A Corner of France in the City – La Petite Provence:
Having recently returned from a short trip to Provence, I was intrigued by an invitation to ‘La Petite Provence’. No less because this pop-up involved a sensory wine tasting experience.
I know perfectly well that our perception is very much influenced by the appearance of what we eat and drink. Would I be able to tell a red wine from a white – or from a rose? I went along to the Folly to find out more.
It probably wasn’t wise to start by drinking a glass or two of wine (without a blindfold). But, in the pretty shabby chic corner of The Folly that has become La Petite Provence, it somehow it seemed entirely appropriate.
A little black olive tapenade, saucisson and French cheese were perfect nibbles, though I stuck to drinking the Rose and Red wines at this stage. La Balade Rose Domaine Montrose was a nice, light rose with citrus and spice notes. A blend of grenache, rolle and syrah it is fresh and easy on the palate. It’s on sale as part of the Petite Provence pop-up at £7.00 for a 175ml glass. The Chateau Unang La Source Red is a syrah and grenache blend, a mouthful of cherries and blackberries with peppery tobacco notes which paired really well with the cheese.
Then we got down to the business of the blind tasting. The idea was to taste the wine, then smell some of the essential essences which are meant to be present in the form of oils, then re-taste the wines. All blindfolded. An interested experiment, I found that just tasting the wine blindfolded helped me concentrate on the flavour. And, once the notes were reinforced with the essential oils it was very easy to suddenly feel like a wine expert with a heightened ‘nose’.
The pop-up runs until the end of August and there are a number of different options if you’d like to explore the wines on the menu. The Sensory wine tasting is £18.95 per person (or £22.95 with food).
The Sensory wine tasting is £18.95 per person (or £22.95 with food). It’s a fun way to explore your sense of taste and learn more about how to taste wine.
There’s a rose flight if you want to experience four different, yet typical, roses from Provence. It’s £9.95 per person with wine served in 75mm measures.
Or, if you like wine and food pairings there are three on offer, each priced at £9.95 for a 175mm glass of wine and the appropriate food (tapenade, saucisson or cheese).
There’s also one last complimentary wine tasting event on 5th July, with Domaine Montrose.
For more information or to book any one of the experiences
41 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 0BT
T: 0845 468 0102