California Dreaming at Tate Britain
The ‘In Pursuit Of Balance’ movement (IPOB) consists of just over 30 wineries who focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the cool climate areas of California. As opposed to the blockbuster, oaky wines many people think of when talking about Californian wines, the wines of these producers focus on precise and mineral flavours as well as purity of fruit. These wines are in perfect balance without any dominant or added flavours (for example too much oak).
At about 8pm Hamish Anderson, the wine & drinks buyer of the Tate group called guests to take their seat in the Rex Whistler restaurant. An evening not only with delicious food and wine but also filled with philosophy. Each of the winemakers shared their ideas, views and experiences and also one or two other amusing stories they experienced from starting their wineries.
Below is the menu and the matching wines which were enjoyed:
2013 El Camino Chardonnay, Varner Wines, Santa Barbara
2013 Durell Chardonnay, Lutum, Sonoma Coast
Shetland scallops, roasted cauliflower and capers
2013 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir, Failla Wines, Sonoma Coast
2013 Manchester Ridge Pinot Noir, Red Car, Mendocino Ridge
Cornish duck, roasted shallots, turnips, port and prune jus
2013 White Hills Chardonnay, Liquid Farm, Santa Rita Hills
2013 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir, Chanin, Santa Maria Valley
Red Car (Carroll & Padé Kemp)
Varner wines (Bob & Diane Varner)
By Anja Breit