“Chardonnay is the Meryl Streep of wine”: Food and Wine Matching with Liam Campbell

It’s Thursday, it’s 5pm so that can only mean one thing: it’s wine o’clock! 

Liam Campbell

Liam Campbell is the resident wine expert and lecturer at Cooks Academy.  He attained his Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) back in 1995 and then went on to study a Master in Wine.

A Council Member of the Irish Guild of Sommeliers and Tasting Committee member, everyone who meets Liam tends to remark that they’re immediately struck with how genuine he is.

It’s safe to say that our students were in good hands.

To kickstart the evening, Liam invited the crowd to head down to our canapé table and take a look. 

Selection of canapés Jan 2016

Laid out before them was a grand selection, including Ballinwallin black pudding cider pops as well as outstanding Smoked Pheasant with Mushroom, Onion and Pecan Purée on a Wild Mushroom Tuile.

Closeup of salmon blinis

Salmon Cream Cheese Buckwheat Pancake

These magnificent canapés were all prepared by students on our Fáilte Ireland Commis Chef training course.

Fennel shots

Black pudding lollipops

Closeup mushroom tuile

“Wine is a living organism”, remarked Liam of the glass in front of him, “it has its youth, maturity and death”.

With wine glasses in hand, the students dipped into their Riesling and took a sip. Accompanied by the salmon blinis, there were looks of bliss on some faces to be seen.

Students talking about canapés
Students talking about their canapés

The chardonnay was served with cucumber and prawns wrapped with a delicious aioli, followed by the reds, Valpolicella and Montepulciano.

Selection of wines jan 2016

“Chardonnay is the Meryl Streep of wine”, mused Liam, “it’s Oscar winning!”

What’s wonderful about Liam is that he is so humble in his approach to wine. Like all good wine experts out there, he’s willing to part his knowledge with others.

Wine is a celebration, not a snobbery.

Parting ways with our merry bunch, we can’t wait to welcome Liam back to Cooks Academy on our next course.

If you’re interested in attending our Food and Wine Matching night with Liam Campbell, take a look at our upcoming dates on our website here.

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