Tassili Wine Dinner: A Tasting Experience
A six course dinner served with six perfectly matched wines and based around a different gourmet theme each month. Welcome to the exceptional Tassili Wine Dinner series.
Each of Tassili's monthly Wine Dinners presents a different
gourmet experience; themed wine or flavour discoveries, planned
closely by Tassili chef
Richard Allen and Grand
Jersey's wine authority and expert 'nose' Shaun Corrigan. 'We
discover the menu by a series of wine pairings and detailed
analysis of the senses, textures and flavour profiles of both wine
and food' explains Shaun Corrigan, who'll focus on the best new
finds from a different region or flavour each month. It's an
education - which comes accompanied by six exceptional wines and a
matched menu of contemporary cuisine.
A taste of the umami-themed menu created for Tassili's Wine Dinner
Themed around 'Umami', the fifth taste, our wine dinner began with canapés
profiling salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami tastes, served with
a 20 year-old Madeira, Terrantez, Henriques &
Henriques. Once we'd identified the savoury taste of umami,
and learned about its role in rounding out flavours, it was time to
experience six tasting courses, with wines chosen to bring the
umami taste to the fore. Scallops with yeast extract,
nashi (Asian) pear, smoked pork and miso were served with the
exceptional Grand Cru 'Vénus' 2005 from Agrapart. This
rich, deep and vivid champagne is made the old-fashioned way,
without dosage from a small old vine single vineyard, and named
after the horse that ploughs the vineyard.
Next, a buttery
crab risotto with a powerful kick of ocean at first bite. The
seashore flavours were tempered by the rose petal and lychee notes
in an elegant Gewurtztraminer, Navarro, Anderson Valley
2009. A powerful umami combination, cheese and truffle was
served with a complex cherry-rich Pinot Noir, Spätburgunder
'Recher Herrenberg' 2008, Jean Stodden, Ahr and followed up
with a rustic Italian-style canon of lamb teamed with a remarkable
new discovery, the outstanding Sardinian Cannonau 'Tenores'
2005, Alessandro Dettori made from 80 year-old vines. Then the
finale, a tasting of peanut, from peanut brittle to melting
icecream, finished with a flourish by a rare Vouvray '89,
Domaine du Clos Naudin, Philippe Foreau. Exquisite. Dunell's Premier Wines source
the wines for the dinners especially and while not available in
their shops they can be available to order on
Planned a year
in advance, Tassili's wine dinners offer access to a hand-picked
selection of exclusive and exceptional wines, paired with a menu
designed to bring out their character to the full. Wine lovers
shouldn't miss out.
Like the sound of this? Here's what's coming up at Grand Jersey:
The Modern Wines of Portugal, £95pp Fast becoming a destination
for serious wine lovers, discover Portugal's new wave of
27th February, California, £110pp With a region producing wines as diverse as the rest of the US put together, get an insider's view of this frontier state.
20th March, Guy Porter of Bellbird Spring, Waipara, £85pp A chance to meet one of New Zealand's leading winemakers
24th April, Beer, £85pp Fine dining matched with an amazing collection of artisan brewery's wares.
29th May, Spices, £90pp A menu based on local and international spices with a collection of unique wines
26th June, Champagne, £110pp Perrier-Jouet returns with a selection of outstanding sparklers.