Just back from a fantastic weekend in Aberdeenshire (my home turf). Spent the majority of my time in puppy heaven but took some time off my doggy climbing frame duties to go to a food festival – “A Taste Of Grampian”. It was mobbed! Wonderful to see so many people interested in finding out about and sampling local produce.
A large amount of time was spent in the wine tasting tent. As designated driver I was but a spectator to all the quaffing but I did ask the tasters (my dad, Genna and Keith) to select their favourite wine so that I could recommend it on this blog (inspired by Debs’ site).
The winner (chosen by Dad and Genna) was a 2005 Australian Shiraz (Seppelt – Moyston).I bought a bottle to have with dinner that night (Genna’s fantastic Lodge Pie – a kind of cottage-pie with venison mince and a potato/parsnip topping. Will blog recipe later in week.). The Shiraz is not a wine for the faint hearted. Dad thought it was almost port-like. I’d describe it as spicy-licious. 🙂
The below Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio came a close second. “Affa good” was Keith’s only comment and you don’t get much better than that in Aberdeenshire.
Other highlights included Isabella’s Preserves (especially the mint and apple sauce – beautiful) and the ever wonderful Really Garlicky Company. My only complaint was the lack of local growers. Aberdeenshire is extremely agricultural: where was all the local veg?
A slobbery greeting from Rufus was the perfect end our afternoon.