I am very much an amateur when it comes to wine. My grapplings with aromas, finishes, textures and mouth feel is like watching a foal trying to stand up on a sheet of ice set at a 45 degree angle. Given this, and the fact that I probably wasn't terribly sober when I was writing my wine tweets, here are my twitter notes for everyone's amusement:
Wine 1. Alain Jaume: I'd happily drink this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. White fruit with a touch of chalk. #ttl
Wine number 2 for #ttl Louis Bernard 2007. Balanced. Sure footed. Like a fruity goat. Dry finish like Jimmy Carr.
Wine 3: Les sablons grenache syrah. Goes well with mega garlicky snails. Rich texture. Am I getting blackberries? #ttl
Wine 4. Gigondas. Wine number 4. Pepper. Tanin. Is that like sun in? But for skin? Slight painty whiff. But that's just me.
Wine number 5. #ttl. Chateau neuf du pape. I'm a massive fan of this. Ending on a high. Like Amy winehouse probably will.
The wine tasting was fascinating and has opened my mind to the variety of wines available from the Rhone. I feel very under-qualified to talk a lot about wine, so here's a quick summary of the excellent food we were treated to whilst indulging in our vinuous tweeting!
Roasted chicory with cured ham and thyme was a master dish that was as full of bitterness as it was sweet with ham. It stood up to the robust red wines with aplomb. Arguably it won.
Buttery asparagus with morels on crostini was one of those dishes that I wanted to last forever. Sadly it didn't and it nearly caused a fight as we squabbled over the last morsel.
The onion tart was, after 4 glasses of red wine, much needed. Luckily it was not only adept at adding ballast, but it was also one of the best tarts I have had in a long time.
Snail puffs were sensationally naughty. Oozing butter and garlic in equal measure, they are probably one of the more illicit things I've put in my mouth for a few months. They were just the ticket to make me feel uber French.
The baked eggs in a red wine sauce were magnificently cooked. The yolks ran and the white was firm.
The food was a perfect foil for the wine. There's nothing like good wine and food to bring people together and spark stories. It was a shining example of how to host a gastronomic blogging event. Next time I'm in need of a feed in Primrose Hill I'll be heading to The Landsdowne for starter and The Engineer for main course.
The evening was a huge success. Thank you Robert for being such a generous host and to both TTL and The Landsdowne for making it all possible. Just look at the trouble you caused...
We still love to go on trips around the UK, staying in BnBs or camping in search of a good meal or two - hence, Around Britain with a Paunch. Quite often the trips have been prompted by Diana Henry's Gastro Pub Cookbook. Here's where we've been to: