Monday, 9 October 2017

An evening at Veeno, Leeds

Recently, my lovely colleague Lizi Legge over at Glasses Girl was lucky enough to be invited to the ultimate wine tasting event at the idyllic wine bar Veeno in Leeds. With her attended my equally fab colleague Juan Nicholls who has kindly agreed to share with us his review of the experience, which you'll find went down a treat. 

Read on to get a taste...

Looking for something a bit different for an after-work treat? Courtesy of a blogging colleague, I recently had the chance to take an evening jaunt to Veeno, where the atmosphere is as chilled and welcoming as a crisp glass of white (or warm and inviting if you prefer red).

We experienced one of Veeno’s Selezione wine tasting packages, which features some of their premium wines with a full complement of spuntini. This involved a (thankfully) modest glass from six different bottles – two white, one rosé, two red, and a dessert wine – each paired with something delicious from the spuntini selection.

I know nothing about wine, but I do know that I usually enjoy Italian wine more than any other, so I was very ready to get stuck in. All the wines in our selection were from Sicily, a region famous for its wine-making since ancient times.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what spuntini looks like, it’s essentially a magical wheel of bread, cheeses, meat, olives, sundried tomatoes, and olive oil.

Our lovely Italian waitress brought out our first glasses of wine – a lovely dry white made with Grecanico grapes – and told us a bit about where it comes from and what flavours to expect. She also needlessly apologised for being Italian (bloody Brexit). The wine was paired with a deliciously creamy ball of mozzarella. I was tempted to pick the whole thing up and bite into it like an apple, but decorum prevailed and we delicately sliced it up to share.

Next came the second glass of white, this time a fruity, sweet white made with Inzolia grapes, which was very drinkable and refreshing. This went with pecorino cheese, a much stronger flavour than the mozzarella, which complemented the wine perfectly.

The rosé, a Syrah, went beautifully with speck ham from Trentino in northern Italy – matching both the colour and the flavour perfectly.

Then came the reds, starting with a delicious Perricone (our waitress’s favourite), which complemented the meaty bresaola beef perfectly. She promised a different flavour with each sip, and sure enough the wine yielded something different with each taste, especially with the bresaola.  

The final red was a Nero d’Avola, a fruitier number paired with sweet gorgonzola cheese and walnuts. This wine is apparently the café’s best-seller, but we agreed with our waitress that the Perricone with its complex flavours was the best.

Finally came the tiramisu accompanied with a dessert wine. To me, the wine was something akin to a port, but that’s the only reference I really have for this style of wine, so don’t quote me. Overall it wasn’t unpleasant. Tiramisu is always a delight, however, though personally I like mine a bit damper.

All in all it was a lovely experience in a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, with other patrons including large groups, couples, and one man on his own. It manages to feel like somewhere you could have a romantic and intimate evening for two or a relaxed evening with friends – or a quiet drink on one’s lonesome -  and certainly doesn’t give the impression that you have to be any sort of connoisseur or expert. (My tiramisu expertise went unnoticed.)

I give it 5 red wine stains on my t-shirt out of 5.

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