Just recently I was invited to ‘A Grape Can Speak a Thousand Words’ wine tasting event, hosted by Alex Tilling at WestBeach. We had the pleasure of trying three different grape varieties, that’s six wines paired with six canapés whilst enjoying seaside views.
“Where you grew up makes an imprint on the person you become. The same is true of grape varieties, a similar grape can produce two astoundingly different wines because of the differences in soil, climate and winemaking traditions” – Alex Tilling.
I have to admit Alex is amazing at pairing wine with food, she cleverly selects a detailed shopping list for the head chef at WestBeach to embrace. It’s astounding how a good pairing can develop their own identity in taste. For me, this was definitely reflected many times throughout the evening with the third selection being my favourite – a match made in heaven. The wine and food pairing for the event included;
- Skillagalee Riesling 2013, Clare Valley, Australia. Paired with curried tiger prawn blini with curry creme fraiche.
- Kientzler Riesling Reserve 2013, Alasce, France. Paired with goat’s cheese and lime balls with hazelnut crumb.
- Domaine Sylvain Gaudron Vouvray Sec 2012, Loire, France. Paired with pulled pork belly on sour dough toast with apple puree.
- Ken Forrester FMC Chenin Blanc 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Paired with jerk chicken and pineapple salsa skewers.
- Château du Cedre Heritage Malbec 2012, Cahors, France. Paired with confit duck leg croquette with pair chutney.
- Perez Cruz Cot 2013, Maipo Valley, Chile. Paired with roasted beef with mash potato and whole grain mustard jus.
The whole event is an enjoyable experience, dipping in and out of Alex’s knowledge of wines, tasting the delightful flavours whilst watching the sunset, I couldn’t recommend a better way of spending an evening.
Tickets are just £20pp, do visit WestBeach’s website to book the next wine tasting event.