MATCHING food with great tasting wine when hosting a dinner party needn’t cost the earth as Rose Murray Brown demonstrates.
The Scotsman wine critic (@rosemurraybrown) hosts a Google Hangout with guests including chef at Edinburgh’s Cafe St Honore Neil Forbes @chefneilforbes and Edinburgh chef and restauranteur Mark Greenaway @markgreenaway.
Five wines ideal for any dinner party or even to enjoy on Christmas Day are sampled and best of all they all cost less than £10 a bottle.
The tasting above is part of the Big Dinner event which encourages people to host a dinner party in their own home.
Anyone anywhere in the world can take part in as long as a £25 registration fee is paid and they have access to broadband.
Celebrities such as comics Fred MacAulay, Elaine C Smith and Hardeep Singh Kohli, will join participants in being linked up by social media, while two short films about the work of 500 Miles will be broadcast to show how the charity is changing lives.
Big Dinner founder and Edinburgh-based lawyer Olivia Giles became a quadruple amputee 12 years ago when she caught meningococcal septicaemia which forced surgeons to amputate her hands and lower legs in order to save her life.
She has since become a high -profile advocate for amputees, in particular those living in some of the poorest parts of Africa who are forced to crawl on the ground or limp around on home-made wooden legs.
The 48-year-old’s charity 500 Miles now runs two clinics in Malawi with plans to open a third in Zambia, and she now wants to raise £500,000 to help African amputees walk again by getting Scots to sit down for a global dinner party on 7 March.
1.CREMANT DU JURA BRUT 2011 Philippe Michel
Region: Jura, E France
WHITE WINE FOR TURKEY
2. VILLA BLANCHE CHARDONNAY 2013 Calmel Joseph
Region: Coteaux du Languedoc, S France
Stockist: Vinos wine shops, Edinburgh; Ellies Cellar, Dollar & Auchterarder
RED WINE FOR TURKEY
3. CLOS DU BOIS PINOT NOIR 2013
Region: California, USA
Grape: Pinot Noir
Price: £8.99 (on offer until 2 Feb 2015)
Stockist: Majestic Wine
RED WINE FOR ROAST LAMB
4. LOPEZ DE HARO RESERVA RIOJA 2005
Region: Rioja, Spain
Stockist: The Wine Society www.thewinesociety.com
SWEET WINE FOR MINCE PIES / DESSERTS
5. TABALI LATE HARVEST MUSCAT 2011
Region: Limari Valley, Chile
Price: £5.50 hf bt The Wine Society; £7.99 hf Virgin Wines; Woodwinters; Waitrose