Archives: March, 2017

Bold Is Beautiful: Woodfired Cooking & Wine Matching Workshop

Burnt mussels in pan

We are excited to announce that we are collaborating with Woodfired Canteen to deliver a unique event on 22nd April; a woodfired cooking and wine matching workshop.

Ben Quinn’s flavour-drenched woodfired food will meet its match, with inspired on-the-hoof selections from our maverick wine expert, Jon Keast.

Guests will gain first-hand experience of a range of woodfired techniques as they prepare a communal meal alongside Ben, before choosing wines to match their creations with the help of Jon.

Ben, who has made it his business to deliver memorable dining experiences in offbeat locations across Cornwall and beyond, is looking forward to demonstrating the craft of woodfired cooking:

“We’ll be breaking down prime cuts of meat, grilling fresh vegetables and creating punchy dressings. I’ll be showing our guests how to get the most flavour out of seasonal ingredients using the techniques of smoking, burning and grilling.”

Meanwhile Jon will be set the challenge of choosing a variety of wines to try alongside Ben’s dishes, aided by suggestions from guests.

Jon said: “I’ve got some idea of what Ben will be cooking, but I won’t know exactly until our guests arrive. I’m hoping that as a group we will come up with some creative wine matches – we have over 300 wines available at Scarlet Wines from all over the world, so it should be fun!”

He added: “Wine dinners can sometimes be slightly stuffy affairs, but this should be just the opposite. We are hoping for lively discussion and a great atmosphere – fuelled by wood fire and wine!”

The workshop starts at 6pm on 22nd April, here in the courtyard at Scarlet Wines. Tickets are £50pp including all food and drink, and spaces are very limited. Click here to book via Eventbrite.

Australia VS Cornwall Wine Dinner


We have teamed up with Porthminster Beach Café in St Ives to host a wine dinner which will bring together the best of Cornwall and Australia.

Guests are invited to indulge in the finest Cornish produce alongside award-winning Australia wines, in a seven-course tasting menu which has been designed by Michael Smith, Executive Chef at Porthminster Beach Café, and Jon Keast, owner of Scarlet Wines.

Jon commented: “Australia is producing some really exciting premium wines, full of regional and varietal character. We have selected wines from the likes of John Duval, Cullen and Grosset – top producers which are rarely seen on wine lists in the UK outside of London.

Michael, who is originally from Warrnambool in Victoria, is looking forward to showcasing some of his favourite Cornish ingredients (the menu includes giant surf clams, spring lamb, foraged seaweed and coastal greens) alongside iconic wines from his home patch.

He explained: “Jon and I both love Australian wines, and have each travelled to wine regions all over the country and visited many vineyards to sample and source wines. We’ve selected some of our greatest finds, and carefully matched them with dishes which complement their unique characteristics.”

The dinner will take place on the new terrace at Porthminster, and space is limited to 40 guests; early booking is advised. The seven-course dinner with matching wines is £60 per head. To book call 01736 795352.