Wines with FoodFriends at The Wine Shop
By Alison Holmes
Thursday 11 November Foodfriends held a Spanish Wine Tasting
at the Wine Shop with lovely Spanish food made by Maggie and
Jo to accompany the fine wines. There were many regular attendees
but there were also some new ones and as usual everyone was
chatting away enjoying each other's company. Food consisted
of chick pea, olive and chorizo salad; marinated prawns with
garlic; a potato gratin made with olives, mushrooms, chorizo,
red peppers and artichokes; sliced chorizo with garlic mayonnaise;
various olive dips; orange and port pate; chicken bruschette
cheeses, breads and crackers.
first wine we tasted was a Faustino Cava Brut NV; Michael explained
that this was made by methode traditionnalle which meant by
the traditional way champagne is made and therefore bubbles
are not produced by injection of carbon dioxide but by secondary
fermentation in the bottle. This was a lovely wine, some people
thought it was a little sweet but I didn't agree, it would be
a good party drink and a lot more affordable than Champagne.
second wine was a Besodevino Macabeo (white wine) with the aroma
of fresh green apples and again a very good wine which you could
drink at any time of day (breakfast was one suggestion) not
sure I totally agree with that, maybe a little too early in
the day for me.
Next came Besodevino Granacha Rosé, again I enjoyed this
drink it wasn't sweet like some Rosé wines but some of
the men thought it was more a 'girlie drink'.
fourth wine was Besodevino Old Vine Garnacha, this was a red
wine and quite light to drink for a red wine.
last wine was Besodevino Seleccion, and was more full bodied,
quite delicious and would go well with any red meat or game.
had not tried many Spanish wines in the past but thoroughly
enjoyed all the wines Michael had selected, so much so that
a group of us were left behind chatting away over a few more
bottles until the early morning. Another successful wine tasting
to Michael for his knowledge and explaining the wines to us
and to Maggie and Jo for providing such great food.