California Dreaming at Tate Britain

Published: 29-03-2016


To get everyone into ‘Califonia mode’ we started this mild, Tuesday evening at 6:30pm with a wine tasting! On show were three to four different wines from each of the attending wineries and guests had the opportunity to get information directly from the producers at each table.

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:

1st Course

2013 El Camino Chardonnay, Varner Wines, Santa Barbara

2013 Durell Chardonnay, Lutum, Sonoma Coast

Shetland scallops, roasted cauliflower and capers

Main course

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

Cheese course

2013 White Hills Chardonnay, Liquid Farm, Santa Rita Hills

2013 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir, Chanin, Santa Maria Valley

Following wineries were represented:

Chanin Wine Co & Lutum (both represented by Gavin Chanin)

Failla Wines (Ehren Jordan & Matt Naumann)

Liquid Farm 
(Jeff Nelson & James Sparks) 

Red Car (Carroll & Padé Kemp)

Varner wines (Bob & Diane Varner)

By Anja Breit

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