We had an excellent night at the Cedar Tree Australian wine tasting hosted by Winos of Oldham last night. The lineup included some brilliant Australian wines, all from small producers who care about the wine they sell. The food was excellent and at just £20 for 3 courses and 5 glasses of wine it was quite a bargain. The sparkling wine served to kick off the evening was exceptional. This was followed by a glass of Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and a jazzed up prawn cocktail with smoked salmon to start. A glass of Rosé filled to the brim with strawberries then paved the way for an exquisitely presented main course of chicken breast with kangaroo chorizo sauce paired with a bold yet fruity Cabernet Merlot. At this point we were already discussing our next trip to the Cedar Tree for a meal and our next trip to Winos to stock up on some good 'ol non-major-brand fine wines! Next came 3 cheeses with grapes, celery and a scrumptious onion chutney. The smoked goats cheese was heavenly and I'm now on a quest to fill all my jam jars with an onion chutney as good as theirs. What better to wash the cheese down than a classic Australian Shiraz - need I say more? Throughout this thoroughly enjoyable night Bob the Aussie wine buff blessed us with his enlightening, though at times biased, Aussie wine knowledge. After drawing to an end we enjoyed a white and dark chocolate cheesecake and some locally produced Terry's chocolate orange ice cream accompanied by liquor spiked hot chocolate and good coffee. Just when such a night couldn't seem to get any better, we finished the night with a glass of good port - mmm!
So, next time you're out to buy some wine, say no to poor value and mass produced supermarket wines and go for a unique bottle of wine from a smaller producer. Oh, and don't forget to stock up on cheese, port and your favourite homemade preserves.