Wine In The Sky: An Evening With Ventoux AOC

When it comes to drinks, you know I love them all. While I’m comfortable sipping on spirits, cocktails and wines, I must admit that my knowledge of the latter is a little limited. Sure, I’m experienced in drinking them, but when it comes to grape varieties, nosing, and identifying flavours, I often feel slightly out of my depth. So when I was contacted by Ventoux AOC to experience their unique take on Dinner in the Sky, I was sure to be out of my comfort zone. Taking place at the infamous Greenwich spot, the evening was promising a deep dive into the wines from the French region, complete with tastings, and food taken to new heights… literally.

Starting off with canapés and a wine tasting in the pre-flight garden area, I eased into a glass of Passe Colline rosé; fresh, light and slightly fruity. It wasn’t long until we were led to the Sky Table and firmly strapped into our seats. As someone normally who steers clear of heights, I was panicking; clutching another glass of rosé for liquid courage. But as soon as we ascended, being 100ft in the air actually wasn’t too bad. With calming clouds in the distance and more wine on the way, this quirky dining experience was looking far less terrifying than I’d pictured.

Set to the gorgeous backdrop of the sun setting over the O2, our dinner included tasty plates and wine pairings from the OC appellation of Ventoux. To start, heritage tomatoes with bocconcini, scorched peach, sambal and marigold were complemented by white wine in the form of Chateau Pesquié Quintessence. Next up, a mouthwatering shoulder of lamb that arrived with pickled carrot, pea puree, sweet potato pave and watercress salad smothered in a rosemary jus. To drink? A robust red from Domaine Souleyrol. Dessert was deliciously sweet affair, with chunks of chocolately caramel brownie layered with honeycomb, chocolate ‘soil’, raspberries and mini meringue. Before we knew it, our flight was descending. Polishing off a glass of Château Bleu Abelard, it was back to the garden as the evening continued with more wine.

The drinks:

  • Blancs :
    • Château Pesquié – Quintessence – 2019
    • Cave de Lumières – Aubépine – 2020
  • Rosés :
    • Aureto – Autant – 2020
    • Rhonéa – Passe Coline – 2020
  • Rouges :
    • Chêne Bleu – Abélard – 2012
    • Château Unang – La Croix – 2017
    • Domaine de Fondrèche – Persia – 2019
    • Domaine Souleyrol – Strogê – 2020

The food:

  • Canapés
  • Heritage tomatoes, bocconcini, scorched peach, sambal, marigold
  • Lamb shoulder, pickled carrot, pea puree, sweet potato pave, watercress salad, rosemary jus
  • Chocolate caramel brownie, honeycomb, chocolate ‘soil’, raspberry, mini meringue

In pictures:

AD – this review is sponsored in partnership with Ventoux wines, all words are my own.

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