A note from Wine Rover’s Cathryn Bell…..
We’re off to Italy, with this fantastic menu from Temple Garner himself, and so I’ve kept the Italian theme with my wine choices here (except for the Champagne of course!).
The approach to the pairings with this menu differs slightly to previous menus, in that all of the acrobatics, happens in the procession of flavours from the snacks, right down to the meat mains, and so it is the sparkling and white wines that are the shapeshifters here, followed by the suave red, to gracefully take us home.
Goutorbe-Bouillot are a grower producer based in the Vallée de la Marne, where Pinot Meunier is King – which, you might have guessed by now, is my favourite Champagne grape!
This is led by the two red grapes, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, with a touch of Chardonnay and 30% of the blend is made up from a solera reserve wine, which the family started about 30 years ago. The inclusion of this reserve wine adds depth and richness to this Champagne, along with the savoury, red fruit profile that echo the sun-kissed flavours of the snacks so well.
This is a pet-nat style sparkling rosé from Emilia Romagna in northern Italy, and was made to be drunk sitting out in the sun in golden hour on a late summer evening! It’s made from the local grapes, such as Bonarda and Barbera, that were lightly pressed and fermented in stainless steel, before refermentation in the bottle, trapping the CO2 and all those lovely bubbles! It more than confidently matches the intensity of the snacks, with the touch of sweetness in its pot purri and fennel aromas, marrying perfectly with the sweet/savoury notes of the snacks.
A word of warning – this is a semi-sparkling style wine, so there is pressure under the cork. Make sure the wine is nicely chilled before opening and be prepared to gently tease the cork out for that “pop”!
Hailing from Veneto in north-eastern Italy, this wine is the perfect dance partner to our three courses after the snacks, starting with the porchetta and finishing with a waltz around the halibut main.
The grape here is called Garganega, which you will have met before if you enjoying drinking Soave. The soils in Colli Euganei are volcanic, which gives this wine a savouriness and tenacity – a particularly good match for the umami components in these dishes. Whilst light on its feet in alcohol, there’s a wonderful roundness to the mouthfeel and a golden fruit profile that veers off into the exotic with the cannelloni, before transporting us to sundown on the Mediterranean with the halibut main.
Play around with the temperature with this one – start off chilled with the porchetta and then leave it on the table to warm up slightly for the cannelloni, with a quick revisit to the fridge whilst the halibut is in the pan before serving.
Canalicchio di Sopra is not only one of the most prestigious producers of Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany, but perhaps one of the most generous too. All of the estate’s vineyard holdings of this special clone of Sangiovese, qualify as Brunello classification, the distinction in the wines of this estate therefore, is not a question of quality of grapes, but in the decision of how long the wines are aged for.
This Rosso has been aged for one year in Slavonian and French oak barrels and comes to us with all of the quality of its older Brunello siblings, a guarantee that cannot be said for most other Rosso offerings on the market today. In this wine, we have the opportunity to enjoy what this wonderful part of Tuscany has to offer – sophisticated elegance to glide through the richness of the meal and bringing a little romance to the proceedings along the way.
Please note we have limited supply so order asap to avoid disappointment.
Location for Click and Collect
San Lorenzo’s on South Great Georges Street.
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