A Taste of Grampian

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.




5 thoughts on “A Taste of Grampian

  1. You go girl ! It sounded like you guys really had a great time! And am so glad to see that all participated in the wine tasting, even if you had to wait till you arrived home! I have a Shiraz in my stash waiting to be tasted. Now you got me in the mood. Looking forward to the pie recipe!

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