Wine & Cheese Event31st of January 2020
We would like to thank everyone for attending our Wine and Cheese evening last month, and what a fabulous evening it was!
The exquisite selection of cheese and wines were brillinatly presented to us by our local partners; sommelier, Paul Banham, and cheesemonger, James Grant. All wines were showcased using our stemware, by Orrefors of Sweden and cheeseboards by Michael Aram and L'Objet.
For those of you who need a re-cap on those wines and cheeses; and any that couldn't join us on the night - here are the highlights of the evening...
The stemware for the evening was kindly loaned to us by Orrefors of Sweden. Their UK representative, Sašo Taneski, talked us through other fine examples from this leading stemware brand. One of our favourite ranges is the 'METROPOL' - a series of stemware designed by Erika Lagerbeilke. In the words of Erika, "Good things in life are for sharing! Like that great drinking experience, which gets even better when enjoyed with friends. Designed with the modern home and stylish socialising in mind, Metropol is adorned with a hint of black colour and a distinct edge, looking sharp and bang on urban chic!"
The standout range for us was the 'Nobel' Range.
Upon the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Nobel price, Orrefors and designer Gunnar Cyrén, were given the assignment to create a new stemware series for the Nobel foundation.
The glasses, that are mouth blown and hand painted in green and gold, are now available as two kinds of wine glasses, a martini/champagne glass, a beer glass and of course the characteristic shot devils. There is also a carafe to complete the series and help give your table setting a silver (golden) lining.
The glasses are made out of the finest crystal which, together with the golden stems, bestow a rolling and glittering shimmer to the table setting every year. For the Nobel Banquet, on December 10th each year, the Blue Hall in the Stockholm City Hall is set for no less than 1300 guests from all over the world.
Local Berkhamstedian Sommelier, Paul Banham (AKA The Wine Holligan) provided us with a relaxed and informal approach to our wine tasting experience. As the evening ensued we were given insight into a broad range of wines which was very well recieved by all our guests!
For those of you who would like to know further information on the wines provided, please find the details below.
Exquisite Collection, Cremant du Jura 2018
Chosen due to be being consistently rated highly in tastings, outscoring NV Champagnes. An excellently priced alternative to often too sweet (and cheap) Prosecco. This Cremant is made in the traditional method with secondary fermentation in the bottle to create the fizz along with the autolytic flavours (think bread/toast) and notes associated with Champagne. Fresh citrus, creamy mousse and a pleasing, refreshing finish.
Jean Seguin, Pouilly-Fume 2018, Loire
A great example of Loire Sauvignon Blanc without the price-tag of its more famous neighbour from North of the river, Sancerre. Similar soils and a similar profile of fresh green fruits with a touch of 'gun flint' and smoke. An excellent example of Sauvignon Blanc for those that find a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc a bit too much.
Botanica, Mary Delaney Chenin Blanc 2015, Citrusdal S.Africa
Another Loire grape done brilliantly, this time by a Californian producer based in South Africa. In the Loire, Chenin Blanc creates every style from sweet to dry, easy drinking to weighty and aged. This example from the cooler Citrusdal region is beautifully balanced with tropical fruit and honey, medium body but fresh with a lengthy finish.
Boekenhoutskloof Woolftrap, Rhone blend, Franschoek S.Africa
Another wine rated consistently highly in recent tastings. A typical Southern Rhone blend consists of Grenache, Syrah & Mouvedre (or GSM blend), however in the Northern Rhone, Syrah dominates with a little Viognier in the mix to add floral notes and body. Woolftrap is a blend of Syrah, Mouvedre and a little Viognier giving a black fruited full-bodied wine with a beautiful smoky perfume. Big and bold but not aggressive, with smooth tanin and a warming finish.
La Rioja Alta, Vina Ardanza Reserva Selccione Especiale 2010, Rioja
Lastly we had the Vina Ardanza Reserva from La Rioja Alta, one of the most traditional producers. Beautiful black fruit from the 80% Tempranillo and red from the 20% Garnacha (Grenache) and still young, though 10 years old - it would last another 20 years easily. Think brambles, leather, smoke and vanilla from extended ageing American oak.
The pairing cheeses on the evening were provided by No.2 Pound Street - a fabulous delicatessen on Wendover High Street. The owner, James Grant, guided us through each cheese pairing. James is a judge at the World Cheese Award; suffice to say - his knowledge was pretty sharp!
The cheeses provided were:
- Brightwell Ash Goat’s cheese from Nettlebed Creamery in Oxfordshire (vegetarian and unpasteurised)
- Spenwood hard Ewe’s cheese from Village Maid in Berkshire (vegetarian and unpastuerised)
- Montgomery Cheddar from Somerset (unpastuerised and natural rennet)
- Old Winchester (cow) from Lyburn Cheese in Hampshire (vegetarian and pasteurised).
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