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A joint 50th and 60th birthday celebration was enjoyed by all at last night`s wine-tasting dinner. For us it was also a chance to introduce our new manager, James, who was speaker. Our wine selection for the evening was from Liberty Wines and the matching menu was created by chef Tony Bell. Our thanks to everyone for helping make it such a special evening.

Speaker: James Beverley

Host: Anthony Borges – Chef: Tony Bell


Fantini Cuvée Rosato Brut Sparkling, Farnese, £16.99, £15.00 – aperitif
This is a fresh and aromatic wine with intriguing aromas of pink pomegranate, ripe cherry, red currant, wild strawberry and raspberry. On the palate, it is pleasantly aromatic, well-balanced with elegant and persistent bubbles. 100% Aglianico

Gavi di Gavi `Lugarara` La Giustiniana, Piemonte 2017, £19.99, £17.75
Straw-yellow with a greenish hue. The wine’s aromas of white fruit, stone fruit and lime zest are immediately beguiling and followed by a subtle yet persistent bouquet of green apples. The palate is well balanced with a fresh acidity and good structure. Pleasant almond notes linger on the finish. 100% Cortese

Pieropan `La Rocca` Soave Classico, Veneto 2013, £29.99, £26.99
‘La Rocca’ is golden yellow in the glass, with intense, concentrated perfumes that follow through to the palate. Classic La Rocca aromas of almond essence and honey lead to an elegant and beautifully balanced palate, with notes of vanilla and almond kernel and ripe apricots. The long finish has a light mineral edge. 100% Garganega

Farnese Fantini Sangiovese, Terre di Chieti 2017, £12.99, £11.69
A youthful and appealing wine, garnet red in colour and quite intense on the nose with vibrant red fruit, cherries and herbal characters. On the palate, it has bright fruity notes of strawberry and morello cherry, with subtle vanilla characters from the oak. The wine is well-balanced and medium-bodied with structured, firm tannins, fresh acidity and a long finish. 100% Sangiovese

Isole e Olena Chianti Classico, Tuscany 2012, £28.99, £26.09
This Chianti Classico is crimson in colour with typical sour cherry and bramble notes. The palate has a supple, lithe character full of perfumed fruit and is given depth by a mineral vein. Structure comes from the taut acidity and tannin structure. 80% Sangiovese 15% Canaiolo 5% Syrah

Palazzo della Torre, Allegrini, Veneto 2014, £23.99, £21.59
Ruby red in colour, Palazzo della Torre has enticing aromas of cherry with rich dark chocolate notes. Velvety in texture, it is well-balanced and offers ripe, juicy dark fruit, with silky tannins and refreshing acidity. 70% Corvina 25% Rondinella 5% Sangiovese

Lugana `I Frati` Ca dei Frati, Lombardia 2016, £20.99, £18.89
Light yellow in colour with a concentrated but fresh perfume of white flowers, peaches and ripe lemons. On the palate, it has excellent depth and balance, with lovely richness and a crisp, lively finish 100% Turbiana

A-Mano Vino Passito, Puglia 2010 (37.5cl), £19.99, £17.99
Deep ruby red in colour with perfumes of red rose petals and dried cherries. These aromas give way to a dark, black cherry and spice character on the palate with rounded tannins and a characteristic bitter twist. Sweet and luscious but not cloying, it has dried fruit and cinnamon perfumes on the finish. 100% Aleatico

Brachetto d`Acqui, Contero, Piemonte £20.99, £18.89
This wine is light cherry red in colour. The rich, persistent mousse accompanies bright aromas of roses and violets. The slightly sweet, aromatic palate has a typical bittersweet note on the finish. 100% Brachetto

Discounted prices in red for wines ordered this evening, thank you.


Warm prawn salad

Scallop & broad bean ‘cicchetti’

Cube of pork, Tuscan-style lentils

Breast of guinea-fowl ‘cacciatore’


Strawberry desert

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