Fish & Fizz with The Wine Trust

Jun 24, 15 Fish & Fizz with The Wine Trust

I do like to indulge in a glass or three of champagne now and then and it’s even better when it’s paired with something good to eat. Did you know that one of the best foods to pair with sparkling wine is none other than that quintessential British dish, fish & chips. So, I happily accepted an invitation by the Wine Trust to their recent Fish & Fizz dinner at Hook in Camden.

Kitchen at Hook restaurant Camden Londondining area at Hook Camden LondonThe Wine Trust is an online only retailer who have a hand picked selection of wines from exceptional producers. They have a team of Masters of Wine winebuyers headed up by Nick Adams MW. Every week Nick and his team choose their wines from a selection of 100’s for their customers. The range is constantly being refreshed, if they find a better example of a particular variety, they’re not afraid to replace it; and if the latest vintage isn’t the best, they’re not afraid to take it off the site.

red and white wines available at Hook Camden LondonThe dinner took place at Hook in Camden. Hook is an Irish owned company although they first started in Belgium. They are all about sustainability and new style fish and chips. That evening we had a selection of their trademark dishes including,  panko crusted Seabass, champagne tempura Mackeral and ink and tarragon tempura of Plaice.

Ink and Tarragon Tempura Plaice at Hook Camden London

Ink and Tarragon Tempura of Plaice

Each dish was paired with a champagne and an English sparkling wine. We started with the Ayala Brut Majeur and then moved onto Charles Heidseick Brut and Brut Rose and the 2010 Nyetimber Brut and 2009 Nyetimber rose. We had one of my favourite cremant de Loire’s made by Langlois-Chateau to start. All of these sparkling wines are available from Wine Trust.

I quite enjoyed the matches. The bubbles working so well with the fish and the twice cooked chips. One of the funnest utensils they had was the spray bottle of malt vinegar. I would have taken that bottle home with me if I could have!

malt vinegar at Hook Camden London

spray bottle of malt vinegar

I think that both teams at The Wine Trust and Hook did an excellent job of pairing the sparkling wines with fish and chips. They showed that not only champagne but also that other sparkling wines are not just aperitifs, they’re also great with food.

1 Comment

  1. Just looks amazing. Very jealous! I was invited too but just couldn’t get there. Cava is always good with fish and chips, to be honest!

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