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Dine With Bordeaux

To help promote Bordeaux wines throughout the UK the CIVB have been offering £250 to wine merchants to help people become more aware of Bordeaux wines via a Dine With Bordeaux experience. We decided to take them up on their offer. The twist on our Dine With Bordeaux was an evening themed on the hit British sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo! with yours truly introducing the wines and explaining all about them as the local café proprietor ‘René‘!

Our dinner was held at The Duke of York in Berrow, Worcestershire where the entrepreneurial landlord Myles Ball helped mastermind the dinner. The event was very successful with many favourable comments about the wines:

I never thought a white wine would go so well with cheese. They went so well together!”

I am not a red wine drinker and this must be the first red wine I have drunk in 4 years but it’s delicious! I enjoyed my Beouf Bourguignon even more for it.”

I know I love sweet wine but I had no idea that it takes a whole vine to make one glass – now I know why it costs a little extra!”

It was a fun night where everybody had a jolly good time and people got a real appreciation of why Bordeaux wines are so good! Many of the people who attended were astonished how the right selection of Bordeaux wine when paired with the right food made such a difference.

Dine With Bordeaux ‘Allo ‘Allo! Menu
Moules Mariniere
Chateau Vrai Caillou ‘Les Vignes de la Garenne’ 2010
70% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Semillon and 10% Muscadelle.
From Soussac in the Entre Deux Mers, owned by the same family since 1863

Boeuf Bourguignon
Chateau de Hartes 2009
25% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Cabernet Franc.
From Targon, south east of the city of Bordeaux, owned by the same family since 1928.

  Selection of French Cheeses
Chateau Ballan Larquette 2011
50% Semillon and 50% Sauvignon Blanc.
Produced by Regis Chaigne from his vineyards in Cantois and St Laurent du Bois.

Tarte au CitronChateau Sainte Helene 2004
Semillion, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.
The Second Wine of the Second Growth (2
ème Cru) Chateau de Malle, owned by the Comtes de Bournazel who have 400 years of wine making experience.

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2 Responses to Dine With Bordeaux

  1. Peter F May says:

    Am I the only one amazed that Boeuf Bourguignon was chosen as the main course in a ‘Dine with Bordeaux’ meal intended to promote wines from Bordeaux?

    Its not as if Bordeaux doesn’t have a cuisine of its own, what about beef in a Bordelaise sauce? Or even cooking the stew in Bordeaux and calling it Boeuf Bordelaise…

    I wonder what wine they did cook the Boeuf Bourguignon in??

    But I suppose – considering the other theme – you could have had knockwurst and wet celery.

    Love the hat, Rene!

    • Nick says:

      Cheers Peter, glad you like the hat! It was a great evening. As for the menu, the evening was about the origins of the wine, not the food! We could have gone with Bordeaux wines and any menu but as the theme was ‘Allo ‘Allo! we chose a French one. Love the idea about Knockwurst and wet celery ;-)

      Nick