Just minutes before I headed home I received an invite that I couldn’t refuse from one of my and arguably London’s favourite restaurants. Roast, the iconic restaurant that kinda floats above Borough Market, is pitting little known English wine against wines from the around the world for English Wine Week. Game on I thought, I love the plucky underdog and I have had some surprisingly good wine over the past few years.
If Roast thinks that English wine is good enough for a wine battle against some of the world’s best wine from Italy, France and Portugal. Then I better sit up and listen, especially as it claims to have one of the most extensive wine lists in London, and 26% of white wine served in the restaurant comes from England.
So with English wine now seemingly hot on the heels of some of the world’s finest makers, Roast thinks that it is ripe for a little competition and fun for English Wine Week celebrations, with two events running on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th May.
Guests will be invited to enter as a team and will be treated to a selection of small plates each paired with both an English and foreign wine and asked to identify the homegrown tipple for a chance to win a prize.
The competition comes from countries with a rich winemaking history and the evening brought out my inner connoisseur. Funny noises, slurping and lots of swilling and smelling happened on our table. The discussions switched from confident to unsure and back again from one sip to the next.
Unsurprisingly Roast have also partnered with English Winemaker Chapel Down, to create a bespoke daily market menu, which will be available all day long throughout the month of May!
I had an amazing time and make a few new wine-loving friends along the way and I’d recommend it to anyone who even has a passing interest in English wines. See below, for the scores and who won the battle of the wine makers.
Tickets for both English Wine Week events are on sale now and will be priced at £55 per person, and the Chapel Market Menu is available daily for £40pp including wines.