Posts Tagged ‘Darts Farm’

Wine Safari

My very thoughtful wife recently booked me on a Wine Safari from Darts Farm as a treat. I knew the various safaris Darts put on had a great reputation so I was really looking forward to this. The Safari was to Pebblebed Vineyards a miles walk down Devons country lanes from Darts.

We were given a refreshing glass of Elderflower Fizz on arrival, and then from this point on the drinks flowed. We walked up to the vines and the instantly recognizable Pebblebed van, and were handed a glass of the sparkling rose, which was outstanding.

The host for the day Geoff Bowen introduced himself, and it was very interesting to hear he was a fellow geologist. we received a very informative explanation of how they grow the grapes and produce the wine using grapes that do best in the South West, Seyval Blanc, Rondo, Madeline Angevine and Pinot Noir.

The vines are beautiful, and it is great to see them flourishing in the rolling Devon hills. Though some of the difficulties with this very wet summer were discussed, but it’s great to hear how flexible they are in making their wines with the best crop they have.

We wandered back to the new winery which had a beautifully laid out long table in the middle, and we worked our way through a glass of Sparkling 2009, White  2011, Rose 2010 and finally the Red 2011, which for me was a particular favourite, as it reminded me of the Pinot Noirs I tasted when I was out in New Zealands South Island for my honeymoon.

There was a sumptuous spread of westcountry food put on by Darts Farm which went well with the wines, and we were further entertained with some fascinating stories from Geoff.

All in all a great value for £25, entertaining, informative, fun and most of all celebrating the wonderful produce of Devon.

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Flowers & Smoke a great combination

I was asked by my friend and near neighbour, Jan Billington from Maddocks Farm to help out with a demo she was doing for Darts Farm at the Devon County Show yesterday.

It has always been a dream of mine to cook in front of a crowd, some might think this a bit of an ego trip, but I genuinely am so passionate about food that I love to share with others.

We demoed the hosta leaves wrapped in proscuitto that I posted about recently, and these went down a treat, the smoked butter with flowers handed out on slithers of home made bread received a lot of praise, and the wonderful flower jelly shots and flower salad displays, that Jan created were simply stunning.

I loved being a part of this, and hope one day to be asked to do some more.

The photos here were all taken by Jan’s daughter Imogen, who I think has a real flair, thank you for letting me use the pictures  here.

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