Friday, 19 February 2010
Pacific Rim Food and Wine Dinner at Danny's - 18.02.10
G. H. Mumm, Mumm de Cramant n.v. Champagne @ £34.95 per bottle (available in-store only) along with Danny's taster dish of Steamed pork 'n' peanut relish bun. The Mumm de Cramant is a beautifully elegant Champagne sourced from a single vineyard within the famous village of Cramant in the Cotes de Blancs. It is made from 100% Chardonnay and has lovely fresh lime, lemon and grapefruit flavours on its incredibly complex but elegant palate. The bubbles are so delicate and the acidity is spot on. For the techy people reading this, the ‘melt-in-the-mouth’ mousse is created by bottling under lower pressure to produce very small, fine bubbles (4.5 Atmospheres as opposed to the rest of the Mumm range which is 6). This is now officially my new favourite Champagne. It was absolutely delicious with the pork relish, a match I was not expecting.
Mount Difficulty Pinot Gris 'Roaring Meg' 2008 and the One Chain Vineyards Colombard-Sauvignon-Riesling 'The Opportunist' 2008. Two very different wines but they both worked really well with the dish. In fact my favourite, and many agreed, was the wine from One Chain Vineyards. We were delighted to showcase this extremely food versatile wine and at £4.95 in the shop, this is fabulous value. The dish was really beautiful with an amazing liquour that just screamed 'Drink me'! and with no spoon to do so was quickly (and discreetly) tipped and drunk! Yum Yum...
Trentham Estate Heathcote Shiraz 2006, one of my favourite wines. We are just moving on to the 2006 vintage from the awesome, multi award winning 2005 but this vintage is also going to be an award winner. In fact, Trentham announced only yesterday that they have just picked up a gold medal for this wine at the Sydney Wine Show.
Château Filhot Sauternes 2005. This Sauternes is stylish, delicate in sweetness and packed with pineapple aromas and flavours which made it a great match for this dish. Hot squishy banana with textural black rice....yummy. All I needed was some hot weather and a beach! Actually, this dish served on Danny's terrace would be fab in the summer!
We also served the Bundaberg Distillers No.3 Rum from Australia as an after-dinner drink. All I can say is that it didn't last very long!
Thank you Danny and thank you to everyone who came. We hope you enjoyed the evening. Thanks also to Liz (our lovely GM) for her informative food and wine matching talks between courses. A very enjoyable evening.