Tasting Notes for the Evening's Pairings
At this delicious dining event we showcased four magnificent wines, one with each course, to ensure that all the food was paired with the perfect wines to match its deliciousness! Here’s a handy reminder of the wines we all enjoyed; you can purchase them by following the links in the headings.
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Shiro Wat, also known as Shuro or Shiro Wot, is a staple in any Ethiopian vegetarian platter – a thick chickpea stew, simmered slowly and served over the traditional sour flatbread, injera, with a host of other vegetarian dishes.
One of Ethiopia’s most popular vegetarian dishes, Misir Wat showcases lentils in a way that’s unlike any you’ve had before. The flavour is simply out of this world!
Kik Alicha is an Ethiopian yellow split pea dish. Besides split peas, the dish contains turmeric, onions, ginger and garlic. All the ingredients except the peas are sautéed together. Once the ingredients have been sautéed the peas are added and cooked until tender.
This authentic Ethiopian side dish known as Gomen takes eating healthy greens to a whole new level of deliciousness! A quick, simple, healthy and thoroughly yummy side dish!
Baklava and coffee.
To kick things off, what better way to welcome you to our humble abode than with something pink and fabulous? Putting a little sparkle into your morning is this 100% Pinot Noir rosé bubbly from Undurraga in Valle de Leyda, one of Chile's most prestigious wineries. The ideal apéritif, it offers abundant notes of fresh red berries combined with subtle floral hints of rose.
From an historic château dating back to 1753 in the heart of the Costières de Nîmes in Languedoc comes this fabulous blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier. It's a refreshingly crisp wine with inviting aromas of fresh peach, leading to a vibrant palate of grapefruit and pear and a delicate hint of spice on the finish.
Returning to Viña Echeverría, a family-run estate combining nearly a century of viticulture and winemaking experience with a modern, state-of-the-art winery. This Pinot Noir is from a volcanic Valle de Malleco vineyard, and is silky and smooth, made with low intervention to express fully its notes of spiced cherry, blueberry, hibiscus and violets. Beautifully balanced with an elegant finish.
Into the realm of sweetness we delve with Michele Chiarlo, one of Piedmont's most prestigious winemakers. Founded in 1956, this family winery is now run by Michele's sons Alberto and Stefano, producing top quality Moscato d'Asti from their VIVA certified sustainably cultivated vineyards. A classic sweet wine style, Nivole (tr. 'clouds') has fragrant floral aromas seamlessly complemented by peach and apricot notes. The gently sparkling palate is delicate, light and creamy, with a silky texture and a refreshing finish.