Monthly Archives: October 2013

Wine Tables and Dinners: October to December 2013.

Wine tables:

Once a month Press Wine Services runs a “Wine Table” evening at the Goods Shed, Canterbury, at which a selection of 8 wines are opened and tasted. Corks are drawn and the first wine is poured at 7pm; we aim to serve the final wine at 8:30pm. There are also a range of tapas-style dishes during the evening.

25th October Non Sulphited wines

We will taste a range of wines which have had little or no Sulphur Dioxide added to them. SO2 is widely used as a preservative and antiseptic in wines around the world. To maintain wines without this chemical takes great care and skill, and the wines can take on a different character. This tasting will give you an opportunity to experience wines without SO2.

29th November Viognier and Syrah

This is a superb chance to taste these two fine varieties from the northern Rhone which are now spread around the globe. So we will taste examples from the homeland such as St Joseph and Condrieu as well as wines from Australia and the USA.

13th December Wines for the Christmas Table

There will be a collection of interesting, well made and characterful wines to see us through the Christmas period. Bubbles, classics, sweet and fortified will all feature in this hamper of vinous joy.

Places are limited to a dozen guests so please book as soon as possible. The cost is £ 15 per person, payable with your booking.

More details about the wines to be tasted will posted on as we approach the dates so do keep looking on line.

Wine Dinners:                                                                             

Rafael’s Restaurant

Thursday 21st November

Rafa Lopez, of Rafael’s Restaurant, The Goods Shed, and Clive Barlow MW of Press Wine Services will present a gastronomic evening to celebrate the produce of the season with matching wines. Tickets are £55 per person and include a four course dinner with aperitif and wines to partner each course. Book your place with Press Wine Services.

The planned menu is as follows

 Warm salad of seasonal fruits, walnut and goat’s curd

Shoulder of Iberico , with Russet apples and  parsnip mash

Baked Vacherin with braised celery

Poached quince, cobnut biscuit and vanilla ice cream

Includes an aperitif and wines with each course, and tea and coffee. Service is not included. The aperitif will be served from 7.15 pm and we aim to go to the table at 7.30pm. Carriages should be arranged for 10. 45 pm.


The Sportsman, Seasalter

Thursday 28th November

There are still a few places left for the November Wine and Dine at the Sportsman. The theme for the evening is the wine of Piedmont and the north west of Italy.

Chef Stephen Harris will create a number of dishes according to the season and, if he thinks it appropriate, to match the wines of the region. The evening will consist of an aperitif with a selection of snacks followed by a four course dinner with two wines served with each course, and an additional two wines of special interest will be introduced during the meal. Coffee and tea is served at the end of the dinner. Carriages best booked for 10.45 p.m.

Tickets £ 87.50/head. Aperitif from 7 pm to sit down at the table for 7.30 pm.

Book through Press Wine Services, by email or on 07778 640 381