Late lunch party for 6 today, vaguely related to 12th night as an excuse. My guests are enthusiastic diners but “red or white” type drinkers.
Smoked Pyrennean trout, Norfolk game casserole with garden veg, (the last) Christmas pud, English cheese board…
The line up has a story. I wanted to have just English wines as the (well, not the fish obviously) menu was pretty home-spun and I thought it worth spreading the word.
The fizz I’ve posted before, it’s a Prosecco style crowd pleaser made in Kent, this from chardonnay, PM, bacchus and PN for the colour. It’s actually quite nice, dry, with some delicate flavours.
Nobody wanted the Norfolk-grown (but made in Essex) Bacchus fumé which is actually quite decent IMO, as the red was plumped for, understandably. This is Bolney’s signature red, Dornfelder and Rondo blend, not had this before but seemed a reasonable punt.
Golly this is really not very nice. Winbirri in Norfolk make a similar red which is not too bad in comparison. My guests gamely and politely drunk their allocated pours but demurred when it came to the offer of a second bottle; but eyes lit up when the French cellar defender was offered instead and thus restored order and conviviality.
No excuses for the entry level port cellar defender, it is a what it says on the tin type drink. Not to be thrown away and was nice enough with the cheese. But I’m keeping my vintage bottles for another day.
There was a digestif round too from home made liqueurs; sloe gin, bramble whisky, etc and my favourite is Rucolino which, for home-made purposes is vodka steeped in home grown rocket and other garden herbs and spices for a year, then decanted and matured for another 5 years. turns a bright yellow. Tastes just like yellow Chartreuse - really nice.