Wine guru Oz Clarke will be returning to the North East on November 13 to host a dinner at luxury boutique hotel Jesmond Dene House.
The Dine with Bordeaux Wine Tasting Dinner is being hosted by The Newcastle Wine School, part of a local wine school network, in collaboration with Guest Wines.
Oz, who was a full time actor and singer before wine took over his life in the early 1980s, will share some of his grape adventures with diners at the five course meal being held in the Great Hall.
The menu has been created especially by Jesmond Dene House’s head chef Michael Penaluna with the matching Bordeaux wines chosen by Oz.
The dinner will start with beetroot cured salmon, horseradish and chicory teamed with a Jerusalem artichoke salad. This will be followed by seasonal pumpkin, chestnut and apple tortellini. The main course will be roast saddle of venison with sloe gin, smoked bacon, parsnip and curly kale.
Two desserts of lemon and cranberry cheesecake and almond sponge with caramelised apples, will complete the meal.
David Harker, owner of Newcastle Wine School, says: “We are delighted to have such a renowned wine expert as Oz Clarke returning to the North East to attend this event at Jesmond Dene House.
“The hotel is the ideal venue for this dinner and everyone involved is extremely enthusiastic and determined to make it one of the most successful occasions in the wine calendar for 2014.”
Oz is one of the world’s leading wine experts whose extensive knowledge, affability and no-nonsense approach to the topic has endeared him to the public.
His passion for the subject dates from his student days at Oxford University, where he won tasting competitions at a precociously early age.
Oz’s best-selling books include Let Me Tell You About Wine, Bordeaux and Wine Atlas as well as the annual guides, Pocket Wine Book and 250 Best Wines Wine Buying Guide.
His books and frequent TV and radio appearances – often alongside friend James May – have led to him winning many awards, including International Wine Challenge Personality of the Year, the TRIC (Television and Radio Industries Club) TV Arts/Documentary Programme of the Year and the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Wine Literature.
Tickets for the Dine with Bordeaux Wine Tasting Dinner cost £95 per person and are available by contacting the Newcastle Wine School at www.newcastlewineschool.com
The Journal has teamed up with the organisers of the Dine with Bordeaux Wine Tasting Dinner with Oz Clarke to offer on lucky reader a pair of tickets to the event detailed above, as well as overnight bed and breakfast in a suite at Jesmond Dene House, together worth up to £500, for the evening of November 13.
For your chance to win, email your answer to the question below along with your name, age, address and contact telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for entries is noon on November 1, 2014.
Question: Bordeaux wines come in a range of styles from a blend of grapes that complement all types of food. Sauternes is a famous Bordeaux wine, but is it:
a) a dry red wine; or
b) a sweet white wine?
The winner will be picked at random on that date and offered the prize as stated. No cash alternative will be offered. The Editor’s decision is final. Usual Trinity Mirror competition rules apply, available on request or at www.thejournal.co.uk/legal.