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.
We were there for the Veeno Selezione Wine Tasting Experience (£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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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,
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