Wine Tasting at The Lansdowne – Mother India’s Cafe

the lansdowne

I spent a very enjoyable and informative evening when I went along to a wine tasting event at The Lansdowne Restaurant – Mother India’s Cafe at Kelvinbridge..  My friend Issi didn’t make it as there was a massive snarl up on the Clydeside Expressway and she was stuck down there.  I was a bit late getting there myself because of the extra demand on taxis.

leeanne the lansdowne

However, I was made very welcome and Carlos ushered me to a seat at a large table where I joined some of the Mother India staff. They were absolutely charming and it was a very convivial evening.

lesley ranald

(Lesley Inglis Alliance Wines and Ranald MacColl West End Artist, Cartoonist and Designer)

Lesley Inglis of Alliance Wine did a very good job describing not only the wines but each of the wineries where they had been produced.

komal and sana

(Sana and Komal)

In all we sampled six wines:

White Wines

Loureiro – Vinhe Verde from Portugal – fragrant and light. Good to have with fish dishes.

Chenin Blanc, Raats Family Wines, South Africa.  Lesley recommended this to accompany fish or seafood dishes.  I am not really much of an expert on wines but Mairead, the lovely young woman I was sitting beside, really liked the second wine.


Nautilus Rose´La Tour Melas from Greece had a particularly interesting description –  close associations with nature and the cycles of the moon.


Shiraz, The Mimic, a Spanish wine gained its name as it masquerades as an Australian wine. Recommended for its great value and ‘a big ripe flavour’  – perfect to accompany red meat.

Rioja, Finca Manzanos another Spanish Wine also recommended for its value and to accompany lamb dishes.  Lesley was particularly impressed by this ‘spotless’ winery owned by two brothers, Victor and David.

Malbec, Valle de Uco, Argentina – this was a lovely dark coloured wine described as ‘elegant’ and perfect to accompany beef dishes.  This wine was particularly popular at our table.

It was certainly a great opportunity to sample different wines, all of which can be purchased at The Lansdowne.  David, Carlos and the staff made sure we were served not just with the various wines but with lovely canapes. Later we enjoyed some of The Lansdowne’s delicious tapas. I had my favourite Lamb and Ginger Dish with Peshwari Nan.

Next time we go along I’ll definitely have a glass of Malbec and will opt for a beef dish.

It was a super event with a great atmosphere and the restaurant full to capacity.  It was lovely to meet Mairead and David, Komal, Sana and Leeanne and to see some familiar faces, Ranald MacColl and, of course, hosts Smeena and Monir Mohammed.

I really can’t recommend The Lansdowne enough. Definitely one of my favourite Glasgow Restaurants.

Pat Byrne, November, 2019

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