The Scottish Arte del Vino Club

Expertly organised and managed by Debbie Hayes; led by Niamh from Edinburgh’s Appellation Wines; and orchestrated by Kevin and Colin, 28 Members and Guests enjoyed a tutored-tasting of six Italian wines, accompanied by a range of antipasti which, of course, were only for starters.

Just when it seemed that life couldn’t get any better, Steve the Chef produced his ‘rustic two course Italian dinner’ with salad, olives, Aberdeen Angus and Wild Boar lasagne and, for us non meat-eaters, delicious arancini and vegetables, followed by melt-in-the-mouth panna cotta (bedecked with our own SAC-grown mint).  The accompanying moist and herby focaccia reminded us that, in Steve, we not only have a first-class chef but also a baker of distinction as well.

Back to the Clubroom for pots of coffee and tea (and home-baked biscuits) and happy reflection on, without a doubt, the best value-for-money £30 I have spent in ages.

There is the promise of more wine tastings to come and, as far as I am concerned, the sooner the better.

Brian Blundell.