Tsuru, Japanese food/European wine – video
I was invited to a Japanese food and wine matching dinner the other night. Japanese food is notorious for it’s difficulty in matching with wine. Sweet, salty, spicy, fried, grilled, raw, cooked, with all those flavours and textures to match in one sitting, it’s no wonder most people stick to beer, saki or when push comes to shove, riesling. This was a food and wine match with a difference. All the wines were to be from the Old World. Damian Tillson of Sotheby’s, who chose the wine list, believes that there are perfectly good European wines available that can be matched with Japanese food.
The tasting was held at Tsuru in Southwark, just behind the Tate Modern. The joint, opened almost a year ago by Emma Reynolds and partners, aims to be an ethically sourced restaurant, featuring line caught tuna, salmon from the Shetland islands and free range chicken from the West country. All the sushi is hand made on the premises by their expert sushi chef.
The food served was a combination of sushi, sushi rolls and chicken and steak teriyaki. The food by itself was very tasty. It was fun to compare and contrast with the other food and wine bloggers at the tasting, Wineconversation, Winematcher, Londonelicious, MsMarmiteLover (of underground restaurant fame) and Gourmet Chick. How’d it do with the wine list? Watch the video to find out.
Here’s a list of what was on tasting and my notes:
2007 Domain de Ricaud, Entre-deux-Mer, Bordeaux – herby, grassy nose, medium body, good acidity, minerally with green fruit
2007 Domaine Bailly-Reverdy Sancerre, Loire – herbacious, hay, gooseberry nose, gooseberry/grapefruit, light but sleek, flinty, was the best food matcher of the evening
2006 Domaine Leflaive, Macon Verze, Burgundy (biodynamic) - nicely integrated fruit and oak, pineapples, floral and citrus fruits, fine acidity, quite full bodied
2007 Domaine Pique Roque, Cotes de Provence – syrah/cabernet sauvignon blend – fresh strawberry and red fruit nose, dry but subtle red fruits, great example of Cotes de Provence rose
2007 Domaine Georges Viornery, Cotes de Brouilly, Beaujolais – nice cherry nose, bit of earthiness, fresh cherries and lovely red fruits on the palate, soft and light
2005 La Tunella, Colli Orentali del Friuli, Cabernet Franc, Italy – bell pepper, rocky nose, red cherries, leather, a powerhouse compared to the rest, good with the steak teriyaki and the “best brownies outside of Borough Market”.