A central Italy wine dinner at the Sporstsman, 7th March

There are a few tickets available for this Thursday’s central Italy wine dinner at the Sportsman, Seasalter, in collaboration with Chef Stephen Harris. The evening will consist of 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.

We will be tasting some fine central Tuscan wines including: Verdicchio del Matellica, Verdicchio di Castelli di Jesi by Bucci, traditional and textured. Fontodi’s Chianti Classico, Cepperallo from Isole e Olena, and Sportoletti’s big red from Umbria.

Tickets £ 87.50/head. Aperitif from 7pm to sit down at the table for 7.30 pm. Carriages best booked for 10.45 p.m.

To book contact Clive on clivewine@aol.com or telephone 07778 640381.

 

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

 

Wine tables and Sportsman dinners from Press Wine Services

I am currently in Krems, Austria trying to learn the terroir of the different regions of Kremstal and Wachau, such is the life of the hard pressed wine merchant! But , I thought you might like to know of a few events we are planning in the spring of 2013.

In addition to our One Day wine course (3rd of February) we are also running a number of Wine Tables at the Goods Shed, Canterbury,  and wine dinners at The Sportsman, Seasalter. The Tables are quite informal and are a great opportunity to try some wonderful wines and share them with like minded people. This year we will put on one a month and provide light, but satisifying tapas style dishes and the Tables will have a theme running through them.

The Sportsman dinners are terrific evenings of fine food and wine. Stephen Harris always produces a memorable range of dishes many of which are created solely for the Wine Dinners.

The Wine Table

Once a month Press Wine Services will be running a ‘Wine Table’ evening at which a selection of 8 wines will be opened and tasted. Corks will be drawn and the first wine poured at 7 pm; we aim to serve the final wine at 8.30pm. There will also be a range of tapas style dishes during the evening

The dates are as follows

Friday 25th January: Languedoc wines will dominate this tasting, with a selection of some of the finest wines from the region including Domaine Hortus and La Negly.

Friday 15th Februaryan opportunity to explore the wines of northern Italy. So as well as wines from the sensual Nebbiolo grape we will taste those from the Veneto region and Fruili.

Friday 22nd March: blended beauties will be at the forefront of this evening’s event. Bordeaux and the southern Rhone will be shown as well as intereting creatures from further abroad!

Friday 26th April: Recent finds and favourites will feature in this tasting show should be an exciting night of discovery.

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 here as we approach the dates so do keep looking.

            Sportsman Dinners

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. Each 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.

Thursday March 7th – Central Italy: Tuscany, Abruzzo, Umbria, Lazio

Thursday March 28thLanguedoc Roussillon

Thursday April 25thDouro and Duero: Ribera del Duero, Toro, Rueda, Cigales, Douro

Thursday May 30th Riesling and Pinot Noir from around the world.

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

Thank you for your support and all the best for 2013,

Clive

Interview at Eat Drink Kent

I was very impressed with Eat Drink Kent’s website and their great work promoting Kent produce, so I was delighted to be asked for an interview for their “Behind the Scenes” series. Here is the interview, where they asked me a bit about how I got to be Master of Wine, my favourite wines and, very pertinently, some Christmas wine recommendations.