Welcome back No.10 friends! This is a particularly exciting update to the Foodies blog as it has been a busy few weeks at No.10!
In March I was lucky enough to be invited to a very interesting wine dinner in Edinburgh by Pol Roger Champagne, which was held at the delightfully quaint Calistoga restaurant. This unassuming, Californian style, eatery laid on a delightful meal while regular customers and members of the drinks trade were guided through a few of the stand out wines produced by Robert Sinskey Vineyards. This is a second generation, family owned vineyard and winery which practices organic and bio dynamic agriculture within the Napa Valley. As a wine lover, it is always great to taste new wines from around the world & provides food for thought for our own wine list.
To take a slight detour from discussing wine, the following day, a few members of the No.10 team joined me in the Capital to attend the 2017 Scottish Thistle Awards National Final, where we proudly picked up the award for ‘Best Informal Eating Experience’ in Scotland. It is at this point I would like to thank all our visitors over the last 18 months. Without this support we could never have achieved the success to date and this award is true honour for the whole team.
Back on to wine – last week we held our ‘Big gutsy reds & juicy meats’ Foodies Club, which, as always, was hosted by Gordon Davidson from Corney & Barrow wine merchants. However, this time we joined forces with a local business and producer, The Store in Foveran who supplied the succulent meats for the evening. Farmer Andrew Booth and Gordon proved to be a fantastic double act sharing their passions for food and drink, along with some funny tales.
Our team of chefs created a stunning four course dinner centred around the various cuts of meat including prime fillet steak, ox tail and braised beef which Gordon paired with a personal choice of bold red wines.
Gordon has written his own notes on the tasting entitled “A Few Notes from the Somm” which we will post independently of this and will provide further information on the wines on offer which can all be purchased by visiting www.corneyandbarrow.com. For those of you who would like further information on The Store then head over to www.thestorecompany.co.uk where you can shop online from their catalogue of produce and even try out some of their own recipes.
Our next foodie event is set to be just as exciting with our focus switching to white wine and shellfish. Gordon’s enthusiasm is evident as in his own words he says “I can envisage it now …Picpoul v Muscadet, Albarino v Rioja Blanco, Chablis v Sancerre, Oz Sem/Sauv v Kiwi SB & Oz Riesling v German Riesling.” The event will be held at 7.00pm in our Boardroom on Monday the 24th of April. Look out on our Facebook and Instagram for booking information.
Now last but not least…we are excited to let you know that we are updating the wine list. That’s right. After 18 months of running with what was an exceptional opening wine list we have decided it’s time for a slight change.
Don’t worry, many of our most popular wines such as the Rosario Sauvignon Blanc and Ruca Malen Malbec have earned their right to stay but we have decided to introduce a couple of new bottles to our shelves, including a lesser-known Carignan from the Languedoc region which is outstanding and comes highly recommended by all the staff here.
I am also proud to announce that we are now stocking Pol Roger Champagne including Pol Roger White Foil and, what I consider to be the best Champagne I have ever come across, Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Cuvee 2004. Pol Roger is a member of the Grand Marque (a small collection of the best Champagne houses) and are very selective of who they let sell their product, so much so they even declined the request of Beyoncé and Jay Z to use it at a party as they did not want their brand to be associated with the celebrity power couple. It is a real honour for No.10 to be able to stock such an exclusive Champagne.
We are very excited by this revamped wine list and look forward to the feedback from our valued guests.
Hope to see you soon.