Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Four Seasons Wine Tasting (Winter)

On Friday, 13th November, we held the first of our two Winter Wine Tasting Evenings. I am pleased to say that we were fully booked. Our wine tasting evenings all follow a similar format – gourmet six course dinner with wine chosen to complement each course. This is not always easy as a little extra spice or flavouring in a sauce being served can alter the balance of the wine/food match.
The wines for this event were supplied by our ‘Old World Wine’ supplier, Tanners of Shrewsbury and I’m happy to say that almost everyone agreed that the wine matched the food well. We had some fantastic wines to taste, the two most popular being Le Blanc de Grand Cres, Languedoc – served with the lightly curried Cauliflower Soup and Chateau Puy La Rose, Pauillac served with the Loin of Perthshire Lamb.

It is a great way to try wines that you may not think to match with dishes and our suppliers always try to encourage people ‘out of their comfort zone’ . The dissertation given is not too technical, more light hearted and informative and you certainly do not need to be a connoisseur of wine to enjoy these evenings.

We are holding our second Wine Tasting Evening on the 4th December, this time with ‘New World Wines’ supplied by Great Grog in Edinburgh. Why not come along and join us.

LETI: Mary looks after the Fours Seasons Hotel when owner Andrew is away on his travels. This Perthshire hotel boasts the most wonderful views over Loch Earn from its bedrooms, lounges and restaurants - where you can experience culinary creativity and the best of Scotland's food and drink.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Tales from a Perthshire Bed and Breakfast

We have a bell on our kitchen door for guests to ring if they have a problem during the night and need assistance. Usually it's nothing more than someone locking themselves out of the room.

On this night, it had been very cold and windy and the electricity had been knocked out, yet again! The bell rang and I shoved Paul out of bed. He stumbled down the stairs half asleep, slightly dishevilled in his "jammies" and opened the kitchen door.

There stood half a dozen guests wanting to know where their breakfast was as they were anxious to set off and walk the Rob Roy Way! It was 8.15am. Our alarm had failed to work, and we'd slept in!

Oh how our guests gave us stick!

LETI: Mal Dingle and Paul Holt run Rosebank House in the village of Strathyre. Whether you are passing through or on a short break, they offer comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in their Victorian guest house. You will be made most welcome in this pet friendly accommodation situated in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park on the gateway to the Highlands.