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Parents' Association wine and canapes evening

The inaugural St Helen’s and Abingdon Parents’ Association wine and canapés evening ‘Microbiome: The Hidden Hand of Terroir’ was a great way to begin the half-term break.

Parents joined natural wine expert Timothy Bayley and chef Olivier Hubert to enjoy a hugely informative and relaxed evening of sumptuous flavour combinations.

Eight organic and biodynamic wines from across France were presented by Timothy Bayley over the course of the evening and individually paired with super tasty morsels, created much closer to home in our own kitchen by chef Olivier, head of the Tatler award-winning team at St Helen’s. 

As well as the flavour sensations, the event challenged guests to think about what the expression ‘natural wines’ means. Why does one wine taste different from the next, even if it is made with the same grape variety? What is the significance of ‘terroir’ for a wine’s flavour?

The room buzzed with excitement in between each tasting about what was to come next - such was the success of the event that planning for the next one is already underway!

Guests commented:

‘Thank you to all those involved in organising this superb evening last night. Everything was first class: food, wines, service and setting. That was a brilliant way to socialise with other parents and to end this busy half-term.’

‘Thank you very much for an amazing evening! It was beyond our expectations! Thank you to all involved.’

‘Vive le vin!’


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