South America Wine Tasting

10th February 2015

A cold, dark evening in February saw Martin Sheen from Berry Bros & Rudd, the oldest wine merchants in the UK, join us for another of our popular wine tasting dinners.  The theme this month was wines of South America, or more specifically Chile and Argentina.  Diners arrived to a welcome glass of 2012 Pulenta Estate Chardonnay before taking their seats under the beams of the Stag Room, one of our private dining rooms.

Martin commenced the evening with an overview of the wine growing regions, impressing everyone as ever with his excellent knowledge of not only the individual vineyards but the geography of the region.  The first course of Red Snapper & Salmon Ceviche was beautifully paired with a Chilean wine, Koyle Costa 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. With a well balanced acidity and long finish this wine was the perfect pairing for the freshly caught fish.

Consultant chef to the restaurant Pascal Proyart also joined the guests for the evening, working in the kitchens alongside head chef David Lewis to prepare each course before taking a seat at the table to explain more about each dish as it was served.  

The next course received amazing feedback from all 25 guests, "Braised Red Deer Venison Raviolo served with Savoy Cabbage & Smoked Bacon & a Wild Cranberry Grand Veneur".  This dish was also paired with probably the most popular wine of the night, a 2012 Montescano Pinot Noir from Chile "with a bright strawberry red colour, and a satisfying concentration of ripe red fruit that steers well away from jamminess, and instead delights with spicy and savoury complexity".

Argentinian steak (naturally) with a Mustard and Capsicum Chimichurri sauce was the next course served to the table.  Martin had chosen two red wines to accompany this dish.  First to be sampled was a 2012 Koyle Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile offering ripe black fruits with a refreshing finish.  The second red to be poured for the enjoyment of the diners was a 2013 Pulenta La Flor Malbec from Argentina, a classic Malbec, with damson, mulberry and bramble fruit to the fore and plenty of fruit on the palate. Quite different to each other they both however complemented the steak perfectly.

Dessert was served next, a dish Pascal was clearly passionate about! Served to resounding "oohs" and "aahs" was a Dulce de Leche Eton Mess with Flambe Banana, Salted Caramel & Almond. The accompanying wine was a Muscat, Don Cande from Chile. This very fresh, dry and intense wine was the perfect pairing.

The final course was of course the cheese, a selection chosen from The Hungry Guest cheese room and paired with Koyle Royal Carmenere another Chilean wine.

Once again a huge thank you to our host for the evening, Martin Sheen of Berry Bros who ensures these evenings are enjoyed by everyone and is the perfect host.

Our next event is on Wednesday 15th April and will focus on wines of Australia and New Zealand.  Tickets are now available at £50 per person which includes a 5 course dinner and the accompanying wines.

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