Last weekend saw us celebrating St Piran’s Day at the Budock Vean Hotel – the Helford’s famous “Hotel on the River”. On Friday night a five course gourmet dinner was served with accompanying wines and on these occasions we like to challenge the guests with at least a couple of wines which are a tad unusual. A very light Sentina Valpolicella kicked of with a juniper infused smoked venison starter followed by a minerally, clean cut St Veran from the Caves de Vinzelles with some meaty gurnard. The main event was definitely the Rioja Crianza 2005 from Urgoiti with beef fillet – a perfectly balanced, mellow but powerfully classic Rioja. Dessert was chocolate so it had to be the deeply gloopy Triana Pedro Jimenez – always a wine that polarises opinion and the cheese was well served by a glass of Dao, Barao de Nelas.
Bob and Annie Lindo iconic founders of Camel Valley vineyards were the guest speakers on Saturday and of course the dinner featured mainly the wines of North Cornwall’s famous vineyard including the last few bottles of the award winning 2009 Bacchus.
The 2010 Bacchus and Atlantic Dry will be released this week.