Our first event as “Accidental Epicurean Events” went off wonderfully last night. Another big thank you goes out to our event sponsors – Epicurious, Underground Wines, and Divine MedSpa. Helena from Epicurious, Sianne from UW, and Christine from Divine MedSpa were so relaxed, calm, and generally cool and that vibe came through to our guests making for a really great evening. (pictures of guests at bottom of post)
The wine tasting took place in the Epicurious garden down by the quay. The weather was wonderful last night and near perfect for an outdoor event (maybe 5 degrees less would have been great ). I’ve only been to Epicurious in the morning so it was nice to enjoy the peaceful setting of the restaurant in the evening as the sun was setting over the quay.
Guests sampled from a selection of 4 white and 4 red New Zealand Wines at the event.
Mt Rosa Riesling 2006, Central Otago, New Zealand
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Marlborough, New Zealand
Whitehaven Pinot Gris 2008, Marlborough, New Zealand
Bushmere Estate Chardonnay 2006, Gisborne, New Zealand
Lime Rock Pinot Noir 2006, Marlborough, New Zealand
Mt Rosa Pinot Noir 2007,Central Otago, New Zealand
Unison Merlot/ Cab Sauv/ Shiraz Blend 2007, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Gladstone Rose 2008, Wairapara, New Zealand
The highlights, as often is the case in this heat with wines, were the whites. Specifically the Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Many guests told me that they normally are stronger fans of red wines, but the whites here turned their tastes… at least for the night. Standouts from the Reds included the Unison and Mt Rosa Pinot Noir. All the wines were good, but it was surprising how notable the whites were complimented by the very attractive prices Underground offered at the event. I’ve paid almost as much on a glass of wine at some restaurants in Singapore.
Epicurious paired foods with each of the wines. Foods included, the highlight of the night for most guests, Shredded chicken and cabbage salad with Asian herbs and lime vinaigrette & Epicurious Vietnamese bolognaise.
Delicious crabcakes with hot and sour dipping sauce & Epicurious cheese on toast.
Epicurious mini burger (I will be coming at lunchtime for a full size version of this burger soon!) & crispy chicken wings.
And lastly a 5-spice duck and hazelnut crostini & smoked salmon tartare (unfortunately my pictures of this dish didn’t come out).
They also provided light nibbles for in-between wines or to cleanse the palate. You must try the Tom Yam Pop Corn, it’s really remarkable and I’d love to see it served in a movie theater!