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Wine Supper at Rafael’s Restaurant at the Goods Shed, 19th June

Rafa has put together a late spring, early summer, almost solstice supper, for us. It promises to be flavoursome yet light, perfect for those late warm evenings.

We will start with a glass of English sparkling wine and proceed with wines to partner each course. The full menu, with matching wines, is below. The meal, wines and tea and coffee are all included in the cost of £55/person. Places are limited so please, to avoid disappointment, please book as early as possible.  

As usual we will go to the table at 7.30 pm, with the bubbles being poured from 7.15 pm. Carriages, taxis and departure from 10.45 pm.

So if you would like to enjoy the flavours of the season please do get touch and book your place(s). You can book by emailing me at clivewine@aol.com or calling 07778 640381.

 

Aperitif 

Ambriel Sparkling Wine, Redfold Vineyard

 Confit Loch Duart salmon
spring vegetables, crisp skin

J B Adams Riesling, ‘Nature’, Alsace 2011

Garden of England asparagus
duck egg, Kelly’s goats cheese

Domaine Villargeau, Coteaux du Giennois 2011

Rump of Romney Marsh lamb in hay
courgette & mint

Chateau du Pey, Cru Bourgeois, Medoc, 2010

Dante Robino Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, 2006

Buttermilk pudding
poached fruits & berries, ice cream

Quady’s Black Muscat ‘Elysium’

 

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An English Wine Table: Tasting notes

Tasting notes from the English Wine Table at the Goods Shed, Canterbury, 31st of May 2013.

Limney ‘Blanc de Blanc’, Kent 2007, £19.75

The Limney Blanc de Blanc, sadly one of the few remaining bottles, showed a lean, green apple fruit lifted by some yeasty notes, very clean and fresh, despite its age. The palate was still youthful, with a vibrant mousse, and fresh character. The apple notes came through on the palate , the wine has a clean, light character with a medium finish. It is certainly one of the better ‘non-champagne varietal fizzes produced.

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Ambriel, Redfold Vineyard, Sussex, £27.50

Ambriel has a fine brioche nose with ripe citrus characters which follow through onto a dry, crisp, flavoursome palate. The mousse is fine and persistent , the lemon notes are  pure and ripe, and lead to a citrus fresh finish. There is a maturing character to the wine which can be drunk with great pleasure now but will round out marvelously over the next 2 to 4 years.

Pilgrim’s Harvest, Barnsole Vineyard, Kent 2010, £10.50

Made from Huxelrebbe this wine showed intense aromatics of muscat and ripe peach with a catty edge. Many on the table loved its fresh character with the touch of sweetness balancing the crisp acidity. Certainly an English wine for warm summer days in the garden.

Throwley Reserve, Faversham, Kent 2008, £10.80

This is a mature Ortega wine and has a fairly neutral character but showed some pear and cobnut aromas. On the palate it is dry and broad, not too old, but clean and crisp. Its more neutral character puts one in mind of a Chablis; mineral and pure, a perfect foil for white fish.

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Darnibole Bacchus, Camel Valley, Cornwall, 2010, £17.00

Bob Lindo’s single vineyard Bacchus is still vibrant, showing that herbal, grassy note so typical of Bacchus. The palate is flavoursome and long with a linear style. The slate soils of the vineyard show through in the crystalline manner of the wine.

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Gribble Bridge Rose, Biddenden, Kent 2011, £9.90

The Biddenden rosé was well received at the Table with red cherry and berry fruits, a light, moreish palate, and its clean and fresh style. Sometimes a well made simple wine, well balanced and sapid is all that one requires and this wine achieves these objectives well.

Gribble Bridge Red, Biddenden, Kent, £9.90

The two reds were both from the dornfelder grape. But each showed a different style. The Biddenden wine was light, with flavours of wild strawberry and a touch of spice. The tannins were light and it had a Beaujolais freshness and style.

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Canterbury Choice Red Reserve, Barnsole Vineyard, Kent 2010, £12.50

The Dornfelder from Barnsole has more weight and heft. The fruit more in line with cranberry and dark spices. The body feels slightly fuller and the tannins offer texture and grip. And the closest French style would be that of Cabernet Franc from the Loire. The table was split, some prefer the lighter Biddenden others the grip of Barnsole, especially after the second mouthful and some fine Ashmore Cheese.

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Westgate Hall Wine Challenge, 20th April

I am delighted to help the Westgate Community Trust raise funds for the refurbishment of the Westgate Hall. We will be holding an event on the 20th of April. It iss short notice, I know, but I thought you’d like to know there are a few tickets available. It promises to be a great night of fun, food and wine.

The Challenge involves tasting six wines, in teams of 5 or 6 people, and answering some questions about the the wines (with some clues and advice from me). The most successful team will win a selection of wines. There is also a delicious light supper produced by Patrick Williams (of Patrick’s Kitchen, from the Goods Shed).

The Westgate Hall Wine Challenge is on the 20th of April, at 7pm at the Westgate Hall,  Canterbury. Tickets are £25 and will help raise much needed funds for the refurbishment of the Hall. You can book as teams of 5 or 6 or individually (we can help make up tables). To book please send an email to the westgatecommunitytrust@gmail.com or call 07912626433.

Here is a bit more information about the Westgate Community Trust and what they are trying to achieve:

“About three years ago the Westgate Hall, a 100-year old large Drill Hall in the centre of Canterbury that is used for community events, dancing, fairs, giving blood, concerts,  meetings, etc. was threatened with demolition due to budget cuts. A group of local people got together and formed the Westgate Community Trust, a charity that have managed to give this big building a new future as a community hall and a digital cinema, by forming a partnership with Curzon Cinemas. They are about to sign the lease for the building now and are getting ready to do a major refurbishment of the building, which needs a new roof, new windows, doors, etc.

Canterbury is a great city, attracting so many visitors from all over the world, yet local people can often feel that there is little for them in the city, and few opportunities to engage in social activities and hobbies. The Westgate Hall will be run as a centre for people of all ages Canterbury to meet, learn and play. And it will be a venue for local businesses to hold events.”

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Dinner at Samphire Whitstable

It has been a long time since I worked with David Hart, ex of the Fitz at Goodneston and the Goods Shed (amongst) others, and also with George Lister, but I am very happy to report that we will be combining on a fabulous wine dine at Samphire in Whitstable. The date is Thursday May 16th, arrive 7.15 pm for an aperitif and we aim to start serving the dishes at 7.30 pm.

The tickets are £55 per person and will include a glass of each wine with each course, additional glasses will be available at £3.00 per glass.  The menu and wines to be served are listed below. If you are interested please apply directly to Samphire on 01227 770075.

Aperitif

Salad of peas, broad beans, cured ham and poached egg

Comenge Verdejo, Rueda, Spain 2012

Poached Sea trout with Jersey Royals, Kentish Asparagus and hollandaise

Domaine Villargeau, Coteaux du Giennois, 2011

Roast and braised Monkshill farm lamb with shallot puree, cherry tomatoes and rosemary

Biberius Crianza, Ribera del Duero, 2009

Cheesemakers of Canterbury Brie with a truffled walnut salad

Domaine Vieux College, Fixin, Les Recilles, 2009

Rhubarb tart with elderflower ice cream

Ancienne Cure, Monbazillac, 2010

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.

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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

 MAIN COURSES

  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)

  DESSERTS:

Tunisian filo cigars -almonds, pistache, honey-

Morocan Fruit compote with orange flower water

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Wine list for the 25th of January, mostly Languedoc, Wine Table

Opening up the reds for tonight’s (mostly) Languedoc Wine Table; the Hortus’s Grand Cuvée and la Neglys, ‘La Falaise’ are going to be stunning!

We will be tasting:

Domaine La Croix Gratiot, Picpoul de Pinet 2011 £8.25
Comenge Verdejo, Rueda, 2012 £9.90
Domaine Antugnac, Terres Amoureuses, Limoux 2010 £11.75
Mas Cal Demoura, ‘l’Etincelle’, IGP d’Herault 2011 £18.90
Calmel and J Joseph, St Chinian, 2010 £9.90
Biberius Crianza , Ribera del Duero, 2009 £12.50
Chateau la Negly, ‘La Falaise’, La Clape 2010 £ 19.00
Domaine Hortus, Grand Cuvée Rouge, Pic St Loup 2010 £20.50
Domaine Massamier La Mignarde, ‘Domus Maximus’, 2008 £27.00