Marks & Spencer is without a doubt one of my favourite British brands. Not only do they have consistently high quality products, they tend to be extremely transparent about where they source their products, from their clothing to their wine.
Stopping off at the M&S Foodhall after a long day at work is definitely a treat, and when the M&S team invited me down for a Regional Food and Wine Tasting I was thrilled to say the least.
M&S have a great range of International Wines which we sampled over the course of the evening, but for me there were several stand out ones in particular.
I was not expecting one of my favourite wines of the evening to be an English one, but the Marksman was really fantastic – light and crisp, it is a delicious sparkling wine. Fun fact – the wine was named after a Spitfire that M&S employees raised £5,000 to pay for in 1941.
Although I tend to go for a drier white, I really enjoyed the Castillo de Monterey Godello – tart and fruity, the Spanish white complemented a soft cheese (like brie) extremely well.
I’m quite partial to a Malbec, and the Argentian Dominio del Plata Terrior was another favourite of mine from the evening – fullbodied and robust, it went extremely well with steak tacos (the bloodier, the better!)
When sampling the wines at home, I finished the meal off with roasted pears, figs and almonds coated with brown sugar and cinnamon – a festive, yet healthy dessert – especially with a side of Greek yoghurt.