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    Friday, 22 May 2015


    If there's a week worth celebrating, surely it's got to be London Wine Week
    London Wine Week is all about showcasing the thriving wine scene that our Capital has to offer and you can find masterclasses, pop-ups and tastings all across the city.
    I think wine can be intimidating, people see wine as 'aspirational' but Wine Week is all about showcasing just how accessable wine is to everyone. 
    Elk Cove Pinot Gris
    Last year for Wine Week, I went to Harvey Nicholls for a food and wine pairing session and this year I went along to a masterclass session on American wines at wine stockist Amathus.

    Amathus put together a flight featuring two white and three red wines from the Elk Cove Wineyard in Oregon to talk us through American wine production and explain how they stand up against the usual suspects in France, Spain and Italy.
    Amathus London Wine Tasting London Wine Week
    Rum Selection Amathus London
    Our host Tom gave us some fascinating insights in American wine - explaing the country has four main wine-making regions: New York State, California, Oregon and Washington. Unsuprisingly California is king - producing wine on an industrial scale (667 millions gallons a year) whereas Oregon produces a mere droplet of that amout (only 6 million gallons per year).

    Tom went on to explain that Oregon is best known for its Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay grapes, making it very similar to the French region of Burgundy.

    My favourite wine was the Riesling - it was sweet, very drinkable with an honey/syrup note. I sometimes find white wine catches in my throat but this was so smooth and they basically had to prise the bottle away from my end of the table....
    Elk Cove Oregon Wine - Reisling
    We also learnt that 90% of the wine produced in Oregon is Pinot Noir - and they do them really well. Rustic, earthy, berry flavours. Not as fruity as Californian wines but still very good...
    Wine Tasting Amathus London London Wine Week
    Girls London Wine Week
    After our whistlestop tour of American wines, we went in search of food (naturally....)
    The great thing about London Wine Week is that a lot of the bars and restaurants are offering special deals on flights of wine & food so you can find some brilliant offers no matter which side of London you're in.

    We headed to Vinoteca (on Beak Street) who were offering three wines with perfectly matched tapas designed by the head chef, Klaudiusz Wiatrak. I opted for the 2013 Pinot Grigio (Franz Haas – Alto Adige, Ital) with tomato & basil bruschetta before we attacked the bar snacks menu...
    Canapes London Wine Week Vinoteca
    Pork Crackling with apple sauce...
    Pork Crackling Apple Sauce
     a plate of mortadella (italian sausage to you & me)
    Mortadella Ham Vinoteca London
     and a slice of Lincolnshire Poacher cheese with oat cakes and pear chutney - just what i needed!
    Wine and Cheese London Wine Week
    I had a brilliant night trying lots of different wines, although I didn't have a very nice morning going to work with a hangover. Are you heading out to any events for London Wine Week? I'd love to hear where you are off to!
    Vinoteca Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    1 comment:

    1. What a really interesting post to find out more about wines. The tapas looked delish too! Lovely post k x