I had a lovely bottle of Bordeaux at French restaurant Caveau in Liverpool the other night.
Château Cru Cantemerle, Bordeaux Supérieur 2012 was ruddy with redcurrants, pecked with pepper and tickled with a touch a tobacco.
It was a very moreish glass of something to sit alongside my plate of grilled lamb cutlets served with pea and mint croquettes.
For a school night this was a very special treat indeed. I couldn’t eat all of the lamb … but, well, it’s rude not to finish a bottle of Bordeaux. It had travelled from the south west of France, after all.
Anyway. Why am I here. It transpired that Caveau had just held a special Dine with Bordeaux food and wine pairing night in partnership with the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB).
It’s a chance for people across the country to sample wines from the world famous wine region of Bordeaux, while enjoying a delicious dinner. Caveau’s menu had included lobster ravioli, fillet of beef and pear and almond tart; all that and gorgeous wines too.
The Dine with Bordeaux programme is now in its sixth year and during that time over 550 dinners have been held, promoting around 1,500 Bordeaux wines. This year, in 2015, it’s expected that 100 dinners will run nationally attracting over 5,000 diners.
Douglas Morton, UK consultant for the CIVB, says: “Our aim is to encourage more people to enjoy the easy-drinking, everyday wines from the region.”
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