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A Seasonally Tailored Tasting for Thomas Pink
I don't work to a script but had a few vague ideas in my head for our evening at Thomas Pink a while back. We went back to take some photos of the wines and matched items and I've included the (vaguely) relevant notes for edification.
"We have explored the parallels between fine and tailoring before with our good friend Tim Everest so were delighted when Thomas Pink suggested a collaboration. Working with the best materials, the requirement of vision and innovation, the importance of craftsmanship, awareness of the seasons, and where details are all important and what distinguishes great wines and tailoring from the merely good. As Thomas Pink have recently launched their wonderful smoking coat in brand new “bottle green” – it’s appropriate to say hello with a wine tasting. Moving forward I’ll try to ensure my associations and analogies will be less superficial than that one!"
The most aristocratic of Champagnes
- very appropriate given Thomas Pink’s illustrious history as designer of the iconic red hunting coat that still denotes that most aristocratic of country pursuits (even if to quote Wilde it’s the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable). Like one’s tailor, your Champagne is passed on from generation to generation. Also – Krug is the best example of craftsmanship – 220 vins clairs go in to its construction. It is the ultimate act of bespoke. At the same time – there is playfulness present in both - Krug’s Art of Happiness, Thomas Pink's casual items – natty mustard knitwear a case in point.
New Zealand’s best Sauvignon Blanc from another icon – Cloudy Bay who is to New Zealand SB what Thomas Pink is to shirts. Bold, dynamic, pushing the boundaries, intense, great depth of colour and texture - and certainly not cheap. Associated with zippy green character – fresh mown hay and gooseberry – it points us in the direction of the crisp white shirt with vivacious rich green accessories.
Chene Bleu. Rich, soft, almost “blowsy”, multi-layered – this is the 170, 200 or even bespoke Sea Island quality of wine. Has great expansive opulent mouthfeel, like texture of a great shirt, at same time all pulled in balance by crisp lines as we are at 550m, and perfectly tailored as deliberately north facing to avoid excessive ripeness. Just as the Indies rise from the ocean so Mont Ventoux appears through the autumnal mists as an island in the Provencal skies...
Bourgogne Rouge, J & S Raphanaud Burgundy is arguably the most seductive and feminine of all the world’s great red wines and yet has a refreshing steely core of bracing acidity and great aristocratic history – hence it’s the perfect choice whilst wearing your Darcy Shirt – unmistakeably female beneath the manly lines, and reminiscent of appealing nobility.
Ripasso di Valpolicella, La Giaretta. This is the great turning season wine, a supercharged Valpolicella with a degree of Amarone character. A sinewy red, perfect with game – the liquid version of autumn. The smell of hedgerows and super ripe berries – it’s a walk in the countryside in one’s Harris Tweeds.
Chateau Musar. Exotic, unexpected, walks to beat of its own drum yet very easy to appreciate. Style and substance and a little bit of individuality. It’s a more masculine version of Brideshead’s Anthony Blanche. It takes traditional components (the grapes of Bordeaux and the Rhone) and blends them in such a way to give something unique but with universal appeal.
Herbert Hall Rosé. It's Pink and resolutely English - a pertinent way to conclude. It's the very latest and trendiest of England’s rosé’s sold only in Fortnums, Harrods and by ourselves. Refreshing, vivacious – a cheeky celebration of the best of UK heritage. Should of course be drunk whilst wearing one of the Fab Four shirts on display.
Published on: July 6, 2015