One of the reasons we started the Domaine of the Bee Wine Club was to give us more excuses to crack open bottles of wine, and to share them with lovely people.
And for the second year, we have encouraged our members to have a fossick in their wine rack, and to pull out a bottle of something they wanted to share with us.
Last night, we gathered in the upstairs room at Sonny’s Kitchen in Barnes, where we had negiotated a ‘zero corkage’ deal in return for filling the room for the evening. This meant that we had three fabulous courses for a mere £45 a head.
And what a great list of wines we enjoyed. Here is a list of what we drank, along with an approximate current retail price (where available)
Hart of Gold 2010, Herefordshire, England – n/a, but would be around £35 a bottle
Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2016, Western Australia – around £20 a bottle
Kumeu River ‘Hunting Hill’ Chardonnay 2015, New Zealand – around £30 per bottle
Taronja de Gris 2017, Roussillon, France – £30 – http://www.domaineofthebee.com
‘Our Fathers’ Shiraz 2014, Barossa, Australia – approx £25
Domaine of the Bee ‘Les Genoux’ 2011 – £45 a bottle – only a few bottles left
Rustenberg ‘Peter Barlow’ 2015, Stellenbosch, SA – around £40 per bottle
Quinta Vale D.Maria 2008, Porto, Portugal – around £40 per bottle
Cote Rotie 2009, M+S Ogier, Rhone, France – around £40 per bottle
Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2000 Vieux Telegraph – around £40 per bottle
Chateauneuf-du-Pape ‘Deux Freres’ 2005, Usseglio – around £90 a bottle
Chateau Suduiraut 2001, Sauternes – around £70 a bottle
Everyone who brought a bottle was asked to say a few words about why they liked it, and then pass it around the table.
All of these wines were made with love and care, by interesting people, with interesting stories to tell, and it is such a pleasure for a winemaker to see that their bottles are tasted with attention, discussed and dissected, and then slurped with abandon.
We’ll certainly do it again next year, and maybe will introduce another such session in the summer too – please come along to the next one, and if you are not yet a Wine Club member, it’s not too late to join!