Wine dinner and Music – Ivo Varbanov, Bulgaria

ivo-varbanov-logoWednesday 22nd November, 6:30pm for 7:00pm

Ivo Varbanov, owner and concert pianist
Sakar, Bulgaria

Head Chef – Kenneth Culhane

£85.00 per person
By reservation
(£50 per person deposit payable on booking)

Menu and Wines

Comté gougères
Dorset crab, miso and grapefruit

Four-hands piano recital from Ivo Varbanov and his wife, Fiammetta Tarli.

Charred mackerel tartare, cucumber, horseradish, crispy shallot, shiso dressing
Chardonnay 2015 “Passions d’Or”

Gateau of local mushrooms, Old Winchester cheese, black truffle sauce
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 “Emperor”

Root vegetable pot au feu, roasted cep, black olive and clementine crumble
Merlot/Syrah 2011 “Sheherazade”

Roast mallard, juniper and umeboshi plum, smoked mash, Poivrade Sauce
Syrah 2013 “The Firebird”

Santarém 65% chocolate, Marselan and beetroot reduction, malt ice cream
Marselan Late Harvest 2011 “Arquelin”

Petits Fours

All wine will be served in 125ml measures, sweet wines 75ml

Some dishes may contain traces of nuts / Vegetarian menu available
Food Allergies and Intolerances: Before you order your food and drinks please speak to our staff if you have an allergy and want to know about our ingredients

ivo-varbanovAn evening of music, wine and food.

Canapes and aperitifs will be served, followed by a short four-hands piano recital from Ivo Varbanov and his wife, Fiammetta Tarli. Dinner will then be served, and Ivo will talk about his wonderful wines during the evening.

Ivo Varbanov is a classical pianist, residing in England, who several years ago decided to cultivate a vineyard in his native country. After much searching he chose an area around South Sakar Mountain, around the village of Izvorovo. In 2006, he purchased 13 ha of land, of which 7 ha are currently planted with Syrah, Marselan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Petit Manseng, Chardonnay and Fiano. Ivo Varbanov’s goal is to produce wines, which truly reflect the terroir of the area, which he considers to be one of the best regions on the Balkans. The winemaking process occurs at the Bratanovi Winery. Winemaking was managed by Galya Krusteva and Maria Stoeva with flying winemakers from New Zealand (Hayden Penny and Jess Weaver), Hungary (Richard Labnacz), and Italy (Amedeo Albano), and consulting from Andrea Macchia and Luca D’Attoma. The concept and direction of the wines belongs solely to Ivo. Using organic and biodynamic agricultural practices, the vineyards naturally have small harvest yields. The Ivo Varbanov wines have the capabilities to produce between to 15 000 – 20 000 bottles per year, depending on the year, the experiments and the cultivation methods.

“We are a young and dynamic team striving for perfection. Our passion and commitment is to creating wines of the highest possible quality with a great respect for nature. We are wine lovers ourselves and nothing gives us greater pleasure than to please and challenge the palates, senses and intellects of our friends and customers.”

Ivo Varbanov is a leading figure of Bulgarian music and culture abroad. After a forced stop from performing from 2009 to 2012 due to Leukaemia he has returned to the stage with impressive performances at Royal Festival Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, King’s Place in the Brahms Unwrapped season, and at Cadogan Hall.

He is a recipient of the Ivan Vazov Award for the popularisation of Bulgarian Culture abroad, and in 2011 he was also awarded the Silver Lion Award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His performances have been broadcast on Bulgarian National Radio, BBC Radio, RAI 3, Classic FM+, Spanish National Radio, Slovak National Radio, Bulgarian National TV, BTV, and TV Bulgaria.

In the last two seasons he is performing in Bulgaria, Slovakia, Poland, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Austria and an 8 concert tour of the United Kingdom. He is recording a further 2 albums for ICSM Records and a recording of the Dimitar Nenov Piano Concerto and Ballade for Piano and Orchestra No 2 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Maestro Emil Tabakov for Hyperion Records.