i was lucky enough to be able to join the Howard’s folly Winemaker’s Dinner event, hosted by wine master DAVID Baverstock at VAGABON in Victoria … which was a 5 courses Portuguese tasting dinner, every dish being paired with a carefully selected portuguese wine…
it was an evening of tasty food and wines as well as leaning a bit about it as well .
our evening started with a glass of bubbly and a chat to get to know everyone a bit better , approximatively 10 people , then we were seated … David made a little speech about the different wines we were going to enjoy with the food .
we had 2 different white wines to start along with the first course oysters and lemon .
then things started to get real when the reds got in as i prefer red wines 😋, we enjoyed 3 different reds during the night , all from different years and i realised how much difference a year can do to the wine … the pairing with the dishes was flawless !
above, you can see the Braised Lamb Tongue , which was paired with the sonhador red from 2011 … the braised flavour was nicely highlighted by the light fruity body of the wine .
next was , the suckling pork belly , charred broccoli with the sanhador red from 2012 … this wine was just a year older than the previous one but the difference in taste was big with a fuller body and a sharp finish which was cutting it perfectly with a fattier piece of meat like pork belly 💯
now for the finally we had a selection of cheese , and a warm traditional pastel de nata , both paired with a sonhador reserva 2012 … this was the perfect way to finish a meal along with a very balanced red wine .
thanks to the vagabond team for this lovely portuguese tasting event , it was a highly enjoyable experience everything was tasty and the victoria restaurant has a great buzzing vibe i recommend everyone to check it out for a night out… and some small plates and cheese/ wines … they also have different restaurants around London so most likely have one close enough 😉
have a look on their website VAGABON WINES for the next tasting events if you would like to be a part of it next time…
Unit 77, Nova Building
77 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 0AJ