Wine-mare on Tooley Street….

Friday, October 16th, 2009

halloween1We’re still a couple of weeks away from Halloween but as I’ll be at a wedding (surprise surprise) on the ghostly night of the 31st Clarky kindly extended her invite to The London Dungeon’s Scare Witch Trials last night to me and Mrs H so I didn’t miss out. The promise of wine and canapes had me intrigued from the start; what spooky wine would the organisers choose to serve to their guests?

I dutifully arrived on time with my thirst at the ready and we were bustled into the ‘Horrifying Halloween Forest’ and subsequently the pitch black – I hadn’t prepared myself for a blind tasting!

“Red or white madam” came a voice from the corner
“What is it?”
“Merlot or Sauvignon Blanc”
“Yes but from where and by who?” a bit harsh maybe…
“ohhh….”
Cue closer inspection of the bottle, held up to the hint of light the waiters had been allocated
“Chile I think, yes, Chile.”

San Rafael Sauvignon Blanc 2008 from the Central Valley, it was bone dry and a bit fruity, it did it’s job and gave us the dutch courage we needed to get us through our surprisingly scary tour of the dungeons! It was amazing to see how much thought and creativity had gone into the Scare Witch Trail tour but such shame it hadn’t been extended to the choice of wine. I shouldn’t be so harsh, perhaps it was known to go well with pumpkins. Probably not.

Don’t get me wrong Chile is producing some lovely wines but the entry level stuff can be terribly beige. Famously described as the Volvo of the wine world Chilean wine would never have been my choice for such a decadent evening. Hmmm, what would I have served? Certainly not champagne or any bubbles for that matter, we met the likes of Jack the Ripper and Sweeny Todd on our way round so bubbles wouldn’t be appropriate. Based on the barnyard smells lingering around the dungeons I think I’d go for something rustic and French. Yes, probably something from the South of France. No offence.

The London Dungeon Scare Witch Trials are open from 17th – 31st October http://www.thedungeons.com/ wine not included. Visit if you dare…….!

Anyway with my Halloween out of the way I guess it’ll be Bonfire night before we know it, gluvine and mulled wine all round. Love it or hate it it’s a great way to clear your wine rack of the dusty reds that you’ve never been desperate enough to drink. It’s like the spring clean that you never got round to and the perfect way to make space for all those lovely wines you’re going to stock up on for Christmas, now we’re talking 🙂

PS: update from the penultimate wedding of 2009: I was grinning as hard as the Happy Couple when I arrived in Halifax last weekend to find I was on the top table (Mr Bouquet was Best Man) and they were serving Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV, now that’s worth anyone travelling to Halifax for! And the mignons on the other tables weren’t bad off either, they got Cava Castillo Perelada Reserva. Tres bien. So nice to see a couple with good taste 😉

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