Magnificent Menu Tasting

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It’s that time again! Time for me to organise a delicious wine and food tasting menu for a public event!

Before all that of course, we need to test the wine and the food, and make sure each tasty morsel compliments the wine and vice versa.

I have a few of these dinners planned throughout the year, but this is my first of 2015. The dinner itself will be hosted by the lovely Lia Poveda, the Global Wine Ambassador from Bouchard Finlayson, a boutique vineyard in South Africa. It promises to be a great evening, but of course, we have to taste everything first to be absolutely sure!

We start with delicious Canapés of Hoisin duck and spring onion pancake roll, Roasted pepper, basil and ricotta tartlet and a Salmon teriyaki served on a bamboo stick. All super delicious and very well complimented with the Bouchard Finlayson, Blanc de Mer 2013 wine. The appetiser has passed the test! Now, on to the starter…

I have to say, Creamed goats cheese and smoked beetroot salad, toasted walnuts and spiced raisin salsa, is one of my favourite starters anywhere in the world! A combination of goats cheese and beetroot is always sure to win me over (see my post about Tassili for another great, similar dish!). This went perfectly with the Bouchard Finlayson, Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014, another successful course!

As you may know, I am slightly sceptical about fish, it is by no means my favourite dish and I totally avoid ordering it; however, the chef insisted I try it, so I did. The intermediate course was a Glazed potato nest, king prawns and buttered spinach with a Chablis cream sauce. I wasn’t keen about anything in this description to be honest, but I was well and truly proved wrong! It was delicious, like really, really delicious! It looked amazing too! This matched perfectly with a Bouchard Finlayson, Crocodile Lair Limited Release Chardonnay 2011.

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Having been proven wrong about the intermediate course, we moved on to something more up my street, a meaty main! The Mint crusted lamb rack, ratatouille Provençale and Jersey Royals with a Pinot Noir jus, were the highlight of the whole menu. I could eat this daily, just good, very, very good! Oh, and the Bouchard Finlayson, Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2009 is a pretty amazing accompaniment too! (If you want to recreate one part of the dinner at home, then THIS should be it!)

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Now for dessert, we are drinking the Bouchard Finlayson, Hannibal 2012, which is beautiful, but very well known for its partnership with very dark chocolate. For the tasting, we had opted for a take on Tiramisu, creamy, but with extra dark chocolate and extra coffee; in a gateaux style. Whilst this dessert alone was delicious, it didn’t particularly go with the wine. So we slightly adapted the menu and opted for a Bitter chocolate tart with drunken cherries, which will be revealed on the night!

So, that’s the full menu for the event, apologies if I’ve made you hungry! The event itself is in conjunction with Dunell’s Premier Wines in Jersey, and will be hosted at Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel. It starts at 7:30pm on Friday 27th February, and there are under half the tickets left (at time of writing) for the event. If you would like to book or get more info, call the hotel on +441534 671100.

Enjoy and let me know what you think, if you go along. I certainly will be doing!

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