Tassili Wine Dinner: A Tasting Experience


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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.

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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 request.

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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:

30th January, The Modern Wines of Portugal, £95pp Fast becoming a destination for serious wine lovers, discover Portugal's new wave of winemakers.
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.

To book or for more information, contact Grand Jersey by calling 01534 722301 or email reservations@grandjersey.com

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