s deli supper & wine evening was our first "Table of Eighteen" in seven years using almost exclusively the food from our own fridges. And what a feast it was too. Tony added some of his magic, such as adding tapenade to the anchovy galettes and grilling the chipolatas in marmalade, just two delicious dainties of the evening as we grazed our way through the fish, meat and cheese platters, finally winding up around 10.45. The wines were the right stuff for the occasion too, and our guests were spirited and great fun. My personal favourite food/wine combination was the galette of anchovy with Barbadillo Manzanilla. It was super. Thank you those of you who came and went away with all those of cases of wine and bags of food, your service is valued and much appreciated. Looking forward to the next of these supper evenings August 25th.
Ventisquero Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Chile, £9.99 – aperitif
The Sauvignon Blanc grape remains ever popular, in particular from NZ and Chile. This one from Casablanca Valley has a citrus/ mineral quality which is refreshing with a crisp acidity which cuts nicely through oily fish and partners well with seafood and salads.
Barbadillo Manzanilla, Spain £10.99
This very Spanish aperitif is traditionally enjoyed with olives, but anything salty works (salted nuts, anchovy cheese-palmiers, fresh anchovies, eel slices, smoked fish, tapas etc.) The darker dry sherries are more suited to charcuterie and smoked meats.
Pasquiers Grenache-Cinsault Rosé 2016, France, £7.99
Our bestselling Rosé is from Languedoc, south of France. Although perfectly dry, it has a bitter-sweet note mid-palate which is delicious on a hot muggy day, and is especially enjoyable with Paella, tapas and charcuterie. The berry like flavours and crisp acidity should complement almost everything on your platter this evening.
Los Gansos Gewurztraminer 2016, Chile, £9.99
This fragrant white wine by Cono Sur has delicious notes of ripe peach, apricot and lychee. The wine is perfect with Asian food, but this evening we recommend trying it with the smoked fish and chicken. It also drinks well on its own.
Les Oliviers Merlot Mourvedre 2015, £7.99
A good value red from Languedoc with herbal, vinous scents and a trace of wild lavender. On the palate, plum and damson is spiked with spice. Although most suited to charcuterie this evening, it is also suited to grilled and roasted red meats.
False Bay Pinotage 2014, S. Africa £8.99
This coastal Pinotage has an aroma of summer pudding followed by a vibrant and fruity palate with a more savoury quality than the nose suggests. The earthy/smoky note is redolent of its sandy provenance – perfect with barbecue and smoked meats.
Fantini Sangiovese Terre di Chieti 2016, Italy £11.99
A Sangiovese from the Adriatic coast of the Abruzzo. Wild cherries and a leafy character leap from the glass. Notes of strawberry and Morello cherry persist throughout with subtle background notes of vanilla. This well-rounded red is a banker for Puttanesca and tomato-based pasta dishes, but also suited to grilled and roasted red meat. This evening we trust its fruit quality will partner the cheeses well.