Last weekend I was invited to attend a wine tasting at the Petersham Cellar, located at the Petersham Nurseries in Richmond. I had never been to Richmond before and was a pleasant surprise. Who knew that such a pleasant and rural place would be so close to the centre of London? It might seem that it is far away from everything but there are buses and trains that make it easy to access. Let me tell you all about the wine…
The Petersham Cellar has been created to bring exquisite italian wines closer to the British public, making it easy to buy and in this case, taste them. I arrived and was shown to a table in one of the buildings that most likely used to be one of the greenhouses, where a whole set of empty glasses was waiting for me. We were also served the most delicious sour dough bread I have had in years: the crusty was crunchy and the inside soft and slightly moist. Just absolutely perfect, it reminded me of the best breads we have back home in Portugal. There was also an olive oil for dipping, as well as grana padano cheese, both very appetizing.
As you can see in the photo, we tried a few wines: a Casa Coste Piane prosecco, a Gottardi pinot noir, a Tenuta Belguardo bronzone, a Zizola red wine and one of my favourites of the day, the Anselmi dessert wine. I loved the aprico flavour and aroma that I brought a bottle home with me.
This has been a great opportunity to learn a bit more about wine, as I know mostly Portuguese wine and it is hard to know what to look for when shopping. If wine is something you enjoy, it might be worth becoming a member – you receive the newsletters with the events and promotions as well as have a good discount when buying your favourit bottles. Even if you are not planning on attending one of the wine tasting events, I would definitely recommend stopping by for tea or a meal as the setting is absolutely fantastic. I will be showing a few more pictures later.