Text by Lorraine, photos by Valentina

Well, quaking in my jandals at the thought of following on from the fabulous White event,  the last gathering of the year was at my place, Sierra Cafe,  Newmarket.  The debonair Martin Cahnbley of  Planet Wine  welcomed new and familiar faces  and  ran through his delicious wines in a lovely informal, knowlegeable way.  It was great to get to know  Deb a little better as she introduced and  led a round ofintroductions.  Meanwhile, delicious nibbles rolled out from thekitchen.  I cannot take credit for all, I had lots of help from myteam at the cafe, in particular, Head Chef Carl.  We considered the food to complement the wines: chevre & thyme filo tartlets, crostini with smoked salmon mousse garnished with gravalax worked well with the whites (Rivetto Moscato D’Asti 2007 and Anselmi Capitel Foscarino).Then crostini with juniper crusted venison, topped with a compote of cranberry & rhubarb, and Turkish lamb koftas with cucumber dip matched the depth of the warm reds (Rivetto Dolcetto 2007, Millaman Carmenere 2004, Nathalie & Co Syrah Carignan 2006, and Kaapzicht Pinotage 2005).  And of course, the piece de resistance… delicious mouthful’s of brownie, topped with a fresh raspberry… oh but the dilemma, with what do I choose to complement .. the fabulous Hanepoot, the divine Agricanto?  I look forward to doing this again, as I particularly appreciated the elves that appeared at the end, Deb, Chris, and Anne and brought all of the dishes through to the kitchen, swept the huge floor and of course, Valentina, thank you for being so diligent in photographing the event!  

 Much appreciated.