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Wine Tasting with Veeno | Stratford-Upon-Avon

October 27, 2017

Recently Dr W and I were invited along to enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting. For our experience we ventured, rather excitedly, to Veeno in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Veeno are a chain of laid back Italian Wine Cafes offering a selection of their own wines as well as guest wines. The first one opened in Manchester – I’m not quite sure why I never ended up visiting, but I rectified this with our trip to Stratford. 

Veeno Selezione Wine Tasting Aperol Spritz

We were there for the Veeno Selezione Wine Tasting Experience (Β£26.90pp). This involved tasting some of their family vineyard’s more finer wines on offer accompanied with a tasting board of appetisers. I was interested to see what we would be shown. Dr W and I like wine, but have never really learnt anything about it. But to get started though we kicked things off with an Aperol as Dr W and I were here for a lazy afternoon so were in no rush.

Veeno Selezione Wine Tasting Experience

Veeno Selezione Wine Tasting Grillo

Veeno Selezione Wine Tasting Board

Eventually, our first adventure through the Veeno family vineyards brought us the Grillo. This was billed as the driest wine of the tasting. It really was, but it was refreshing and had some real gooseberry notes. I’m a big fan of dry white wines so it really worked for me. This was paired with mozerella, the creamy cheese is paired to take edge off the wine. I found it dulled it a little for me, but it was tasty all the same.

Veeno Selezione Wine Tasting Zibibbo

Next up, a fruitier white, Zibobbo. This was strong with elderflower and definitely sweeter. This time it was paired with a dry cave-aged cheese. I found this pairing more suitable, the wine was sweet and the cheese salty. I don’t usually go for sweeter wines, but with the accompaniment it worked for me.

Veeno Selezione Wine Tasting Rose

Veeno Selezione Wine Tasting

Mid way through our journey, the rose. As discussed with our server, Italians don’t drink rose and this wine is created purely for the UK market. It’s fair to say Dr W and I are not rose fans and this didn’t do anything to change our minds. But we did enjoy the speck that was paired with it!

Veeno Selezione Wine Tasting Perricone

We then began our journey through some reds. The first we tried was the Perricone, an earthy wine that wasn’t over powering or too tannin packed. This was paired with the Brassola, the wonderful smokiness really enhanced the flavour of this red. Spoiler alert – this wine was our favourite and I would go back to Veeno just to sink a few glasses of this!

Veeno Selezione Wine Tasting Cutaja

Our last wine on this part of the journey was the Cutaja. This wine is aged for more than 2 years and really is very rich and full bodied. It was paired with Gorgonzola (Dr W told me this really worked – I couldn’t eat this cheese much to my sadness – it was unpasteurised). The wine was good and I understand why it is their “top shelf” wine. But for me it really needed steak or something meaty to go with.

Veeno Selezione Wine Tasting Dessert Wine

It wasn’t quite over… after deciding on a second glass of the Perricone we then settled for dessert. This featured a dessert wine made from the grillo grapes, to make a dessert wine they are just fermented longer. It was definitely a sweet wine, with real honey notes. But I’m still not a huge fan of dessert wines! The tiramisu however, was most excellent!

Overall we enjoyed our Italian wine experience. However, one thing we both agreed on is that we didn’t really learn much, aside from how wine is paired with food. The wine tasting was a lovely experience but it focussed on showcasing Veeno family wines. Whilst there is nothing wrong with that, if you’re looking to learn something about wine in general this is not the tasting for you.

What’s your favourite wine? Would you check out Veeno’s wine tasting? Let me know in the comments,

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P.S. We were invited down to Veeno to check out the wine tasting in return for an honest write up. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own. Some are Dr W’s too.

P.P.S. Veeno is located at Bell Court, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6JP

8 Comments

  • Reply Rae Coppola October 27, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    It’s interesting to find out about how wine is paired with food, as I usually just find one I like and have it with everything. I bet you’ll be thinking twice now and having to plan ahead!

    • Reply MissPond October 29, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Definitely interesting to find out the pairings πŸ™‚

  • Reply Missy October 27, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Ah I’m such a rose lover (on the odd occassion I do drink) but that probably shows my lack of wine education! Wine tasting is something I’ve always wanted to try though, I like the sound of Veeno,espexially because they give you cheese with the wines!

    • Reply MissPond October 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Everyone has their own tastes! I’ve just never been a fan of sweet wines, hence why I’ve never been a Rose drinker!

  • Reply Rhiannon D'Averc October 27, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I’m definitely more interested in the food than the wine but it is handy to know which pairings work together!

    • Reply MissPond October 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Haha! The food was pretty tasty πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sarah Irving | The Urban Wanderer October 27, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I like red wine! I am not a connoisseur of wine either, I like what I like. I really enjoyed going with you on the journey of wine at your tasting experience though. There is much more to it (and to be paired with it) than you would even imagine. And who would have thought that Rose was only made for the UK market? You learn something new every day!

    • Reply MissPond October 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ There is definitely much more to wine, eventually I’ll get there πŸ™‚

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