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Great Britain Wine Appreciation Dinner

London, September 10, 2012

A 'double Trinity' for wine enthusiasts

The Don Restaurant in the City of London was the venue for a fabulous wine dinner hosted by John Hancock, President and Founder of New Zealand’s Trinity Hill winery.

Ordre Mondial members were seduced by the wonderful wines from this most prestigious of Hawkes Bay vineyards. Trinity Hill is referred to as an iconic New Zealand winery because it consistently produces superb examples of traditional and innovative wines. Its small size enables it to concentrate on making exceptional wines, particularly ones that are ‘food friendly’.

The restaurant was closed to the public for the evening to be able to cater for the large group of members and guests. Everyone was welcomed by Robert Wilson, owner of the Don, who with his wife Robyn, are also owners of Trinity Hill.

The restaurant is housed in the building that for many years was the headquarters of Sandeman Sherries in the United Kingdom. It has a tunnel from the edge of the River Thames up which sherry barrels were rolled to complete the blending and bottling operations in the cellars.

General Manager Ludovic Bargibant, Maître Restaurateur, together with Executive Chef Matt Burns, created a superb menu to match the wines.

The evening kicked off with magnums of sparkling ‘H’ Blanc de blancs. The dinner commenced with our trying a range of Sauvignon Blancs. Two Chardonnays were served with the first course: a stunning croustade of roast langoustine and scallops with a truffle and asparagus cappuccino sauce. There followed ‘The Gimblett’ – a famous Bordeaux-style blend – with fillet of Yorkshire venison wrapped in a spinach and garlic purée with a juniper Jus. Gimblett Gravels Syrah accompanied the cheese and to conclude, a botrytised Viognier was a perfect partner for the dessert.

The proceedings were made lively by John’s wonderful humour. He pepped serious talk of the wines with stories of distilling wines and ciders in his dormitory at school. It was indeed a fun evening to remember!

Philip Evins
Bailli Délégué