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  • Jancis Robinson
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  • Jancis Robinson
10 Sep 2007

You may remember that purple pager Roger Jones of the Michelin-starred Harrow at Little Bedwyn kindly offered lunch for six in aid of Wine Relief earlier this year.


The winning bid came from John Parr of Cheltenham and the lunch itself took place on Friday when John, two of his dentist colleagues and I enjoyed the following stunning meal on a beautiful late summer's day in the country. (Roger very kindly offered to allow John to redeem the outstanding meals another time.)


Steak Tartare, Foie Gras Toffee

Jasper Hill, Georgia's Paddock Riesling 1998


Cured Wild Scottish Salmon, Wasabi & Cucumber Sorbet

Moss Wood 1999 Semillon


Isle of Scilly Lobster, Caramelised Pork

Christian Barossa Chenin Blanc, Rusden 2004


Foie Gras, Scallop & Black Pudding

Viognier by Farr 2001


Carpaccio of Venison, Truffles and Japanese Mushrooms

Merricks Creek Close Planted Pinot Noir 2004


Tasting of Welsh Mountain Lamb

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 1995


Roast Breast of Grouse, Parsnip and Date Puree

Kay Amery Block 6 2004 & Amon-Ra 2002


Berkswell Blue Cheese

Hobbs Single Vineyard Grenache 2003


Rhubarb & Cream

Cullen Robinsons Retreat Riesling 2000


Asian Rice Pudding, Cardamom Ice Cream

Tamar Botrytis Riesling 2005


Coffee & Chocolates

Krug 1996



Before lunch we all took part in a very illuminating tasting of some of Australia's finest Chardonnays on which I will be reporting in detail soon. Highlights on the plate for me included that toffee foie gras which owed much to a savagely reduced Alvear PX 1927, the lobster and the crisp yet fatty roundel of lamb. Other highlights were both Moss Wood wines, the Viognier that was still in great shape, the Tamar Ridge, the Krug and the sleep on the train home.


Thank you, John, Roger and especially Roger's wife Sue who served us such a complicated meal with impeccable efficiency, warmth, knowledge and a dazzling array of Riedel decanters.