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The Charity Lunch

11 February 2018

Table Envy

It’s always good to get a day out on a Friday for a good lunch.

This week I was lucky enough to be at the lunch of the Saints and Sinners Club of Scotland. A fantastic charity which uses the money raised at about 6 events over the year to give to small local Charities.

The lunch in a hotel is always good fun; one main speaker, one call for cash and no auction. If you're like me, go to a few charity events every year and are not a multi-millionaire then you will know what a relief that is.

The food was excellent this year but sadly the wine list was slightly uninspiring, so the alternative was to take our own. If you ask most venues will offer a corkage charge and if you can live with paying £15.00 for the use of the glasses and the ice bucket, then this is a good option. You get a better wine for your £30.00 - £35.00 pounds and the chance to create a bit of table envy.

We are past that stage in life where the table is groaning with beer and wine. Nowadays we are working on 2/3rds a bottle each or four glasses in two hours so quite sensible I think but taking magnums just for show. A couple of big magnums on the table always look great they just have a certain gravitas, on this occasion we went with a St Emilion, Chateau Montaiguillon Magnum.

Chateau Montaigullion is a delicious wine great red fruit character of plums, blackcurrants and cherries backed up by good structure and ripe tannin. It leaves a fantastic velvety feel in the mouth just what you want at a long slow lunch.

To go with the fish starter we had taken a Sauvignon Blanc “The Asshole” from Germany. Its full label says "If You Are A Racist, A Terrorist, or Just An Asshole don’t drink my Sauvignon Blanc" which could cause problem as it rules out a couple of those at the table, obviously not the first two categories but the third is a matter of opinion. It got a few laughs and was shown to a few pals at other tables. The added benefit is that it’s a great white wine not as acidic as you get from New Zealand but lots of flavors a floral nose followed by tropical flavors of pineapple and peach extremely complex and smooth just like the guests at the table, I don’t think.

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