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EuroCave: A Passion for Wine

SEEN was delighted to attend a food and wine pairing at EuroCave recently. If you’ve never visited – do, it’s a treasure trove of state-of-the-art wine storage, a bewildering array of glassware, and accessories for the true oenophile, not far from Baker Street Tube.

SEEN was delighted to attend a food and wine pairing at EuroCave recently. If you’ve never visited – do, it’s a treasure trove of state-of-the-art wine storage, a bewildering array of glassware, and accessories for the true oenophile, not far from Baker Street Tube.

EuroCave - Food and Wine Pairing In-Store Event

Our hosts were Ben Austin, the General Manager of EuroCave UK and Liam Steevenson, Master of Wines at The Far Flung Wine Company. Ben and Liam are passionate about wine, and it was a pleasure to listen to them speak so eloquently on the subject. Liam talked us through six small glasses of wine – three white, three red, which were paired with canapés by neighbouring restaurant Galvin Bistrot de Luxe.

Ben Austin and Liam Steevenson.
Ben Austin and Liam Steevenson.

The first wine was a Rockferry Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2014. This was very light, the perfect summer drink, which we imbibed with Whipped Bosworth Ash Goat’s Cheese and Candied Walnut; again very light in flavour.

The next wine was a Greystone Pinot Gris, Waipara 2013, which had more complexity and was almost buttery. This was accompanied by an Éclair Filled With Duck Liver Parfait and Coco De Grue. The richness of the parfait was well-matched by the buttery white wine.

Next came my personal favourite: a One Off Chardonnay, Hawkes Bay 2014. This was truly delicious, buttery, fragrant and intense. Its complexity was offset by the Dressed Chicken Terrine with Pineapple Chutney.

Then we switched to reds. The first was Gladstone Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2013. Very smooth, and a good match for the Slow Cooked Lamb & Sweetbread Croquette.

Smoothness was the order of the day with the Amisfield Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2013. This had an almost velvety texture with an uplifting berry flavour. Perfect for Christmas. An impression fortified by the Herdwick Lamb Pastille & Cinnamon canapé that accompanied it.

Last, but by no means least, was a delicious satiny Te Awanga Syrah, Hawkes Bay 2014, which was dark and rich, the perfect pairing with 3 Year Aged Beaufort Chalet D’Alpage.

EuroCave at The Norman Hotel Tel Aviv

EuroCave in a home

EuroCave in Kitchen

Of all of them, I’d have to say the Chardonnay was my absolute favourite, but really all the wines were delicious in their own way. Liam was clever in starting us all off with the lightness of the Sauvignon Blanc and letting the subsequent wines grow in richness and complexity. I came away feeling that I had increased my knowledge, from swirling the wine in the glass and smelling it, to appreciating the nuances of each vintage. Neither Ben nor Liam demonstrated that stuffiness and snobbery that often accompanies wine-tasting. They were refreshingly down-to-earth and genuinely keen to proselytise on their passion. It was an education and a pleasure.

www.farflungwines.com
www.galvinrestaurants.com

EuroCave
57 Chiltern Street
London
W1U 6ND