On Wednesday evening I attended the Liberty wines of London event at Asha’s Bollibar restaurant in Manchester. This was an evening of Malbec and Indian small plates hosted by Liberty wines of London.
The first course was Pumpkin soup with star anise, ginger, green chilli and caraway stilton cheese kofta. I’ve never tried pumpkin before so wasn’t too sure if I was going to like the taste but oh my it was good. I’ve never tried stilton before either (I’m not uncultured with food I promise!!) but this cheese kofta was amazing. I never doubted that I could eat 4 courses as for someone so small I can eat a lot, but this was a perfect sized starter, to begin with. The pumpkin soup came separately and then you poured it over the kofta. Very cool! With this starter, we had a 2016 ‘Finca Los Primos’ Malbec, Valentin Bianchi, Mendoza wine from Argentina. I’m not a big wine drinker if I’m honest and I’ve never tried a malbec before and I never drink wine with a meal…only to get drunk (classy). But this wine went really nicely with the food!
The next course was a venison samosa dish. An English country estate venison minced with green peas, raisins and spices wrapped in wafer-thin pastry. It was served with a beautiful chutney. I think it was a chutney anyway, the wine had started to go to my head by this point. Now we were given a menu with a list of the wines that we had accompanied with each meal. However, I got caught in the rain and the ink of my menu has run on the second and third dish so I can’t see what wine accompanied this meal! From looking at the liberty wines website, I think the wine that I had was the Kaiken Reserve. It was a lot sweeter than the first wine and as I have a sweet tooth this appealed too me a bit more.