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Restaurant: Wine Tasting at Veeno – Northgate Street, Chester

Oh it’s good to be back in Chester! This weekend we made the most of an extra night at home on the Sunday as we were invited along to Veeno, the first Italian wine cafe chain, located on Northgate Street. With a growing presence across the UK, they serve the most incredible and wide range of Sicilian wines and sputuni, as authentically as it gets. The Caruso & Minini wines we spent the evening trying came directly from their Sicilian vineyards, along with a platter of meats, cheeses and breads – all especially paired with each wine.

With a welcome Aperol spritz cocktail, we were introduced to the two whites, a rose and two reds which we would be trying, kicking things off with a Grillo, their driest of the white wines. The buffalo mozzarella went perfectly with this one, with the strong cheese taste making the dry wine much easier to drink and the flavours of both were heightened by the other. 

Sicily is the perfect location for the vineyard as the climate almost stays the same throughout the year. This means that the wine’s taste is consistent, although we learnt that where about on the vineyard itself can change the taste. The grapes for the drier wines are grown at the highest point in the vineyard as it is here where there is most sunlight, and they are never watered. 

The second of the white wines was quite similar, although sweeter and with hints of spice. With Sicily being home to Mount Etna, any volcanic eruptions taking place here just makes the wine that bit more incredible. The ash mixes with the rocks and allows plants to absorb plenty of water through the roots, and it is which gives this wine its spice. 

If that’s too much Science for you, then all you need to know is that it is amazing with parmesan and balsamic glaze!

Jessica loves rose wine, however this one didn’t seem at all familiar or taste like ones she has had in the past. It was because at this point we learnt that there is absolutely no sugar in anyone of Veeno’s wines, which is a lot more than can be said about what is stocked in UK supermarkets. Cheese and wine in the UK is a cheat day treat, but in Italy, it’s an everyday thing and part of their magnificent culture. It’s a little bit more acceptable when there is no sugar and the cheeses aren’t full of bad fats.

But in fact Sicilians don’t drink much rose wine at all, and we tried the only one of its type that Veeno stocks. The strawberry, pomegranate and cherry flavours were an absolute delight, and the smoked parma ham made it extra special.

Now on the reds, which neither of us are usually massive fans of, but we may just have been converted now. The first was a Perricone – strong, deep, and with hints of liquorish, it wasn’t one which we expected to think much of, but actually Jessica said she preferred it to the rose – and that was definitely a shock!

But the strongest and most expensive wine was saved until last. At a grand £8.50 for a small glass is the reserva Gorgonzola, a red that is high in tannins and hits the back of the throat immediately. Aged for 10 months in the barrel and 6 months in the bottle, it is also the wine with the lengthiest making process. Perhaps not one we’d go back for, but it was certainly interesting to try and say we’ve had the widest variety of wines we could possibly hope for!

But that wasn’t all, along with a dessert wine was Tirimasu – homemade with a secret recipe and for a change, no alcohol! It was the perfect way to end a fantastic evening, and we can’t thank Veeno enough for having us along! Also, big shout out to our waitress Hannah, who knew every last detail about all that was in our glasses and on our plates. We had an incredible service all night.

They have cafe’s up and down the UK, and you can find your nearest one on their website, along with more details about their wines and story. 

Grazie!

Food & Wine: ★★★★★

Customer service: ★★★★★

Atmosphere: ★★★

Toilets: ★★★

Disclaimer: we were invited to the restaurant for a complimentary wine tasting experience in exchange for a review. As always, all our opinions and photos are our own.

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28 Comments

  1. Sophie Wentworth
    November 4, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    This all looks and sounds incredible! I've always wanted to go wine tasting but sadly it's yet to happen. It looks like a lovely atmosphere too x Sophie http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 10:57 pm

      You should really go for it – it's so worth it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  2. abbeylouisarose
    November 5, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Wow, I definitely need to head down to my local Veeno in Leicester because all of this looks absolutely fantastic! I am impressed that they had a red wine good enough to win over the rosé loving Jessica – that's a good enough endorsement for me! All of the food looks divine as well, especially that delectable tiramisu!Abbey 💓 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 10:59 pm

      Yes you really do – it's such a fab place for a casual drink or a date even. Such great vibes!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  3. Girl In Gamba
    November 6, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    The photos are gorgeous as usual! This looks like such a nice wine tasting. However, my to the food, of course! I've been to a few wine tastings, but I don't think the food pairings selection has been this nice. That tiramisu looks to die for!-GGwww.girlingamba.com

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 11:00 pm

      This was our first and surely won't be our last! The food pairing made it extra special!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  4. kayleigh Zara
    November 6, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    This sounds absolutely amazing and the aperol spritz looks amazing! I recently tried one when in Venice for the first time x

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 11:01 pm

      Ugh we can't wait to go to Italy and do this everyday there!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  5. Corinne & Kirsty
    November 6, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    OMG I am so jealous! I would love to do some wine tasting and get to eat some amazing italian food! everything looks so good! this is making me super hungry ahah xx corinne

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      It was such a great experience – we'd highly recommend it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  6. Kim K Photography
    November 6, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    This all looks amazing! And my god does that Cafe look so cosy 😍 I wish I drank because I reckon I would quite enjoy wine 💖

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 11:03 pm

      We've only recently got into wine but this would make such a great present for those who do drink!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  7. HannahLoveBook
    November 6, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    I always think wine tasting looks so much fun especially when your getting to try and eat some tasty food! And tasty italian food is especially good! Love your photographs as always, absolutely stunning! acupofwonderland.wordpress.com

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 11:04 pm

      Anything Italian is life and this was absolute perfection Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  8. Emma Blogger
    November 6, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Love the pictures, I love a good tiramisu looks delicious. I need to go wine tasting never been yet 💕

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      It was the cherry on top of the whole experience!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  9. Abbie
    November 6, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    I so wish I was a wine drinker! I love the sound of some wines and always think I would love to try them but I know I just wouldn't like them. There is a bar that does a really nice sounding wine but I just know I wouldn't end up liking it. If I was a wine person though this would be up my street!Abbieoverpeachchic.com

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 11:09 pm

      I never used to be a wine drinker – but I don't even know how I ended up being a very casual wine drinker! Try it, I'm sure you'd be the same!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  10. Rachael Shortt
    November 6, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    Oh wow this sounds incredible! You tried so many different types and that's amazing that none of the wines have any sugar! I'd definitely be intrigued to try a wine like that!PaleGirlRambling xohttp://palegirlrambling.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 11:12 pm

      It's so great to try traditional Italian wine and the no sugar is the reason why they can have it so much without gaining weight!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  11. Lisabeth Westwood
    November 6, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Oh that all sounds so delicious – I'm feeling ready for dinner now! That tiramisu looks incredible; I'll definitely check out if they have a venue close to me!Lisabeth

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 11:14 pm

      It was a fab experience and you should totally see if there is one near you!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  12. Simply Untamed Natonya
    November 6, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    I really want to try a wine tasting! Dessert looks absolutely scrumptious! 🙂

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 11:17 pm

      You should – it's such a great experience if you're a wine lover!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  13. Kate Winthrop
    November 12, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Ooh I must must check out if there's a Veeno in London – we have similar ones round by us! That platter looks absolutely delicious, it looks so cosy in there, the perfect stop for a big vino and some yummy food! Kate x http://www.findingkate.co

    • Food and Baker
      November 15, 2017 / 11:17 pm

      I'm not actually sure if there is one here, haven't checked funnily enough! But let me know if you do find one, we should defo go!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  14. Lifethrough Tsg
    November 15, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    This place looks incredible! I love the photos, and that Apple spritz cocktail looks right up my street!Love Hayley XLifethroughtsg.com

    • Food and Baker
      November 15, 2017 / 11:20 pm

      It really was, we'd defo recommend it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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