If you like meat and you live in Leeds, then I imagine you would've already been to Fazenda.
If you haven't - you're seriously missing out and need to get your culo there, asap!
Fazenda is basically our favourite restaurant, in the whole of Leeds, and has been ever since it opened a few years ago. It was love at first taste. If you're a vegetarian, look away now, but if you could happily eat steak, juicy pork, beautifully cooked chicken and lamb (and as much as your stretchy pants will allow room for) accompanied by a wonderful gourmet salad bar, then this is the place for you.
On Monday, our friends at Fazenda kindly invited us to their Wine Masterclass. My boyfriend and I have been to one before and really, genuinely enjoyed it. We were so excited to experience the wonderful Fazenda hospitality again and discover some 'Hidden Gems' in terms of wine.
Now, when you think of a typical wine master class - you might expect it to be stuffy or even a bit 'uptight,' but this couldn't be further from the truth - this is such a down to earth evening. Even as complete wine novices (rosé tends to be as far as it goes) the easy to follow structure of the night & information sheets make for an enjoyable learning experience, as well as an amazing meal.
The host for the Hidden Gems night was Carl. He was very witty, open and knowledgeable about all the wines we were about to taste and was happy to answer any questions we had. He made the night so enjoyable and made everyone feel at ease. He's there again in August and we're already booked in for our next round! (It was that good).
can you tell I like pickles?
Unlike the usual lunch or dinner at Fazenda (aka. stuffing your face to hearts content) the meat comes in stages. So you will have chicken, pork and lighter meats with your white wine, followed by red meats such as fillet steak and lamb with your red wine. It's honestly so interesting to learn which wine goes with which meat and why. It's also really interesting to taste wines you may not necessarily be too keen on at first, but when you try it with different flavours of meat you may actually begin to prefer it to what you originally thought!
And don't be worried about running out - the meat is constantly flowing, in usual Fazenda style and if you finish a wine before the next round, there's always someone nearby offering a top up!
Overall, I couldn't recommend this experience enough. I think the most wonderful thing about it is that it's the same price as the normal Fazenda meal (£26.50), as the wine tasting is complimentary and they're held in both Leeds & Liverpool. So if you're up North and you're looking for a meal with a bit of a twist, I highly suggest giving this a go! It's a lot of fun, you get to try something new and you will leave completely stuffed & fairly tipsy. What's not to love?
Have you been to Fazenda before?
Would you attend a wine masterclass?
*although we were guests at Fazenda, I was not obliged/sponsored in any way to write this post, I just enjoyed the experience so much, I thought it was worth sharing!