A nice little tasting on Friday night at the Mullion Cove Hotel Wine and Food weekend.
They gave me free rein to select 6 wines and then matched them to various dishes on the weekend menus. I always try to go “off piste” on these events to push back people’s preconceptions and get them to try new things.
We kicked off with the Amalia Garnacha Tempranillo Rosado (£5.99), a cheeky little pink wine fruity but dry, very straightforward and easy to slurp.
Things then got more testing with Epicuro Falanghina (£8.45) the almond scented favourite of the Amalfi coast and the hauntingly aromatic Virtus Moscato from Brazil (£9.00).
On the reds and the intense and blackberry crunchy Santa Alicia Carmenere Reserva from Chile (£7.85) followed by
Domaine de Valensac Entre Nous Petit Verdot (£9.40)– impenetrable purple red with oodles of mulberry fruit, wonderful.
Finally a delicate Semillon Riesling dessert wine from Santa Monica in Chile (£7.49) lighter than I remember it which makes ideal for fruit salad or possibly with a ceviche starter.
And so off Tuscany next week to taste my way through 24 wineries in four days, it’s a tough life!
Ps if you are wondering what Mulberries taste like go to your Deli and buy a jar of Wilkin and Sons Tiptree Mulberry jam from God’s own county of Essex. They have the only commercial grove of Mulberry trees in the country.