Tasting Notes for the Day's Pairings
At this delicious dining event we showcased five magnificent wines, one with each course, to ensure that all the food had beautiful wine pairings to match its scrumptiousness! 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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"Lettuce" – Cabriz Bruto Espumante, Portugal
Kicking things off, this super sparkling wine from one of the top Dão producers, Quinta de Cabriz, is made with the Champagne method, but with indigenous Portuguese grape varieties. It's full of fleshy white fruit, citrus, biscuit and warm toasted cereals. Fruity, fresh and balanced, with a crunchy finish and a captivating mousse, this is a perfect start alongside this charred baby gem lettuce, cutting through the creamy blue cheese and sweet caramelised onions.
The next course is creamy, cheesy and full of flavour; super savoury with a hint of warm spice. Clare Valley provides the perfect accompaniment with this smashing dry Riesling, which shows crunchy green apples, lime and wet slate, with electric acidity and a mineral finish. It has a lush silky flow and is elegant through and through. It will complement the cheesy croquette and chorizo jam to perfection.
"Fried chicken & waffles" – Berton Vineyard Botrytis Semillon, Australia
Sweet and savoury pairings can often be a match made in heaven. For this course of waffle-coated fried chicken, with honey and crispy bacon, we're leaning into the indulgence with this luscious, Sauternes-style noble rot wine from New South Wales. Intense and honeyed, with layered aromas of orange rind and apricot, through to a beautifully balanced finish enhanced by toasted notes and subtle spice, it's an absolute ripper!
"Beef" – Campo alle Comete 'Stupore', Italy
Red meat and red wine – a match made in heaven when done right! This 80 day aged Scotch beef with fries and confit garlic needs something equally complex and powerful alongside it: enter the super Tuscan! The stunning Stupore from Bolgheri shows intense notes of fresh plum layered with sweet roasted cocoa, tobacco and characteristic balsamic notes. Silky, smooth... perfect.
"Peanut Butter Jelly Time" – Michele Chiarlo 'Nivole' Moscato d'Asti, Italy
Back into the realm of sweetness we delve, and we're all in: salted peanut butter ice cream, raspberry jelly, maple bacon, biscuit and pink peppercorns, all alongside a sumptuous sweet wine? Yes please! This classic sweet wine has fragrant floral aromas complemented by peach and apricot notes. The subtly sparkling palate is delicate, light and creamy, with a silky texture and a refreshing finish. It will cleanse your palate and balance the multifarious flavours of this dessert. What a finish!