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    Slow cooked beef cheek roasted veg freeke horseradish lebneh



    Sunday 18th September 2016

    Educate your palate with a unique wine and food pairing experience co-curated by Arabica Bar & Kitchen owner James Walters and Master of Wine Sarah Abbot. 

    The Eastern Mediterranean with its ancient peoples and proud traditions is a crucible for a historic culinary culture that is catching the imagination of foodies and wine lovers everywhere, not least because the vast majority of the colourful and exotic ingredients tick all our healthy-living boxes. The wines from this fascinating region are beginning to make as much waves as the food; Greece, Cyprus,, Turkey, Lebanon and Israel are all garnering international plaudits for their wines, made in many cases with exciting grape varieties that have been around for thousands of years but which are now being enjoyed by a new tranche of consumers. 

    Doors & Bar open: 12pm / Event starts: 1pm / Event finishes: 4pm   

    Meze sampler.. 

    Hummus with fiery Zhug


    Turkish-stye Muhummara

    Cretan Dakos Salad

    Istanbul-style Mussels

    Baby Octopus Salad

    Summer Freeke Salad


    Beef Shish

    Batata Hara


    Sarah Abbott has worked in the wine trade for nearly 20 years. Sarah advises companies and private individuals on all aspects of wine sourcing, collecting and investment. She has strong links, and experience, in the classic regions of France and Italy. Sarah became a Master of Wine in 2008 - her MW dissertation was on the wines of Barolo. She worked for a specialist importer of exclusively Italian wines, and created UK marketing and event programs for leading producers from Toscana, Piemonte, Lombardy, Marche, Campania, and Sicilia.

    Sarah judges in wine competitions globally, from London to Melbourne and is a finalist in the ‘Roederers’, the global competition for wine writing and communication. Sarah has keen interest in Turkish wines and met James on wine trip in Istanbul in the summer of 2015. 


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      Selection of Lebanese wines from the Spring 2015 Event

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      Brasied Veal cheek, smoked green wheat freeke, horseradish lebneh

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      Chef/ Proprietor James Walters & Lebanese wine expert Micheal Karam talk food and wine.

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      Spring Fatoush

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      Micheal talk terroir with guests

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      2015 Spring wine event menu

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      A sweet wine from Kefraya to finish off with....


    Currently creating a stir on the international market, Lebanese wine is the product of a rich heritage dating back 5,000 years. Despite Ottoman domination, regional turmoil, civil conflict and religious intolerance, Lebanon has consistently produced world-class wines. Our boozy Sunday lunch will give you an opportunity to have a Lebanese feast and sample wines from six Lebanese wineries. 

    Doors & Bar open: 12pm / Event starts: 1pm / Kick out: 4pm 

    Whats included in the event ticket price:  

     An introduction to the Wines of Lebanon by Michael Karam

     Six spring wines from six wineries

    Château Kefraya (Caves, Taillevent, Paris; L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon)
    Château Ksara (Marks & Spencer, UK; La Trompette, London; Gymkhana, London; Clos Maggiore, London)
    Château St Thomas
    Domaine de Baal (Guy Savoy, Paris. Three Michelin stars; Cheval Blanc, Courchevelle. Two Michelin stars
    Domaine des Tourelles (Marks & Spencer, UK; Hakassan, Arabica Bar & Kitchen, London; Trois Gros, Tokyo)
    Domaine Wardy (Nicolas, France)
    Ixsir (Otto e mezzo Bombana, Tokyo ; Nobu at the Berkley, London; Wholefoods US, Arabica Bar & Kitchen, Jumeirah Chain, Dubai; Savoy Hotel, Zurich; Rochambeau, New York)

    Seasonal tasting menu

    To give you a little taster of what to expect here is last years tasting menu  

    Hummus Chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon olive oi
    Whipped feta  Charred Turkish chilles, toasted pumpkin seeds, min
    Spring Fattoush Spring leaves, radish, croutons, parsley, mint, za’atar, pomegranate
    Yellow Fin Tuna Crispy shallots, olive oil, citrus, Urfa chilli, rose water
    Za'atar Man’ousheh Thyme, sumac, toasted sesame
    Cheese Sambousek Baby gem, fresh herb
    Slow cooked Veal Cheeks Green wheat freeke, spring vegetables, horseradish lebneh
    Roasted Spring Vegetables Green wheat freeke, mint, wild garlic, lebneh
    Chocolate tart Candied clemantine, sweet orange blossom lebneh


    A little bit about Michael Karam

    Michael Karam is a journalist and wine writer. He has appeared in DecanterHarpers, Monocle, The Spectator, The Times and Esquire. He is a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Wine (Oxford University Press), The World Atlas of Wine (7th ed.) and the award-winning Wine Report (Dorling Kindersley). He is the author of Wines of Lebanon (Saqi), which won the Gourmand Award for the Best New World Wine Book, 2005; Arak and Mezze: The Taste of Lebanon (Saqi), which was shortlisted for the Gourmand award for Best Food and Travel Book 2007, and Château Ksara: 150 years of wine making 1957-2007 (Vinehouse). In 2010, he published Michael Karam’s Lebanese Wines (Turning Point), which is now in its second edition. He has been named a trustee of the Lebanese Wine Museum, due to open in 2015 and is currently working with Dr. Patrick McGovern from University of Pennsylvania on a book on the origins of ancient wine in the Levant. He divides his time between Lebanon and the UK, where he lives with his wife and two children.


      We're giving the wine list a little spruce up, a little buff and polish, and as we do this we're offering some cracking value on a few bin-end, last few bottles to make way for some exciting new wines.

      Highlights include:

      Sparkling Shiraz: MAJELLA  £26 
      An Australian red wine bottle fermented like Champagne, a whole lot of fun
      Alea Riesling: GROSSET £26
      Made by Riesling Master Jeff Grosset in the Clare Valley, Australia
      Verdicchio: BUCCI £22
      Distinguished Verdicchio producer with a big pedigree
      Semillon: MOUNT HORROCKS £23
      One of the best in Australia, made by Stephanie Toole
      Riesling: CHATEAU MONTELENA £24
      Legendary Napa Valley estate, single vineyard wine
      Chardonnay: YARDEN £20
      Classy and polished Israeli wine from a former Robert Mondavi winemaker

      So check out this little selection and grab a bargain bottle. Just a few bottles left of each, and then we'll be ushering in a host of new wines.
      Happy drinking!

      November wine match by Zeren Wilson

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        Vourla 2011, Urla Winery, Izmir, Turkey

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        Friulano 2013, Marco Sara, Friuli, Italy

      Vourla 2011, Urla Winery, Izmir, Turkey. 

      With Quail Escabeche

      One of the most popular wines at Arabica is BACK after a short hiatus, and we love this full throttle deeply flavoured big red. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and the indigenous varietal Bogazkere (translating as 'throat scraper' due to its burly tannins and grip) that can tackle many of the dishes on our menu. This wine breezes through the caramelised onion,apple, and pomegranate molasses elements in the dish, while not overwhelming the quail — great acidity keeps this from being a clunky wine.


      Friulano 2013, Marco Sara, Friuli, Italy.  

      With Crispy bits of lamb belly, Aleppo chilli, oregano, and lemon.

      Marco is one of the stars of the region, whose family own seven hectares of vines. Fully organic since 2005, his Friulano is an exercise in balance and class, a serene wine that makes for effortless drinking. Has the verve and energy to cut through fatty belly, while coping well with the lemon and chilli. One of our favourite whites on the list.

      October wine match by Zeren Wilson

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        Morgon 2011, Georges Descombes, Beaujolais, France

      Morgon 2011, Georges Descombes, Beaujolais, France.
      Enjoy with Sticky Lamb riblets, pomegranate glaze, cumin chilli salt.

      A 2011 Morgon, eh? Isn't this wine over the hill? Not at all. Georges Descombes is one of the 'daddies' of the appellation, and is regarded as one of the legends. Minimal intervention wines grown on 15.5 hectares of granite, he is great friends with Jean Foillard (another pillar of the Beaujolais community) and was mentored by Marcel Lapierre. Wonderfully savoury Gamay, with a core of juicy dark fruit — the wines age gracefully for many years. Keeps step with the pomegranate glaze here and refreshes the palate between morsels of sticky lamb riblet.

      Wine Matches of the month by Zeren Wilson

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        Château La Mascaronne Rosé 'Quat' Saisons' 2013, Provence, France

      • Feta

        WHIPPED FETA Charred Turkish chilli, toasted sunflower seeds, mint

      The prettiest of pale pinks, and a wonderfully delicate and dry character, brimming with red summer berries and a whiplash of refreshing acidity. Made with 70% Cinsault, 16% Grenache and 14% Syrah, this doesn't need food, and is very happy on its own, particularly when the sun is shining in our sun trap of a terrace. However, nibbling on some bread and whipped feta, or perhaps taramasalata, would be a fine partner.

      Wine Matches of the month by Zeren Wilson

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        Fié Gris 2013, Xavier Frissant, Loire, France

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        Courgette & 3 Cheese Man'ousheh

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        Finca Vinoa 2013, Ribeiro, Spain

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        Wild red Carabinieros prawns with fennel salt, urfa chilli, dill

      Fié Gris 2013, Xavier Frissant, Loire, France with: Courgette & 3 Cheese Man'ousheh 

       A zippy white from the Loire Valley proves that there is life after Sauvignon Blanc, with this subtle herb scented ancient relative of its more prevalent cousin. It has the bright acidity to cut through the richness of the cheeses, and enough thrust to cope with the vegetal twang of the courgettes.

      Finca Vinoa 2013, Ribeiro, Spain with Wild red Carabinieros prawns

      Intriguing blend of Treixadura, Godello, Albariño and Loureira from Galicia, North-West Spain, a hotbed of excellent seafood. It has weight and a creamy richness on the palate, a great foil for the intense ocean flavour oozing from these prawns, as well as the smoky char of the grill. Mineral, precise, cleansing — a wine utterly at home with seafood.

      Spring Wine highlights

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        By Zeren Wilson

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        Muscadet is the future for savvy white drinkers, and this is one of the best: “Chock full of personality! Edgy and dense and pungent…so unlike most Muscadets.” – Jancis Robinson MW

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        Axel Pauly is a rising star of German wine.

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        Morgon is the Beaujolais village that can convert you to Beaujolais.

      As the spring in our step returns and we saunter from A to B instead of rushing around, join us to sample some of our new wine list.

      Muscadet from Domaine de l'Ecu
       — Say what? Muscadet? Yes, Muscadet is now BACK, and this time its personal. Once a by-word for naff, cheap wines, top Muscadet producers are now highly sought after by any discerning sommelier. Whistle clean, brimming with cool minerality, this is a belting food matching wine, particularly seafood. Try with our new Fish & Couscous dish or Whole sea bream, braised fennel and preserved lemon.
      Dry German Riesling from Pauly — German Riesling? For real? Oh yes. Underrated for years (rightly so, the wines took a nosedive in quality for many years) the hot shot new breed are now making poised, DRY wines of great finesse and thrilling acidity. Once you pop German, you won't stop...
      Beaujolais from the village of Morgon — All Beaujolais is not created equal. Morgon is regarded as the top village, making wines of deeper structure and concentration than the rest of the region. Georges Descombes is one of the DADDIES, and when Gamay (the grape of Beaujolais) is this good, it drinks like good Pinot Noir. Think you know Beaujolais? Drink again...
      We have a host of new wines on the list, which will chime and sing in the warmer months. And yes, we have buckets load of good, super pale, elegant Provençal style rosé to drink over the summer months...