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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Ibérica Glasgow and Terras Gauda Wine Paring Dinner

To continue showcasing the wide diversity of Spain’s wine scene, Ibérica Glasgow bring you new additions to their wine list by Terras Gaudas Winery.

Join Iago Becerra from Terras Gaudas Winery who will walk all dinner guests through the different wines each paired with Ibérica’s dishes.

When - Tuesday 26th of September at 6.30pm

Where - Ibérica Glasgow, St Vincent Street, Glasgow

Cost - £50 per person

Purchase here: https://pairing-dinner-with-terras-gauda_ibericaglasgow.eventbrite.co.uk

All dishes will come to share as per Ibérica’s style and served with 100 ml glass per person of each wine.

Terras Gauda O Rosal. Albariño

paired with Manzanilla Olives and Jamón Ibérico Juan Pedro Domecq

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La Mar. Caíño blanco and Albariño

paired with Octopus a la Gallega and Green Asparagus with Manchego and Truffle Oil Toast

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Petit Pittacum. Mencía and Godello

paired with Croquetas de Jamón

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Sardón. Tempranillo, Malbec, Garnacha

paired with Twice Cooked Lamb

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Val de la Loba. Mencía

paired with Pitu Chicken Rice, Grilled Pork Secreto and Skinny Chips

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Sherry Néctar. Pedro Ximénez

paired with Spanish Rice Pudding

Note tickets are for a shared table hosted by Terras Gaudas Winery.

 

 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Divino Enoteca Launches Edinburgh's First Italian Afternoon Tea

Award-winning Italian restaurant Divino Enoteca is the first restaurant in Edinburgh to launch a traditional Italian Afternoon Tea.

The Afternoon Tea for two features beautifully hand-crafted sweet and savoury Italian treats presented on an elegant three-tier cake stand. Exquisitely presented, the top tier features the classics - tiramisu and fruit panettone served with chocolate sauce. The middle tier features delicate cannoli pastries filled with rich pistachio mousse and figs glazed with pistachio cream, while the bottom tier features savoury dishes including bruschetta, focaccia with ricotta cheese and fried capers, and gnocco fritto filled with smoked swordfish, pickled beetroot and samphire.

From Monday 11th September, the Afternoon Tea is available Monday to Saturday from 3pm to 5pm and is served with a selection of teas and coffees for £30, or with tea or coffee and a glass of Italian Prosecco for £40.

Divino Enoteca, part of the Vittoria Group, focuses on fresh, seasonal Italian cuisine, using carefully selected local produce to ensure each dish is packed with genuine Italian flavours. The intimate restaurant and wine bar, located on Edinburgh’s Merchant Street, has been awarded 12 industry accolades since opening in 2010. Awards include ‘Best Italian in Scotland’ in The Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards 2016.

Mattia Palumbo, general manager at Divino Enoteca, said: “At Divino we are well known for our authentic Italian cuisine, fine wines and intimate, sophisticated setting. We want to offer our customers something a bit different, bringing a unique Italian indulgence you won’t find anywhere else. We have combined the traditional Italian ‘Aperitivo’ course consisting of small pre-dinner bites, with our take on the classic Afternoon Tea. It’s the perfect Italian treat for any occasion from meeting friends to family celebrations!”

Divino Enoteca’s Italian Afternoon Tea is freshly made in-house daily and must be booked in advance at: www.vittoriagroup.co.uk/divinoenoteca/ or phone 0131 225 1770.

 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Perfect your favourite seasonal drink at home with Tipplesworth Bramble Cocktail Mixer

The nights are getting longer and the temperatures are dropping so it’s time to embrace the Autumn chill – what better way to do this than to whip up an Autumnal cocktail at home. Tipplesworth has recently launched 3 premium cocktail mixers that make it easy for anyone to mix up a delicious, fuss-free cocktail at home.

If you want to make the most of the seasonal flavours, why not enjoy their Bramble Cocktail Mixer with your favourite gin. To make a Bramble, simply pour mixer with gin over ice, stir and serve. This is a handcrafted and all-natural non-alcoholic mixer which can be purchased separately or as part of a package of 3, Raspberry Mojito and Expresso Martini being the additional mixers.

The three cocktail mixers are packaged in 500 ml glass bottles and when mixed with spirits make 5 or more tasty servings.

Individual bottles RRP: £4.99 - £6.99 and stockists include Selfridges, Ocado and Liberty

3-pack RRP: £15.99 and stockists include Lakeland, Selfridges, Liberty

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Glasgow Distillery Sips National Success at The Scottish Gin Awards

Glasgow Distillery Company wins two golds at the first ever Scottish Gin Awards at a glitzy award ceremony in the Hilton Double-Tree last night.

Over 100 Scottish gins were entered in the inaugural awards with MAKAR Old Tom winning gold in the best specialty gin category and MAKAR Oak Aged coming out top in best cask aged gin.

Celebrating the artisan and quality small batch gin production across Scotland, over 100 of country's best gins and over 75 gin brands were quaffed in a strict blind tasting from a panel of 12 of the industry’s finest including spirit enthusiast Blair Bowman and Dr Annie Hill, programme director of distilling at Heriot Watt university.

The distillery, which was shortlisted in four out of the 15 categories including London Dry Gin of the Year, Cask Gin of The Year, Speciality Gin of The Year and Scottish Distillery Of The Year, had five finalist nominations – one for each of their portfolio.

Sponsored by the Scottish Gin Society, the new national competition recognised 31 producers and 51 gins in their first ever awards.
Co-founder and CEO of Glasgow Distillery, Liam Hughes, said:
“To receive two golds at the first ever Scottish Gin Awards is a really special achievement for Glasgow Distillery. Our team is committed to producing premium quality spirits and this recognition from such an esteemed panel judging 75 Scottish gin brands is simply fantastic.
“Scotland is known across the world for producing premium quality spirits and these awards recognise how strong and buoyant the Scottish gin market really is.
"It’s been a pleasure to be part of the celebrations and massive congratulations to all the worthy winners and a special mention to the Scottish Gin Society for driving forward Scottish gin on a global scale.”

 

Oktoberfest Meets Scotland

Oktoberfest Meets Scotland – Brewdog Brunch

The event will take place in the Mal Bar from 12-4pm on Saturday 7th October, and is a celebration of Scottish cuisine with a Bavarian twist. Nibbles, Punk IPA and Kingpin on arrival, a talk from the Brewdog Ambassador followed by 3 Scottish/German fusion taster dishes each with a Brewdog beer pairing.

Resident DJ Illyus will provide the soundtrack to a fun but relaxed afternoon in Mal Bar, a contemporary basement setting with electric atmosphere and colourful interior set against a floor to ceiling keg wall.

Prize draws from the hotel and supplier included in ticket price of £29 per person.

To book – contact 0141 572 1020, visit the Malmaison website or email events.glasgow@malmaison.com

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oktoberfest-meets-scotland-a-brewdog-brunch-tickets-37941500048

 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

60 Second Craft Beer Review - La Bianca by LABI Beer

In the lead up to my holiday and in the quest to perfect my beach body, I haven't been drinking craft beers as much as I have in the past. However on a recent visit to Eusebi Deli in Glasgows West End, I came home with a bottle of La Bianca by LABI, a craft brewer from Vicenza in Northern Italy. If money was no object I'd have come home with much more than just a solitary bottle of beer - Eusebi Deli has a stunning collection of top quality imported meats, cheeses, wines and beer plus an endless supply of freshly baked cakes and bread.
LABI Brewery is actually the result of a business bet between three friends with a passion for high quality beer but don't think that this is a bit of fun - the team at LABI pay huge attention to the selection of ingredients resulting in a range of beers to suit everyone.
La Bianca by Labi Craft Beer (4.5% ABV)
  • Available at Eusebi Deli for £3.50
  • Pours with a thin compact head that hangs around until the end
  • Pale straw colour, the beer is unpasteurised and unfiltered resulting in a hazy appearance
  • Citrus notes on the nose with hints of clove and coriander, cardamom and orange peel
  • Mild carbonation making it easy to drink
  • Initially slightly acidic, the citrus flavours make La Bianca very easy to drink. A refreshing brew that works great on its own but work well with white meat or fish dishes
The branding of LABI is classy with each style of beer identified by a simple change of colour on the bottle. I started with La Bianca as I thought that this white beer would be a good introduction to the range and after making short work of my 330ml bottle, I can't wait to try the rest starting with La Ambrata (an Italian India Pale Ale) next on my radar.
LA
ARTIGIANALE
BIRRA
ITALIANA
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Friday, 15 September 2017

A Dram Good Event at One Devonshire Gardens

Glasgow’s One Devonshire Gardens is shining a spotlight on Scotland’s native drink at a special event next month that will celebrate all things whisky.
Designed for both whisky aficionados or novices who don’t have the faintest idea between a grain, malt or blend, the event will explore whisky from Scotland’s different regions, identifying the different characteristics of each.
Held in the hotel’s beautiful whisky snug, which is home to over 300 bottles of the spirit, the event will also look at pairing food with a dram.
Commenting, Fiona Sutherland, Bistro Manger at One Devonshire Gardens, said: “Pairing drink with food is often something more commonly associated with wine, but whisky can make a beautiful accompaniment to different dishes. The key to getting it right is understanding the type of whisky you have, something which we will be exploring at the event, pairing different blends and malts with cheese and sweet treats.”
“Whisky is very much evolving and what was once commonly seen as an older person’s drink is now being enjoyed by a younger audience. The way it is consumed has also changed with it often forming the base for many delicious cocktails. There will however always be the age-old argument about whether to add water, ice or enjoy neat – something we’d encourage people to experiment with and find out their personal tastes.”
Fiona, continued: “We’re looking forward to showcasing some beautiful whiskies alongside some delicious Scottish produce. The event is for everyone, whether you’re just starting out on your whisky journey or are simply looking to expand your knowledge, it will be a fun way to learn about the different malts and blends while enjoying a dram or two.”
Tickets to the event are priced from £45 and include whisky, cheese and sweet treats. For more information or to book your place, please visit https://www.hotelduvin.com/events/whisky/glasgow-whisky-cheese-tasting/ or call 0141 378 0385.
Further information on One Devonshire Gardens can be found at www.hotelduvin.com