On Wednesday last week we climbed the thousand steps up to the top of the clock tower. We played host to a hand selected group of journalists and bloggers to introduce them to the Perfect Cellar family and what we're all about.
I lied. We actually took the lift.
I'm going to say we chose Kings Cross St Pancras Clock Tower due to the transport links.. but really we wanted to throw a night to remember and treat our guests to some outstanding sights.
The aim of the night was to show our guests how we communicate about our wine. As Brett from Wine Maestro coined 'a visual scratch and sniff'. Each of the four wines we showcased belonged to a specific category of wine: sparkling, dry white, full bodied red and dessert. Our business is in taking the mystery out of wine, we want people to be confident in their choice. So for each wine we displayed the flavours they would experience,be it fruit, spice, oak, biscuit or texture.
The night began as it should, with a glass of Champagne. We introduced Tendil & Lombardi's Rose Champagne with a Great Gatsby styled tower of coup glasses, draped in pomegranate, pink grapefruit, rose petals, lemon and topped off with an ice cloud from my experiments with dry ice!
Everyone was intrigued by the visual cues and I'm happy to say the ice cloud went down a storm! We're even more delighted to announce Tendil & Lombardi's Cuvee Brut has recently been named in the top 10 Champagnes by the Independent! Canapes of Goat cheese with mixed herbs and beetroot crisp & Cured salmon with pomegranate salsa and rocket cress we're served.
Moving onto Decelle Villa's Bourgogne Blanc to illustrate our dry white category, and a great everyday wine for the home. We dressed this with a tower of milk biscuits, white grapefruit, lemon, ripe apple, melon and a touch of basil.
Our white Burgundy was served with Dover sole with chives beurre blanc & a selection of mini vegetable pizzas.
Next, we moved onto a hearty new addition to our range with Victorino do Toro. We were lucky enough to have the owner of the estate, Miguel attend the event and explain the wine to our guests. 3 large tree trunks were dressed with lavender, blueberries, strawberries, black liquorice, whole peppercorns and vanilla essence candles to explain the complexity of this Spanish beauty.
We served corn fed chicken supreme stuffed with creamy wild mushroom sauce and tarragon & marinated duck wrapped with sesame seed, thick soya and coriander cress to accompany this full-bodied, yet fragrant wine.
Finally, to finish off the evening we treated the room to the deliciously sweet Maury Vintage from Mas Amiel. Packed full of dried prunes, raisins, figs and dark chocolate - for me this was a beauty to behold. We used velvet to highlight the silky texture of the wine. Safe to say most of this installation was eaten by the end!
Decadent desserts were served with this decadent wine: La Belle Assiette treated us to rich chocolate tart & chocolate truffles to finish!
Thank you to everyone who attended. A special thanks to La Belle Assiette for the incredible food they created to accompany the wines. And to the following guests for their impressions of the event from Brett, Wine Maestro, Amy Laughinghouse and Jack Oughton for his beautiful photography.
We look forward to seeing you all again!