A warm sunny evening and a pleasant stroll from Warwick Avenue underground station heading towards the Truscott Arms Maida Vale London where Yalumba was hosting their aptly named Butcher, Baker and Winemaker dinner with Yalumba chief winemaker Louisa Rose.
I remember visiting the Truscott Arms many times although it was quite a few years ago now before its makeover and it was nice to return.
My wife and I were invited to the dinner courtesy of Tesco by submitting an online review of two of Yalumba wines the ‘Old Bush Vine Grenache 2013’ and the ‘Shiraz Viognier 2012’ and then Yalumba voting on the best reviews. (see reviews here).
On arrival around 7.00 pm, we were shown into the outdoor garden area for pre-dinner drinks and canapes where we were given a glass of ‘Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2014’ which was crisp and dry but still with a lovely creaminess giving a little weight. This is where we met fellow review winners along with the guys from Negociants UK and of course Louisa who we had a quick chat before dinner.
At 7.30pm we were shown to an upstairs dining area where an impressively laid out table greeted us. After a few formalities and an introduction By Louisa Rose about the wines we were drinking our glasses were filled with the first selection of the ‘Eden Valley Viognier 2013’ and the ‘Old Bush vine Grenache 2013’ to go with the first-course Charcuterie. Both paired very well with a slight preference for the Intense and aromatic Viognier which was full of ripe apricots and wonderful texture.
Next up was Halibut with a Rousanne reduction, grapes and Salsify accompanied by a crisp, slightly acidic and perfumed Roussanne in which, after a show of hands not many people in the room had tried before.
Beef Cheeks were next along with a couple of reds, the ‘Patchwork Shiraz 2013’ and my star of the night the ‘Signature Cab Sauvignon Shiraz 2010’ a superb blend full of fresh cherries and red currants, slightly dusty and tannic with a touch of menthol, (didn’t decline the offer of a refill ).
For dessert, we were treated to another brilliant wine the ‘FSW8B Botrytis Viognier 2014’ Sweet but not cloying a perfect end to a perfect meal.
Louisa was friendly and knowledgeable answering all our questions and it was brilliant to meet her personally. All in all another fantastic night eating, drinking and meeting the guys behind the wines we buy. Superb stuff.