Firstly congratulations to all who managed to get themselves a ticket for our sold-out inaugural Tasting Scotland ‘Food, Fun & Fizz’ event in conjunction with Cork and Bottle on Thursday 22nd November in Glasgow. Sorry to everyone else who had their sights set on the best value ticket in town, but who we couldn’t quite squeeze into the Tasting Room at The Good Spirits Co.
We described the event as being the first of what is sure to be a fabulously different wine & dine event. Friends, family or colleagues came together and enjoyed a perfectly executed blend of pop-up tapas restaurant, traditional wine tasting & some gourmet ‘look what’s on your doorstep’ education. We are delighted that the feedback has been resoundingly positive.
We can’t wait to release tickets for the next event! Join us and be amazed at how we can merge a celebration of Burn’s night with Valentine’s Day, on Wednesday 30th January.
We promised a run down on the suppliers from Thursday night’s event so here is the complete list.
The websites provide details on where to buy the products we tasted and others in their range. We hope you will give consideration to these producers when shopping or designing a menu for a special occasion. Farmers markets often give the most direct access to the producer.
Fizz: Syn Cuvée Blanc – McLaren Vale, Australia
The Smoked Salmon Taste Trail
Hot and cold cured salmon canapés
Artisan food producer: Rob Gower, Dunkeld Smoked Salmon*
Products tasted: Farmed Smoked Salmon, Gravadlax, Hot Smoked Salmon
Artisan food producer: The Scottish Handmade Oatcake Co.,
Products tasted: Perthshire Oatcakes Traditional (Cocktail)
Domäne Wachau Grüner Veltliner Federspiel – Austria
Raats Unoaked Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The Taste Test
Artisan food producer: Mark Bush, Summer Harvest**, Madderty, Perth
Products tasted: Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil, Raspberry / Apple & Walnut / Bramble & Juniper Dressings.
Artisan food producer: Tapa Bakehouse, Glasgow
Products tasted: Organic sourdough bread
The Rare & Native ‘Irn Bru’ Pig
Artisan food producer: Arlene & Thomson McKenzie, Nethergate Larder*, Stewarton
Products tasted: Tamworth Pork Belly
Their butcher shop No 1 Avenue Larder, Stewarton, Ayrshire.
Luis Cañas Barrel Fermented Rioja Blanco, Spain
Luis Cañas Rioja – 5 months barrel maturation, Spain
The Smoky Soup of Scotland
Artisan food producer: Sourced by Stuart Taylor, Pisces Fishmongers & Poulterers*, Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire
Products tasted: ‘Haddies’ (Smoked Haddock)
Their fish shop 193 Main Street, Rutherglen
Bodegas Argüeso San Leon Manzanilla, Spain
The Game Stew is on!
Venison, Chestnut, Bramble & Juniper Stew
Artisan food producer: Mark Gibson, Edenmill Farm*, Blanefield, Glasgow
Products tasted: Venison Shoulder
Mathilde – Cotes du Rhone, France
Little Miss Muffet’s Dairy Box
Artisan food producer: Ann Dorward, Dunlop Dairy*, Stewarton
Products tasted: Dunlop (Hard Cow’s Cheese), Bonnet (Hard Goat’s cheese)
Andrew Quady Starboard Batch 88, California
A wee bit of fudge
Artisan food producer: Joyce Brady, The Wee Fudge Company*, Glasgow
Products tasted: White Chocolate & Sicilian Lemon oil, Belgian milk chocolate & Valencian orange oil, Belgian milk chocolate, stem ginger and mixed spice
Familia Zuccardi Tardía Torrontes, Argentina
Artisan food producer: Eileen Wilkinson, Petrie Fine Foods, Fenwick, Ayrshire.
Products tasted Vegetable Haggis, Mediterranean Vegetable Loaf
Wines were supplied by the Cross Stobs Bottle Shop* with exception of the Manzanilla, which came from the Good Spirits Co*.
We’d like to thank the producers and suppliers who part sponsored* or fully sponsored** their relevant inclusion in ‘Food, Fun & Fizz’ – The Inaugural One.
We look forward to seeing you at the next one at the same place on Wednesday 30th January 2013.
Brenda & Pieter.