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Australasia fun!


We enjoyed an excellent evening with bubbly guest speaker Tom Grundy and chef Tony Bell in scintillating form. Best wine of the evening, for me, was the suave Vasse Felix Chardonnay which went beautifully with Tony`s Confit of salmon loin. All the wine/food matches were precision perfect, except arguably (for me) the Viognier with Sunbeam tomato dish; both wine and dish delicious, but together a slight jar.  The best wine/food match difficult to choose, but in my book by a nose it was the  beautiful Picnic Pinot Noir with mushroom and pastry savoury … my that was good. Thanks everyone for coming and for contributing to what was a great fun and gloriously indulgent evening. Notes and menu to follow:

Guest speaker: Tom Grundy – Host: Anthony Borges –

Chef: Tony Bell

Jansz Premium Cuvée, aperitif £18.99

Tasmania, Australia, NV

A rich, biscuity Champagne-alternative from the coolest part of the country. Comes in a great box!

Pewsey Vale Riesling £15.99

Eden Valley, Australia, 2015

The very first vineyard planted in the Eden Valley, in 1847. Very fine, classic, dry, mineral Aussie Riesling

Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc £15.99

Marlborough, New Zealand, 2015

Very good example of what Marlborough is best at – lean, zingy Sauvignon with herbaceous tang

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 11.99

South Australia, 2015

Delightful peachy-flavoured wine, floral and beguiling

Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2014, £24.99

Margaret River, Australia, 2014

One of the most elegant Chardonnays of Australia. Very fine citrusy poise. Long, long after-taste. Delicious!

Two Paddocks `Picnic` Pinot Noir, Central Otago, £28.99

Central Otago, New Zealand, 2014

Delicate, aromatic and berry-scented Pinot from the most southerly growing region in the world. Superb with the mushroom.

Vasse Felix ‘Filius’ Cabernet Merlot £18.99

Margaret River, Australia, 2014

Elegant, classic Margaret River. Stylish wine and a terric choice with the beef.

Victoria Park Shiraz Viognier, £10.99

South Australia, 2014

Rich, plummy Shiraz lightened by a dash of aromatic Viognier

Running With Bulls Tempranillo, South Australia £11.99

South Australia, 2014

Generous, moreish Spanish grape grown Down Under. Hugely popular our end of the table.



Lime and ginger marinade twice cooked pork belly, ‘pickled’ cabbage

Chilli-roasted feta, watermelon, oregano dressing

Sunbeam tomatoes, dry roasted cumin and herbed scented ricotta, balsamic glaze

Confit of salmon loin, green gazpacho

Mushroom savoury

Sweet soy braised beef, mango & sesame salad

Cheese platter

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