Jackson Family Estate Wine Tasting Supper

On Tuesday 9th June, Camber Wines and abarbistro hosted a wine tasting evening, featuring wines from Australia & California from the Jackson Family Estates. The evening consisted of 5 wines and a 4 course supper. The fabulous food created by the abar’s kitchen team had each wine in mind when deciding on the menu.

The evening was led by Dimitri Mesnard, International Brand Ambassador for Jackson Family Wines. He explained the history and inception of Jackson Family Wines and then talked about each wine that was being tasted. Dimitri was very informative, fun and definitely wooed the ladies with his lovely French accent!

We would like to say thank you to Dimitri Mesnard for coming along and making this a successful evening. The previous day he had been one of the judges in London at the UK Sommelier of the Year awards! We would also like to thank Alec Street from Boutinot Wines for assisting along the way and making the evening possible.

Look out for our next wine tasting supper on Tuesday 18th August.Jackson SupperDimitri pre Dimitri 2Jackson Estate Menu

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David Moore does Franciacorta

David Moore has spent the last 4 or 5 days in Lomardia , Northern Italy experiencing the fruits of the Franciacorta region. In a nutshell, as Champagne is to France and Cava is to Spain, so Franciacorta is to Italy. This incredible sparkling wine is a relatively new kid on the block but is made with a passion and expertise that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Made in the bottle in a process that can take anything from 24 – 72 months with the familiar grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot noir (nero) and Pinot Blanc (Bianco), the wine is often pure and very modern in style. Many young wine makers are experimenting alongside some seasoned vintners to produce stunning results. It’s not cheap, and we don’t mention Prosecco in the same sentence as this wine is seriously top drawer. Watch out for our listing from Azienda Agricola Ferghettina very soon. Some perfect bubbles for the Italian Americas Cup crew to celebrate coming in as runners up to Ben Ainslies British crew in the forthcoming July races here in Portsmouth!

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David Moore on Wine: Celebrate

David Moore looks at the perfect wines to toast sunny days and balmy warm evenings.

Champagne and strawberries have always gone hand in glove with sunshine and al fresco living.An indulgence for the rich? Well it really doesn’t have to be that way.

Yes, Champagne is expensive but there are cheaper alternatives, so think outside the box and look no further than the delightfully light and fizzy Prosecco from Piedmont, in Northern Italy.

It’s a wonderful low-in-alcohol alternative and is the prime ingredient of the classic Venetian peach cocktail Bellini, which is simply peach puree and Prosecco.

Or why not try strawberry or raspberry puree, which is absolutely luscious. Perfect for picnics, summer events – or just for enjoying sunshine in your garden.

We are, it seems, becoming more and more likely to drink pink or rosé wine, which has seen an extraordinary growth recently – up 139 per cent over the past decade and up around 20 per cent in the past year alone – in pubs and restaurants to around 12 per cent of wine consumed in the UK.

This is against a backdrop of declining sales generally in bars so it is even more striking, but deservedly so.

Rosé de Provence is an icon from the world’s largest rosé producing region in the southeast of France.

It has a beautiful delicate pink colour and a wine that will pair with almost any food. In fact, it is proving so popular French rosé now outsells white wine in France.

We, in the UK, have the luxury of a global input to our market and I implore you to try some amazing value quality rosés from South Africa. These are often made by French wine makers plying their trade in a better climate.

Circumstance Rosé from Waterkloof Estate, in Stellenbosch, is made with the Mourvèdre grape and is a steal at £8.75. Its French equivalent would be in the region of £12 a bottle.

My summer drinking is set to revolve around South African varietals. Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Sauvignon blanc all thrive here and are up there with the best in the world.

The difference of course is in the price. A South African Sauvignon Blanc can be half the cost of its New Zealand equivalent without compromising on quality.

My current recommendations are: Koopmanskloof Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (£7) – A soft wine with hints of asparagus, lime and peach. Percheron Chenin Blanc Viognier (£6.50) – From the Western Cape this wine is richly aromatic with vibrant white stone fruit flavours.

David Moore has been a restaurateur for 30 years and is owner of abarbistro, Old Portsmouth www.abarbistro.co.uk and Camber Wines www.camberwines.co.uk

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