Ladies that lunch, Rachel and Laura, Managers of Stow-on-the-Wold and Stoubridge respectively, share thier delightful food and wine pairings…
After working the Bank Holiday weekend I needed an excuse to enjoy my time off, so what better way than going for a Michelin starred lunch! Laura (Lovely Manageress of Stourbridge) and I bravely fought the Bullring in Birmingham for a little bit of shopping, followed by a long lunch at Purnells Michelin Starred restaurant in the heart of Birmingham’s Business District.
It was a little bit lavish on my part (seeing as the day before £500 had been taken from my account for Olympic tickets!), but we went all out, matching our three course lunch with three lovely wines!
For the first course I had a ‘trio of beetroot’ with goats cheese foam and Laura had Roasted Quail with mixed leaves. Instead of trying to match a wine with these two very different dishes we decided to have a glass of Champagne instead. If I were choosing something from our range to match the beetroot I would go for a glass of Sancerre (Chteau de Sancerre is my favourite) – great with the cheese and really refreshing against the beetroot jelly. For Laura’s quail I would choose either a richer white such as Winemakers Lot Chardonnay or a light red, perhaps from Italy, like our Sassaiolo Rosso Piceno.
For our main course we both chose the same dish – Pigs Cheeks with apple puree, apple crisps and a selection of vegetables. The cheeks were rich and absolutely delicious, and we had a glass of New Zealand Pinot Noir from 2008 to pair with them. It stood up really well against them, as the cherry notes went well with the apples and cut through the richness, but the smoky, earthy flavours gave the wine enough complexity to cope admirably. This week is our New Zealand Tasting week, so we have plenty of Kiwi Pinot’s open at the moment – the Quartz Reef, Coney Pizzicato and Jackson Estate Vintage Widow currently open here.
For dessert we both had White Chocolate Truffle with Creme Fraiche and Raspberries. We wanted to try two different dessert wines so we called the Sommelier over for some advice. Laura went with a Passito from Italy, and I had a Beerenauslese – both delicious and quite fruity which helped balance out the richness and creaminess of the white chocolate, also combining well with the fresh raspberries. The Dr Loosen Riesling Beerenauslese quarter bottle would be my Majestic choice, or for something a little lighter than The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc half bottle.
So, its back to reality from now on with no more Michelin lunches……well, maybe I’ll have to visit The Kitchen when I’m up in Edinburgh next week…….