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Veronika Jordon samples the new Simple Classics menu at Hotel Du Vin. crack

Hotel Du Vin launched a new Simple Classics menu earlier this summer with Chef Paul Mottram choosing three starters, three main courses and three desserts and Head Sommelier Roberto Zanco selecting the wines to accompany each.

The result is a perfect partnership between wine and food, which I was lucky enough to sample at a taster evening.

For the starters, a Vernaccia di San Gimignano from Tuscany accompanied a Vichyssoise, while Roberto had chosen a Forget-Brimont Brut Rosé from the Champagne region of France to go with the Ballotine of Salmon and a Torrontés to go with the Scallop Ceviche.

Torrontés is the characteristic white wine grape of Argentina, which produces a fresh, aromatic white wine and was definitely my favourite of all the wines we sampled. The starters were all delicious and I particularly enjoyed the Salmon, but the Scallop Ceviche appeared to be the winner with the rest of the table.

For the main course we sampled another three wines individually selected by Roberto to go with the food. A Viognier from Languedoc complemented the Bouillabaisse (which was to die for) while the Goosnargh Chicken Bourgogne was served with a Pinot Noir.

Finally we tasted the Calves Liver - an acquired taste, which I am afraid to say I haven’t yet acquired - which was paired with an Austrian Zweigelt. We Brits don’t often order dessert wine so the final course proved interesting. A Clairette de Die from the Rhône Valley was chosen to go with the Yoghurt and Buttermilk Pannacotta with black figs and honey – this was gorgeous and very different from the usual raspberry or other berry fruit pannacotta – a Moscatel from Spain went beautifully with the Lemon and Raspberry Dacquoise and a Zibibbo from Sicily accompanied the Crêpes Suzette.

All the dessert wines were surprisingly delicious and made me consider ordering dessert wine in the future. The wines we tried were only a small sample of the impressive offering that Hotel Du Vin boasts.

The simple classics menu is available throughout September, but there are also other menus available including Food for Thought - two people, two courses, a bottle of wine and coffee at the amazing price of only £35. This is available for either lunch or dinner – you simply need to download a voucher from the website at: before you go.

Hotel Du Vin is in Parabola Road, Cheltenham GL50 3AQ

Telephone 01242 588 450 to book a table.