Had the in laws + brother in law and his new girlfriend over on Friday night which was fun and boozy.
Barbecued a salt marsh lamb leg from Cumbria and it was delicious with loads of salads and sides.
Drinks list was quite long so here goes… (sorry)
From what I remember, Weinart is drinking beautifully. Many thanks to all the members here for the great recommendation. Peter Lehmann was the pick of the night. So primary compared to the Weinart. Rioja meh. Ok. Zardoz… hmm, young and green but drank better as it opened up but I don’t think it really mattered at that stage.
When the boy woke up at 6am Saturday morning I was regretting those whiskies! #pleasedrinkresponsibly
Wow, @winechief! Sounds like you had a very jolly evening- and some great wine choices too! Hope you’re not nursing too bad a hangover!..
We bought the wild boar on-line from The Wild Meat Company, which is based in Suffolk. This was the first time we used them- we made a bulk buy of lots of different game, and each was fantastic. This particular recipe was Wild Boar roasted in White Port, with prunes, almonds, hazelnuts and apricots. It was awesome!
We’re just about to put another order through with them. Highly recommended!
Love the unusual meats. We are lucky in having a ‘rare breeds’ butcher, with wild boar usually available from the culling in Forest of Dean. Also culled are the rare long haired fallow deer which produce excellent venison. In season the usual game suspects!. Yet to source woodcock though. There is also a butcher in Hereford that gets salt marsh lamb from the Gower. Nobody does mail order though…when it’s there you buy it.
All this bounty can be a challenge not to ruin it with inappropriate wines.
I think in another thread I said that Ludlow has lost its place in the restaurant listings, but is a great place to buy stuff to cook. 4 butchers, 3 bakers, 1 fishmonger, 2 greengrocers, 4 cheese shops, 3 delis, 1 wine shop. In a town of 10,500 population.
Indeed! Some very unusual meats… Particularly the squirrel.
I visited Ludlow three years ago with the Johnson clan (my other half’s family) and was well impressed with the foodie side of it. Beautiful place, too!
Love the photo and the description, @Inbar. Really glad you enjoyed the wine. Yes, it’s got a “wild” quality about it, and an irresistibly Mediterranean herbaceousness. When your budget stretches to it, I recommend the top wine of the same estate, Àn. It used to be called Ànima Negra (“Black Soul” in Catalan). It actually makes ÀN/2 look tame and modest. Àn is a truly amazing wine. Either way, Mallorca is one of the most distinctive winemaking regions of Southern Europe.
How right you are, @peterm! I certainly did not finish all the roasties, but I did consume the poor boar right to the last bite!
Incidentally, the plate at the front of the photo is my husband’s. Having some Irish blood is his justification for eating mounds of spuds, and indeed, piling my plate while he’s at it!
As for the wild boar- it was delicious. Cooked fairly quickly (about an hour in total), as it’s got virtually no fat, it tasted more like beef than pork. It soaked the white port sauce really well. I much prefer game to farmed meat- so much more flavour, with (hopefully) slightly less suffering.
I originally planned to open this a few weeks ago - but in the end decided it was just too warm. A wet, windy Sunday is far more appropriate.
This wine was scored 96 by Decanter - so does it live up to that?
The answer, in my opinion, is absolutely. It has great concentration for a wine costing under £14 - and a very long, balanced finish. Lots of dark berry fruits and cassis backed by great acidity. No “alcoholic ribena” this one. I can’t remember when I last had a Cabernet based wine this good from Bordeaux at anything close to this price point.
I personally think it is just ready (Decanter suggest drinking from 2019). However I am sure it will improve. I bought a dozen so it will be great to see how it evolves over the next few years. If it lasts that long…
Finished our squeeze bottles of wine and they’re changing the main stage over, so we’ve popped to a local institution for a glass or two before heading back in. Lovely light red bin end, owner unsure but we think it’s cab Franc. Just the ticket.
Just cracked open a bottle of this lovely white Rioja, very classic in style, lovely balanced style some oak, some sherry notes, good fruit, acidity and lovely texture. Pretty good value for those with cellar space to enjoy it over the next decade or so.