8.53am, Friday 27th October, The Haymarket, Edinburgh, Scotland
OK here we go with a quick recap on what was a fabulous second day ever for me in Glasgow – the first was about 6 years ago. One thing is for absolutely sure – it won’t be that long before we’re back! We started at Rogano – an Edinburgh dress circle restaurant established in 1935 and with the decor and atmosphere based on the art deco dining room that was being built at exactly the same time on the River Clyde as part of the stately lady of the day ocean liner “Queen Mary”. Now when you walk in through the doors fitted with the sea horse etched milk glass portholes, you really do just slide back in time. It’s everything really. The mirrors that were spirited from the construction site, the music, the attention to detail with the authentic original art deco menus – if you’re in Glasgow ever, you must put the time aside to do something at Rogano – oysters at the champagne bar, a group of you for lunch in the booths, or a dinner for two over a low candle in one of the romantic hidey corners. Hopefully this gives you a bit of an idea.
And if a Manhattan / New York City experience is your thing, there’s always ‘ 29 ‘ upstairs next door, where Jon has our Yalumba Signature Cabernet Shiraz fitting right in on the menu. Check out the David Coulthard formula one driving suit on one of the walls.
On out to the country, and the old mill town of Paisley – yes the town that gave us the ‘paisley print’ – the feature look of the hippie 60s and 70s fashion moment. The old original Anchor Mill has been re furbished and is home to some folks doing nice things with our wines – sending them out to a set of 20 odd stores throughout the Scottish Mid and Low lands.
Here’s Anchor Mill – then and now.
Whilst out in the countryside, we also showed some new wines to the boys at Mar Hall – very much the granite bluestone jewel in the crown of the forested Renfrewshire countryside. They are already a bit in love with the Yalumba Bushvine Grenache, and what a lovely address for our hardworking raspberry rosemary middleweight to be. Don’t take my word for it though – have a look at this!
And then it was back into the city, tonthe West End of Glasgow and a consumer tasting at the new Quel Vin wine shop, a play on the store’s location just off the Kelvin Bridge. Lucky for us – good karma is with us so far on the trip, touch wood – they’ve just had a Belgian fine chocolates cabinet set up the same day we arrive, so it’s a wine and truffle tasting actually. But then it gets even better. We start our tasting with some early arrivals, and I duck in next door to the sensational Philadelphia chippy and get enough cod, chips, haggis sausage and chips to keep everyone happy. Yes folks – you should always have wine with food – it’s the responsible thing to do! Here’s the before – a parcel that smelled so good!……and the after ready to eat from left to right – cod & chips supper, haggis sausage & chips supper, and half a dozen potato fritters crisped just right! No wonder really that we get folks back to our tastings.
What did we show with our fish and chip feast at Quel Vin? – Jansz NV Sparkling, 2010 Pewsey Vale Riesling, 2005 Pewsey Contours Riesling, 2008 Heggies Chardonnay – lovely with the cod – 2009 Y Shiraz Viognier, 2008 Bushvine Grenache, 2008 Scribbler Cabernet Shiraz, and just for a nice sweet finisher offerer – the 2009 Heggies Botrytis Riesling. Thanks a huge amount to Jin & Jill who are the passionate about their world ….now including fab chocolates …..for having us on the night and on the shelves, and everyone for turning out on a chilly school night to see what we do in our part of the world. And it’s all sorted – we will be back ( hopefully July 2012) for the second great Quel Vin Yalumba wine loves fish & chip supper! See ya when it’s a Scottish summer in the West End.
And where is Quel Vin? On the end of Kelvin Bridge, next to the Parmigiana Italian restaurant, two doors down from the Philadelphia chippy, and with Roots and Fruits the organic store on the other side.