Roast loin of highland venison, celeriac and truffle puree, caramelized pumpkin and poached Williams pear, venison jus, Pays d'Oc dinner at Gauthier Soho

Pays d’Oc IGP wine tasting dinner

Menu from an evening at Gauthier Soho to taste a selection of the best wines from Pays d’Oc IGP in the South of France followed by dinner prepared by the chef (Read my profile on Languedoc Wines here):

Mas des Dames Blanc 2011

Domaines Paul Mas, Mas des Tannes Réserve Blanc 2011

Domaine d’Aigues Belles, l’Autre Blanc 2011

Gérard Bertrand, Cigalus Blanc 2010

Domaines Paul Mas, Vermentino 2011

Domaine Bégude, Pinot Rosé 2011

Domaine Gayda, Figure Libre Cabernet Franc 2010

Domaine de Brau, Pure Petit Verdot 2011

Domaine de Gourgazaud, Quintus 2010

Le Grand Noir, GSM 2010

Les Vignes de l’Arque, Saveur d’Automne 2010

A selection of hot and cold canapés

Almond, foie gras and red plum, celery and ginger cream, port jus reduction

Black winter truffle risotto, brown butter

Roast loin of highland venison, celeriac and truffle puree, caramelized pumpkin and poached Williams pear, venison jus

Domaine Gayda, Chemin de Moscou 2010

Le Louis de Noël, roll of crunchy praline, soft biscuit and white chocolate, vanilla and gold coat

Mas de Madame, Elégance 2006

Coffee, mince pies and chocolate truffles

Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.

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