromas. The palate is long and discrete, sustained. Very well balanced and harmonious it has a shy/coy character.

Mas Cal Demoura, ‘l’Etincelle’, IGP d’Herault 2011, £18.90
A lively apricot and floral nose with a touch of weight and complexity, certainly showing some
depth. The palate is broad and fresh with good depth and mouth feel. Yellow fruits dominate but there is a pleasing spice and quince complexity.

Calmel and J Joseph, St Chinian, 2010, £9.90
Lifted aromatics of black olive tapenade, pepper and black fruit jelly lead to a mid weight savoury palate. Well balanced and juicy fruit, with fine tannins giving a gentle dusty texture.

Biberius Crianza , Ribera del Duero, 2009, £12.50
Mature nose offering mocha, dark fruits and plums. The palate has a good depth of fleshy ripe fruit balanced by plentiful mellow tannins and oak spice, Long finish, classy wine. Got the vote of best value wine and a bit of an ‘ooh la la’ moment!


Chateau la Negly, ‘La Falaise’ , La Clape 2010, £19.00
Powerful on nose and palate with a warm Mediterranean feel giving ripe fruits of red berries, figs and cherry accompanied by garrigue herb and spice. Rich warming palate; plenty of concentration in this wine with sustained fruit finish.

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Domaine Hortus, Grand Cuvée Rouge, Pic St Loup 2010, £20.50
Restraint and harmony are the calling cards of this elegant layered wine. It has savoury and fruit notes with a fine gentle tannic mesh giving support. It really shines with food.

Domaine Massamier La Mignarde, ‘Domus Maximus’, 2008, £27.00
A handsome, deeply coloured masculine wine. It has a Pauillac character of black fruits, cedar, and pepper enveloping a firm, erect tannic core. Lush, dense fruit, great depth and a long poised finish. Drinking well now but has several years ahead of it.