As lunch time approached on Saturday, we headed over to Noble Rot Wine Bar for a wine tasting which had been postponed due to the August lockdown. Entitled Voyage Through Wine, the event gave us the opportunity to taste six wines from around the world, while enjoying some charcuterie and cheese, and hearing about each of the wines and their backgrounds. As Josh who was one of our guides of the day said, we can’t travel just now so let’s tour the world with wine.
When we entered, we were welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and took our seats at a long table, piled with glasses, food and bread. It all looked so lovely and tempting and really set the scene.
Josh and Jessica, two of the wine bar’s sommeliers, took us through the wines and explained the importance of place as much as the grapes used in the wines. If you take a wine like the Riesling we tasted (which I really liked), the resulting product depends on which side of the Rhine the vines are grown, if they are in shade or sun, the direction of the wind and so on. We also learned how in Italy the grapes are names after the region – the one we tasted came from the Campania region where ancient, native varietals, Fiano, Greco, and Aglianico can be found.
As we tasted and listened, we ate. There was the most delicious chicken liver parfait along with bresaola, saucisson sec, prosciutto, chorizo picante and cornichons on the charcuterie platter, and a selection of five different cheeses, including an amazing Tomme de Chèvre, on the cheese platter. The other cheeses were a Vintage Waikato from New Zealand, camembert, Moliterno al Tartufo from Sardinia, and a roquefort.
We tasted three reds – one from South Africa that we had actually tasted before and really like, a Côtes du Rhône made by a family who have been growing grapes since 1481, and finally, a lovely full bodied red from the Bekka Valley in Lebanon. 80% of wines from the Lebanon come from this region, using mostly traditional French grape varieties.
All in all, it was a great experience, with some interesting new wines, welcoming hosts and delicious food. We were so glad the event could take place, and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in wine should it happen again next year as part of Wellington on a Plate.
The wines we tasted were:
- NV Roederer Estate Brut
- 2019 Dr Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling
- 2019 Mastroberadino Fiano di Avelino
- 2018 Kaapzicht ‘Skuinsberg’ Cinsault
- 2019 Jean-Louis Chave ‘Mon Coeue’ CDR
- 2013 Chateau Marsyas Rouge
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Also entered into The Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Natalie The Explorer. Well, wine may be your beverage of choice on this Sunday evening!