Crostini with tomato-basil with Zucchi Yellow Label Lambrusco
A classic pairing! This Lambrusco is made near Modena by the talented Zucchi sisters. It is a blend of 70% Lambrusco Salamino and 30% Lambrusco di Sorbara, which leads to a paler style of Lambrusco. Frizzante and dry with intense red berry notes on the nose. In the mouth, flavours of cranberry, cherry, rhubarb and violets. The herbal and acidic elements of the dish should work well with the structure of this delightful wine.
Red Curry Fish Cakes with Cucumber Pickle with Cliffhanger Riesling
This Riesling has just a touch of sweetness to balance the racy acidity. Tropical notes of pineapple and mango with tons of flinty minerality. This should be a great pairing with the touch of sweetness helping to balance the spices in the dish and the high acid character of the wine working to handle the cucumber pickle element.
Shrimp, Feta and Watermelon with Lancyre Pic Saint Loup Rosé
Pink food, pink wine! This is one of my favourite rosés. 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Cinsault. Aromas of pomegranate, strawberry and watermelon. The palate is light, fresh and dry with a long, fruity finish.
Chicken Dodine with Tomato Butter, Amandine Potatoes, Stuffed Mushrooms and Sautéed Zucchini with Agricola Reassi Arché Merlot
In the Colli Euganei Merlot is considered a traditional variety, so long is it’s rich history there. This wine is crafted by the Bonato family, with grapes from their organic vineyards. Luckily for the consumer the wine is aged at the winery until it is deemed ready to drink, thus the 2012 vintage! Silky, smooth tannins and rich flavours of plum and herbs. A lovely combination with the chicken dodine.
Tarte Tatin with Chantilly Cream with Messias Special Reserve Tawny Port
A classic Tawny with aromas and flavour of dried figs, vanilla and baking spices. A sweet, smooth finish.