We all had a great evening at ‘The Five Alls’, Thursday 20th March and shamelessly worked our way through many bottles of wine. People enjoyed a lazy relaxed tasting journey around the Vineyards and Trattoria’s of Puglia and Sardinia with Vin Est Wine Merchants. The evening consisted of sharing plates of sun filled cooking and wines to match. At only a cost of £25 a head plus wines, it was money well spent.
Sharing Wine and Sebastian Snow’s superb menu for the evening
The Event –Italian Food and Wine Tasting Evening 20th March
The Venue – ‘The Five Alls’ Filkins
The Food :- everything was just delicious, as always:
- Sicilian brown lentil soup
- Aeolian spring salad of asparagus, broad beans, almonds, lemon and arugula
- Linguine with mussels, zafferano, chilli and courgette flowers
- Fritto misto with anchovy mayo
- Pecorino cheese with honey and poached pear or affogato
Conviviale Fiano, Puglia, Italy
According to Jancis Robinson, Fiano can produce an ageworthy wine that has to potential to develop in the bottle for several years after the vintage date. In its youth Fiano is often intensely flavoured and aromatic with honey notes that over time develop more spicy and nutty notes.
A crisp and spicy dry white with delicate floral aromas and hints of fennel and white peach. Medium bodied and fresh with zesty citrus fruit flavours and lightly tropical hints balanced by good acidity and with spicy, mineral notes on the finish. Pair with fish, shellfish or pasta dishes with light lemony sauces. 2012 Vintage: “Aromatic pear and flower notes. Easy-drinking wine, with plenty of citrus fruit and mineral characters.” Judges comments, DWWA 2013
Doricum Catarratto, Sicilia, Italy
Catarratto wines make for characterful, very enjoyable, fleshy whites. This one is a medium bodied white with savoury almond and floral scented notes, and ripe fruit characters. Textural – packed with stone fruit on the palate and an attractive fresh, crisp finish. Ideal with roast chicken or grilled fish dishes.
Cavalli Centro Grillo, Sicilia, Italy
Grillo, also known as Riddu and Rossesebianco, is a white Italian wine grape variety which withstands high temperatures and is widely used in Sicilian wine-making and, in particular, for Marsala. The Canapi Grillo has intense and typical bouquet, citron and tropical fruity palate, with perfectly balanced freshness. This wine is perfect for drinking on its own cold.
Pale lemon in colour. This wine is unoaked to preserve the aromatic qualities of the fruit. It has a lovely lime zest character on the nose, with full yet balanced fruit on the palate and a fresh, lifted character on the finish.
Vigneti del Salento ‘Terre del Sud’ Verdeca, Puglia, Italy
Verdeca is an Italian white grape variety grown mainly in Puglia, where it tends to be used in a lend, but when used on it’s own can produce minerally wines that tend to have a “flinty” note. The grape variety ripens very late and even in the very warm regions of Puglia tends to have fairly high acidity and green, vegetal notes. This wine is yellow in colour with green hues. Attractive aromas of white flowers, green apple and honey, this wine has a pleasant richness and body, while remaining fresh with aromatic appeal. Love this one!
‘Numen’ Chardonnay, Puglia, Italy
Rich, full, very tropical and spicy! Light gold in colour, this wine has a big texture in the mouth without being oaky. It is full-bodied and long-lasting, with notes of honey, pineapple and a slight essence of nutmeg. This is a truly unique chardonnay which lingers on the palate.
Ca’di Ponti Nero d’Avola, Sicilia, Italy
Nero d’Avolais “the most important red wine grape in Sicily and is one of Italy’s most important indigenous varieties. It is named after Avola in the far south of Sicily and its wines are compared to New World Shirazes, with sweet tannins and plum or peppery flavours. It also contributes to Marsala blends.
“Fresh, with lovely red fruits, then savoury and saline notes with grilled herbs, minerals, scorched earth and red berry flavours that linger. The fruit is well tamed, leading to a spicy finish. 91 points.”
Ian D’Agata, Decanter 2013
Conviviale Primitivo, Puglia, Italy
Primitivo (also known as Zinfandel) is a dark-skinned grape variety, that is classically high in alcohol and tannins.
This wine is warm, richly flavoured red with aromas of plums, dried fruits and sweet spices. On the palate it is generous with good concentration of ripe plum and black cherry fruit and hints of dried figs -all balanced by a silky smooth mouthfeel and fresh acidity. Easy drinking. A perfect partner to grilled meats, pasta dishes with meat or spicy sauces and hearty stews.
Giardinelli Vineyard, Salice Santino, Puglia, Italy
Negroamaro, is a red wine grape variety native to southern Italy. It is grown almost exclusively in Puglia and particularly in Salento, the peninsula which can be visualised as the “heel” of Italy. The grape can produce wines very deep in colour.
On this wine, the nose is ripe and openly fruity with hints of liquorice and raisins. The palate has a touch of spice, somewhat Syrah like, to balance the black fruit and ripe tannins – a wonderful balance of sweet ripeness and bitterness typical of Negro Amaro, held together by fresh acidity.
The perfect accompaniment to Italian pasta dishes with tomato. Also works with red meats, like hot
roast beef and grain mustard, spicy hearty pork sausages or guinea fowl in a rich sauce. Good too
with a casserole of beans or lentils.
Paolo Leo ‘Fiore di Vigna’ Primitivo, Puglia, Italy
Dark purple wine that has a dark scent of currants and ripe blackberries with a hint of oak on the noise. In the mouth it is explosive – sun-baked fruit flavours mingle with a slight herbaceousness and French oak for a powerful burst of flavour which lasts in the mouth. The finish is surprisingly long, with lasting notes of plum and spice. Delicious!
Tormaresca “Torcicoda” Primitivo, Puglia, Italy
100% Primitivo, this 2010 Tormaresca “Torcicoda” Primitivo saw the Primitivo grapes destined for it sourced from old vines in Tormaresca vineyards. Intense ruby red in the glass, with aromas of ripe plums with a hint of liquorice. On the palate, it is full bodied, dry and rich. Ripe and baked plum and cherry notes are layered to form the bulk of the palate of this 2010 Tormaresca “Torcicoda” Primitivo, along with subtle indications of clove spice and fig.
My (Mike) favourite wine: Paolo Leo ‘Fiore di Vigna’ Primitivo, Puglia, Italy………..bloody ell!
Really cannot wait to organise another region!!! All wines available at vin-est..online or in the store.