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2013 wine dinners announced, as Tassili reopens its doors

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
Richard Allen

After a hugely successful 2012, Tassili reopens today and announces an exciting programme of wine dinners for 2013.

As part of the yearlong series, connoisseurs will enjoy six course menus, created by executive head chef Richard Allen, which will be carefully paired with selected wines, supplied by partner host Dunell’s Premier Wines. Gastronomes will be treated to a diverse range of wines presented over the course of 12 events, each evening focusing specifically on a region or type of wine. They are exciting dates in the Jersey calendar, and generally are fully booked quickly.

January’s dinner (31st) focuses on the incredible revival of South Africa’s wines. February’s (28th) is dedicated to Surf and Turf, with meat and fish pairings that might surprise. In March (28th), the theme is the Austrian Wine Revolution and diners will enjoy new wines of the moment from Grüner Veltliner to Blaüfrankish. Michael Palij, a visiting Master of Wine, will introduce some of Sicily’s best-kept wine secrets in April (17th). May’s dinner (30th) is inspired by the Parisian market, with some of the finest artisan fare based on the famous Rungis market in the French capital. Perrier Jouët Champagne, our ‘house’ Champagne and great supporter, will offer six wonderful PJ Champagnes in June (27th).

Moving on to the second half of the year, July is ‘AOC’ month. Standing for Anything other than California, on the 25th we will visit the USA without touching California. New York, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho states all produce remarkably great wines. In August (29th), we enjoy summer vegetables. This night will be for lovers of vegetarian food, with dishes that can be created without meat or fish. In September (26th), we have a Spanish fiesta of our own. Richard will be offering Spain’s finest cuisines, paired with a selection of the modern wines of regional Spain.

Kazz Padidar, a local expert on foraging, takes diners on ‘A Foraging Experience’ with the wild foods of Jersey in October (31st). In November (28th) we will enjoy Burgundy Classics and open some brilliant examples of the wines of Bourgogne, classics in their own right. For the last dinner of 2013, on 12th December, we explore ‘Umami’ or the 5th sense. The Japanese sense of ‘savoury’ is often misunderstood as MSG, but many foods (and wines) offer Umami characters and work wonderfully together.

‘The wine dinners are among my favourite events of the year,’ said Eamonn Elliott, general manager at Grand Jersey. ‘After the successes and sell-outs of the last two years, I’m very much looking forward to the 2013 programme. They stimulate great debates, from both experienced wine connoisseurs and those new to the format. This year, the dinners will showcase some amazing and unexpected wines, and take guests on a truly spectacular gastronomic journey around the world.’

The evenings are priced at between £85 and £99 per person, which includes wines and dinner. For more information or to book, please contact Grand Jersey’s reception team on 01534 722301 or email

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