24th April 2014
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Wine Tasting Dinner 2nd November, 2013
Last November 2nd we held one of our regular wine tastings - this time with a meal. One of our recruits wrote:
"With slight trepidation as a novice to this type of thing, I was picked up by friends to join a meal and wine tasting evening with folk connected to the Early Music Leicester group. As soon as we walked through the door we felt extremely welcome and were ushered to our seats to dine. John our host provided a sumptuous six course feast of canapés, roasted butternut squash soup, paella, braised oxtail, summer fruit salad, farmhouse cheese and coffee. Those of us who stayed a little later were also treated to a home made chocolate cake.
Patrick Whenham-Bossy, former Sommelier at Hambleton Hall shared with us his wealth of knowledge providing us with exceptional wines to accompany each course. His style was easy and unpretentious and one felt comfortable asking questions of him without feeling foolish. We had the opportunity to comment on the wines and to guess the grape variety and the country/region from which it originated. Patrick opened our eyes to some rather magnificent bottles at unexpectedly reasonable prices which we will no doubt need to purchase from his shop Terra Wines in Melton. The dessert wines were particularly good, as were the Pinot Gris from Alsace and the Chateau Penin merlot from Bordeaux.
The evening was magnificently topped off by a musical treat from Andrew followed by John on the Spinet and Yvette on the recorder. I was immediately transported back to medieval times and took great pleasure from watching David who was clearly able to anticipate every note of the pieces played. John's team worked so hard to serve and wash and clear and we are most grateful to the way in which we were treated like kings and dined as such. Thank you to John especially for opening his home to entertain us, a marvellous and eye opening evening. My trepidation was entirely misplaced!"