We are pleased to welcome our special guest speaker for the evening, Gareth Groves from Bibendum Wine.
Gareth Groves is Bibendum's Head of Communications and has worked in the wine trade for over 10 years having started his career as a chef. Gareth has worked very closely with Bibendum's Vivid green team, Vivid, since its inception in 2008 and is an active supporter of sustainable business practices. A committed Europhile when it comes to wine, he has a cellar filled with obscure bottles from unsung corners of Italy and France. Passionate about all aspects of fine food and drink, his Twitter profile accurately describes him as a man "who uses breakfast as an opportunity to think abou lunch."
The wine dinner evening consists of drinks reception and canapés, 4 course gourmet dinner with wines to compliment each course, coffee and petits fours.
Huia Blanc de blancs 2006, Marlborough, New Zealand
Compression of slow cooked chicken with lemon thyme
served with char grilled brioche
De l’Hospitalet Viognier 2011, Languedoc Roussillon, France
Slow cooked belly of “Old spot” pork
with caramelised baby apples
Chilcas single vineyard Chardonnay 2009, Valle de Casablanca, Chile
Pepper crusted fillet of Casterbridge beef
with baby fondants, bone marrow, oyster mushrooms and a duo of peas and artichoke
Château l’Hospitalet rouge 2010, Coteaux du Languedoc, France
“Trio of desserts”
Lemon posset, vanilla panna cotta and raspberry ripple ice cream
Vogelmaier Moscato Giallo Yellow Muscat 2010, Trentino-Alto-Adige, Italy
Coffee and petit fours