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  • What’s cooking @TheAvalon part 2, Sunday night supper club.

    Posted on December 15, 2015 by in blog

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    What’s cooking @TheAvalon part 2, Sunday night supper club.

    Reservations: hotelavalonbansko@gmail.com or 00359 74988399

     

    The Sunday night supper club includes two courses of home cooking, two glasses of special selection wine ( or 2 beers), served from 7:30pm to 8:30pm every Sunday night throughout the winter season, for 30bgn a head we think it is a bargain! 

    The supper club as a pop up has proved a huge success! Such a success that I’ve decided to make it a regular feature. Every Sunday night we’ll be putting on one of the menus below and choosing some of our favourite wines to go with it. If you have any dietary requirements let us know when you book and I can cook something special for you!

    supperclub chicken - CopyMenu week 1

    -Chicken breast, stuffing, peas, carrots, gravy and fondant potatoes

    -Red fruit pudding and vanilla ice cream. summer pudding - Copy

    supperclub lasagne1 - CopyMenu week 2

    -Wild mushroom lasagne with a bacon and balsamic salad.

    -Chocolate torte with Granny’s dark chocolate sauce. supperclub chocolate - Copy

    supperclub duck - Copy Menu week 3

    -Duck breast with a blueberry sauce,  potatoes and green beans in garlic and parsley.

     -Lemon tart and vanilla ice cream. supperclub lemon - Copy

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    Reservations: hotelavalonbansko@gmail.com or 00359 74988399

    The Wines.

    Bulgarian wine can be a bit hit and miss in Bansko which is a real tragedy as there are some gems out there. House draft wine can be surprisingly good and it’s worth asking for a taste before you order anything else as Bulgaria produces some blinders at under 5 pounds a litre. I’ve been shipping Bulgarian wines back to friends and family in the U.K. for a while now and I’d like to share some of our favourites with you.

    One of the hardest parts of my job is choosing wine, long boozy lunches with distributors, visits to wineries and the endless sampling, it can be a real challenge trying to find someone to drive! For the supper club we’ve picked 4 of the most highly acclaimed wineries in Bulgaria. They each come from very different backgrounds and have very different styles but the one thing they all have in common is a dedication to making the best wine their land can produce.

    Due to price we’ve had to choose some of the more restrained offerings from each estate but if you are shopping for something special all the wineries offer some amazing value at the higher end of their price ranges. Wines that would cost a fortune in France are very reasonable here!

    damianitza-weineDamianitza

    White 600 Sauvignon Blanc.

    Red Uniqato Melnik & Ruen.

    Damianitza was founded in 1940, and for over half a century produced wine in the pristine areas near Bulgaria’s Southern border. When it was purchased in 1997 the winery underwent a dramatic organizational and equipment overhaul.

    “The winery today is a bio dynamic modern facility employing advanced vinification techniques.”

    Damianitza is one of my favorite Bulgarian wineries. Not only does the wine taste great but Philip’s passion for working in harmony with nature and the seasons is an inspiration. The winery is also a farm producing some of the best chicken, pork and beef I have tasted since my childhood.  His depth of knowledge, especially when it comes to biodynamic farming, his passion for what he does  and his love of the soil would motivate the most hardcore towny to get his hands dirty!

    dragomir wineryDragomir

    White Sarva, Chardonnay and Dimyat.

    Red Sarva, Mavrud and Merlot.

    Nataliq Gadjeva and Konstantin Stoev strive to change the perception of Bulgarian wine. With wines that are attractive and interesting and a diversity of tastes among their brands they have definitely caught our attention.

    “For all of you who are interested in the production process of vinification of the grape we would like to invite you in our winery, which is situated in the very city of Plovdiv and it is only a few minutes away from the Old Town.” 

    If you are in Plovdiv any time soon it is well worth a visit!

     

    logo-edoardo-miroglio-wine-cellarEdoardo Miroglio

    White Blanc de Noirs

    Red Pinot noir

    Edoardo Miroglio winery is specialized in the production of quality white, rosé and red wines, as well as sparkling white and rosé wine (Traditional Method) , rakia and liqueurs. The major brands produced by the winery are: Elenovo, Edoardo Miroglio, Sant’Ilia, Soli and Saint Ilia Estate. As of 2013, Edoardo Miroglio winery obtained certification for organic vineyards and started producing 3 new organic wines.

    I’m yet to visit their winery but having tasted some of the offerings and heard a lot about the winery, boutique hotel and the restaurant they have there it won’t be long before I go!

    enira wineryEnira

    Red Cabernet by Enira

    Enira is legendary in Bulgaria. Just to get the land they wanted they had to negotiate with over 800 different owners! Their attention to detail and refusal to bottle anything other than the best means sometimes nothing is available for normal people to buy. Everything is done with the greatest respect for nature, the people, the vines and its fruit.  Their original mission was to produce wine for export, but the quality of the land, grapes and in the end the quality of the wine, created such local demand that little of their wine makes it out of Bulgaria. This is super premium wine made in the best tradition of Bordeaux.

    “I believe this is the philosophy of a Bordeaux resident – the intelligent collection of different sorts provides and brings a richer, more complex and harmonic wine. Today, many wines are sold which are labeled as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay… However, this is not what my wine culture is about.”

    Count Stephan von Neipperg

    Count Stephan von Neipperg was born in June 1957 in Schwaigern, Germany.

    He graduated Business, Economics and Politics in Paris, and later Winery and Oenology in Montpelier. He is the owner of six wine cellars in Bordeaux: Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe), La Mondotte (Saint-Emilion), Chateau Clos de l’Oratoire (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe), Chateau Peyreau (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru), Chateau d’Aiguilhe (Cotes de Castillon), and Clos Marsalette (Pessac-Leognan).

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