I’m somewhat of a creature of habit when it comes to wine. I love a glass but I tend to stick with what I know (usually a Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough if it’s white and a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon if it’s red). So when I was invited to wine tasting at Veeno along with some other Leeds food bloggers it was the perfect opportunity to broaden my wine horizons!
Veeno is a cute little Italian wine cafe in Leeds city centre, the owners explained the concept all stemmed from wanting somewhere people could relax with a good wine and some quality food. All of the wine is produced in their family vineyard in Sicily so they know it inside out.
The wine tasting we had was the Classic which included 2 whites, 3 reds, a dessert wine and complementing nibbles accompanying each one. Really good value for £19.90. On a money note, across the menu the wine is ridiculously reasonably priced, you can get a decent bottle for as little as £10.90.
We tried (in order) the House White Dry, the Fruitiest White, the Smoothest Red, the Classic Red, the Elegant Red and Marsala. My favourite of the whites was definitely the Fruity one, I found the House White Dry a bit thin for my taste. All of the reds were delicious but the Classic just about pipped the others to the post. Really deep, rich flavours and an absolute steal at £15.90. I have to say I wasn’t a fan of the marsala wine, generally I’m not a sweet wine drinker though so as the old saying goes “It’s not you, it’s me.” The staff were all very knowledgeable about the wine so I’ve no doubt if you chatted to them they’d always be able to recommend one that suited your tastes.
Each of the glasses of wine is also paired with a nibble titbit. We had a platter with cheese, olives, bread, olive oil cold meats… The foods were all of an excellent quality. Highlights were the incredible olive oil, bread with tapenade, cheese (obviously) and parma ham. I loved that there was a food pairing and it’s made me think I should explore it more in the future rather than just buying a bottle of our fav regardless of what we’re eating. I would say though if you’re doing this wine tasting that it’s definitely more appetizers rather than a replacement for a meal so either eat before or eat after!
The wine tasting was very relaxed and you can go at your own pace which makes it feel informal, more having a catch up with friends over lots of very nice glasses of wine! And at £20 with nibbles it feels very accessible too for an evening out.
I’d never really had Veeno on my radar before however it’s absolutely going to be somewhere I suggest to friends if we’re going out for a drink!
The wine tasting was complimentary, views are my own though.