Best of English Meet the Winemaker dinner: Brightwell Vineyard
Wednesday gone was the first in a series of seven Best of English Meet the Winemaker dinners that is being hosted by Artisan & Vine in conjunction with DrinkBritain.
The event had sold out weeks before and was a fantastic night enjoyed by all. Attendees savoured Brightwell’s Sparkling Chardonnay as an aperitif, followed by the delightfully off-dry Crispin, paired with golden beetroot and goats curd salad. Controversially, we then served the drier Oxford Flint white wine, which we felt would be a strong pairing with the squid, fregola and blood orange salad. The third course was my personal favourite, Suffolk salt marsh lamb with spiny artichoke and sorrel; an absolute treat with Brightwell’s Oxford Regatta. To round out the evening we served Brightwell’s dry yet fruity Oxford Rose with white chocolate fennel seed panacotta and poached rhubarb; incredible!
My thanks go out to Carol Nielsen, the winemaker from Brightwell Vineyards who we all had the pleasure of learning so much from on Wednesday night; the exceptional DrinkBritain and its energetic leader Susanna Forbes; as well as all those who came along to support local wine.
The next Best of English Meet the Winemaker dinner is with inspiring Sam Linter from Bolney Wine Estate on 23 March, though this event is also already sold out. I strongly advise buying your ticket for the following event, 20 April, with industry leader, Frazer Thompson, of Chapel Down Wine Estate, which is already starting to fill up. Click here for information and tickets for all of the upcoming Best of English Meet the Winemaker dinners.