In support of The Morning Star Children’s Centre in Welkom, South Africa, founding supporters Bill Muddyman and Linda Gardiner, with the help of Hallgarten’s Daniel O’Keefe have together raised a staggering £15,000 at a recent Charity Wine Dinner at The Hare and Hounds pub in Claygate, Surrey.
The theme of the dinner, A Taste of Viognier, saw eight different Viogniers from around the world paired throughout the evening.
Why Viognier I hear you ask? Viognier is a passion of Bill’s – having tried to persuade the Provence AOC to accept Viognier as part of their official wine varieties while developing the vineyard at Chateau de Berne in Provence.
The evening’s Viogniers went as follows:
Pre-Dinner guided tasting & canapés:
Chateau de Campuget 1753 Viognier, Costières de Nimes, 2015
Chateau de Berne, 2012
Metal Label White Viognier, Berton Vineyard, South Australia 2015
Saint Clair Viognier, Saint Clair, Hawkes Bay 2015
Lobster Bisque with parmesan croutons and crème fraiche
Limited Release Viognier, Swartland Winery, 2015
Goan Fish curry
Côte Rôtie ‘Blonde du Seigneur’, Domaine Georges Vernay, Rhône Valley 2013
Gressingham duck leg confit with sautéed potatoes, tender stem broccoli and orange sauce
Viognier PGI Epanomi, Domaine Gerovassiliou, Macedonia 2015
Vanilla panna cotta, plum compote
The evening was followed by an auction, with all proceeds to The Morning Star Children’s Charity, accompanied by:
Condrieu ‘Terrasses de L’Empire’, Domaine Georges Vernay, Rhône Valley 2014