The Humble Grape, Fleet Street:
What better way to start the evening that with a glass of something fizzy. I’d gone along to the Humble Grape for a little wine tasting, what they call vinotyping and some food. The evening started with a delicious pink sparkling wine, made prosecco style. Ghisolana La Divina Rosato Spumante extra Dry – which apparently can’t be called a prosecco because it comes from the Veneto. Well, in this case, a rose by any other name tastes just as ‘sweet’.
We went on to eat a lot of what I’d describe as modern tapas dishes before we got round to the vinotyping (more about that later).
Delicious, light sea bass croquetas with a wasabi dip
Brie and marmalade reduction tartlets
King prawn tempura
Amazing Spanish chistorra sausage skewers
A meat platter with some very delicious fennel salami, parma ham and more
Salmon tartar with guacamole and lime
And a beautifully cooked sea bass fillet with Dauphinoise and cherry tomatoes.
Somehow despite the fact that it was very hot outside, we managed to eat a LOT. Perhaps it was all helped along by the generous quantities of wine which were on hand?
Along with the food we drank four wines to showcase four very different styles. The first, Ungeheuer Riesling had some of the aromatics you’d expect from a Reisling but was considerably more intense. The second, Dutton Goldfield, Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2013 from California was a classic Russian River Valley Chardonnay. The third, my favourite, the Domaine Garnier & Fils Bourgogne Pinto Noir, was a wonderfully fruity spicy red. Last but not least, the Hacienda de Susar 2007 was an experimental Rioja which blends the traditional Spanish Tempranillo with Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Delicious. But then…as I turned out to be wine tolerant I would say that;)
The main focus of the evening was to discover our ‘wine profile’. The Humble Grape have a little quiz which should identify the types of wines you like.
I’m not totally convinced. I hate loud music, I like the thermostat right up and I don’t generally like oaky wines. But, perhaps I just answered the questions too quickly or didn’t want to look too picky? If you want to try for yourself you’ll find the questionnaire on their site.
What I am sure of though, is that the Humble Grape offers a great night out where you can eat well and experience some new wines. There’s one just off Fleet Street and another in Battersea. And, I’m sure I’ll be back.
1 St Bride’s Passage London EC4Y 8EJ