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The Wine Restaurant - Week 2

The second week of the Edinburgh International festival saw the next instalment of our exciting pop-up venture, ‘The Wine Restaurant’.

The evening featured a brand new menu, designed by head chef Emmanuel Métivier and our Managing Director, Philippe Larue, that showcased some of our favourite wines from the current l’Art du Vin portfolio.

The starter was served with a glass of Fendant, ‘Les Deux Cimes’ (£17.90) from Switzerland, a particular favourite of ours due to the fact that the winemaker, Jamie McCulloch, is Scottish! Jamie has been working in the region of Valais since 2007 and his wines are a wonderful expression of the varied terroirs in the area. This Fendant is svelte, elegant and possesses subtle flavours combining flowers and orchard fruits, which came to the fore when paired with a dish of crab fillet and oyster tartare.

Our visiting French chefs were extremely excited at the prospect of being able to work with fresh produce from Scotland’s natural larder, particularly lobster. Their lobster dish, accompanied by tonka bean and fennel risotto, was served with a Zind, from Domaine Zind-Humbrecht in Alsace (£18.55). The clean acidity of the Zind, which also possesses a salty minerality on the palate, served as an ideal companion to Emmanuel’s lobster creation.

The Cuvee Nature, from Domaine Roche Audran in the Cotes du Rhone (£12.25) is a recent addition to our portfolio. Interestingly, the wine has had no sulphites added at any stage of the winemaking process – harvesting, vinification or bottling. However, due to the fact that these are naturally present in grapes, there are still 9mg of total sulphites (below the legal 10mg limit which requires the producer to state that the wine contains sulphites), an extremely insignificant level compared to those found in most wines. Without the added sulphites, the Cuvee Nature is a pure expression of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre which arrived at the table alongside a dish of pigeon fillet and grand veneur sauce.

At l’Art du Vin we always strive to search for wines from off the beaten track that excite our palate. One of our latest discoveries is a Mavrud, from Edoardo Mirogrilo in the Thracian Valley of Bulgaria (£21.75), a grape varietal that is believed to be a descendant of well-known Italian variety Nebbiolo. Emmanuel and Philippe elected to pair the Mavrud with the penultimate course of the evening, consisting of goats’ cheese served in a cone made from filo pastry.

To conclude the second week of ‘The Wine Restaurant’, we chose to serve one of our favourite wines of this year, a Rivesaltes Ambré, from another of our new producers, Domaine Lafage in the Roussillon region of France (£13.65). Their estate is of particular interest to us as they grow a wide range of grape varieties (16 in total). As a result, they produce an eclectic and varied range of wine styles, all of which maintain the true Lafage hallmarks of balance, elegance and intense fruit flavours. The Rivesaltes Ambré, a delightful fortified wine made with Grenache Gris and Maccabeu, certainly fulfils this brief. Subjected to oxidative ageing in oak barrels in a solera system similar to that used in the production of sherry, it is the perfect partner to nutty, light chocolate desserts, like the chocolate parfait that Emmanuel’s team served as an accompaniment.

We have thoroughly enjoyed the process behind running ‘The Wine Restaurant’ and we hope that we have been able to shed some light on the intricacies of food and wine matching. We hope to see you during our final week at l’Institut Francais.

Santé!

If you would like any further information regarding the wines tasted during the evening, please email lewis@aduv.co.uk or call 01383 873 510.

If you would like to receive more information regarding ‘The Wine Restaurant’ then please contact the French Institute on 0131 225 5366.
Twice a week from August 13th, enjoy an evening of discovery with a blind tasting menu offering five different wines accompanied by five courses. Every week the wines, therefore the food, change so you can expect many surprises throughout the festival.

The Wine Restaurant

The Wine Restaurant – Week #1

On Thursday the 13th of August, l’Art du Vin combined forces with French chef Emmanuel Métivier to host the opening night of our exciting Edinburgh Festival venture, ‘The Wine Restaurant’.

Held in the glorious upper gallery of the Institut Français d’Écosse with views over the Dean Gardens, the menu consisted of 5 wines from the l’Art du Vin portfolio, with each glass partnered by a dish created by Emmanuel and his team.

A swift aperitif of Chateau de Sours NV sparkling rosé (£15.10) was followed by the intriguing unfiltered Catarratto from Ciello in Sicily (£8.20), accompanied by an avocado, apple and squid mousse. The acidic nature of the wine, which is cloudy in appearance due to the fact that no fining takes place at any stage in the wine making process, married perfectly with the crisp acidity of the apple.

From Italy we moved to the region of Valdeorras in the northwest of Spain, home to winemaker Rafael Palacios. Philippe is a big fan of his Godello Louro (£18.45), which Emmanuel elected to partner with a dish containing fresh Scottish langoustines and a delectable cauliflower couscous.

As Philippe launched into another energetic description of his wine selection, Emmanuel’s filet mignon arrived at the table, plated with a Gascogne potato and hollandaise sauce. The pork dish had been chosen as the accompaniment to Bernhard Huber’s Pinot Noir Malterdinger (£22) from the Baden region of Germany. Winemaker Bernhard is celebrated as one of the country’s finest producers and he boasts an array of impressive accolades for his portfolio of wines, including the Gault & Milau, German Wine of the Year 2011. His elegant, complex Spätburgunder/Pinot Noir, which is very similar in style to a Chambolle Musigny, is exclusively available to l’Art du Vin in the UK and acted as the ideal companion to the meat course.

The next wine to grace our glasses came from the Ventoux region of France, a Terrasses Rouge from Chateau Pesquie (£11.25). The more delicate notes of this Grenache/Syrah blend were fully appreciated when paired with a Basque sheep’s cheese and pomegranate concoction that was served up by Emmanuel.

As the evening drew to a close, it came the time to taste something a little sweeter. The Petit Manseng Doux, Cuvee Comte Philippe de Nazelle, from Cabidos (£16.50) proved to be the perfect accompaniment to a selection of citrus fruit served with a blue jelly – a nod from Emanuel and his chefs to the colours of the saltire.

The night was an undoubted success and we hope that the two menus we have developed for the following fortnight are as equally well received.

If you would like any further information regarding the wines tasted during the evening, please email lewis@aduv.co.uk or call 01383 873 510.

If you would like to receive more information regarding ‘The Wine Restaurant’ then please contact the French Institute on 0131 225 5366.

Twice a week from August 13th, enjoy an evening of discovery with a blind tasting menu offering five different wines accompanied by five courses. Every week the wines, therefore the food, change so you can expect many surprises throughout the festival.

The Wine Restaurant

l’Art du Vin and the Institut français welcome you to The Wine Restaurant every Tuesday and Thursday evening of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the majestic gallery of the Institut, starting time is 19.30pm.

At The Wine Restaurant, the wine comes first and is carefully selected by Philippe Larue, of l’Art du Vin.

The food, delicious and intricate, is then imagined and created by our chef Emmanuel Métivier to accentuate the wines’ flavours.

Twice a week from August 13th, enjoy an evening of discovery with a blind tasting menu offering five different wines accompanied by five courses. Every week the wines, therefore the food, change so you can expect many surprises throughout the festival.

Combining the knowledge of a wine merchant and the savoir-faire of a talented chef, this series of soirées-dégustation will offer you an impressive experience of wine and food pairing and won’t leave you hungry for more...

Thursday 13, 20 & 27 - Tuesday 18 & 25 August 2015

Tickets: £35 PP (5 wines + 5 courses)

Advanced booking only.

Please do let us know of any special dietary requirement upon booking.

Info & booking: 0131 225 53 66 or accueil@ifecosse.org.uk

Little Beauty Wine Lunch - Boath House, Nairn

Little Beauty Wines

Boath House, Auldearn, Nairn, Scotland

Lunch from 12.00hrs

Saturday 4th July 2015

In association with l’Art du Vin and Fleur McCree from New Zealand’s Little Beauty Wines, the exquisite and Michelin-starred Boath House are offering an exclusive lunch this summer, matching fabulous wines with some of Scotland’s best cuisine.

With the ebullient Fleur introducing her wines before each course, guests will enjoy a sensory adventure in the elegant and newly refurbished dining room.

The day will begin at 12.00hrs with an aperitif and canapés in the award winning garden (weather permitting), followed by lunch at 13.00hrs

Aperitif & canapes

Limited Edition Dry Riesling 2011

Scallop, chive, radish

Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Duck, fig, beetroot

Black Edition Pinot Noir 2010

Ragstone goats cheese

Black Edition Pinot Gris 2010

Almond, ginger, raspberry

Limited Edition Gewurztraminer 2011

Cost | £75 per person which includes a 4 course lunch with wines, aperitif and canapés plus tea & coffee

For more information & to book (Boath House also offers sumptuous bedroom accommodation):

www.boath-house.com

Telephone 01667 454896

May Day bank holiday discount.

A little treat for the upcoming long weekend on offer all this week until 01/04/15. Any order over £75.00 gets a 10% discount, all you have to do is enter 'may15' at the end of the checkout.

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