The vast majority of wine drunk in the UK comes from just 9 countries and only 5 different varieties despite there being 21 wine producing countries in the EU alone and 150 “commercially important” (5000 otherwise) varieties grown. On Thursday 9th May we journey on the road less travelled to unearth new places and grapes to enjoy.
Thursday 17 September 2009
Dovehouse Parade Solihull
Italian Stallion Wines with Michael Palij (MW)
Followed by a three course meal @ Locanta
Thursday 17th September 2009
Michael Palij (MW) is joining us once again to wow us with his top range of Italian wines. Michael is world renowned for his knowledge on Italian wines. One of only 255 Master of Wines in the world he has written for Decanter magazine and Harpers on various Italian subjects including: The good the bad and the ugly - Italian vintages since 1970.
Most importantly Michael provides us with a fantastic portfolio of Italian wines and will be joining us for the evening to introduce enlighten and entertain you with a selection of his thoroughbred Italian Stallion wines.
The tasting will take place in our shop on Livery Street Jewellery Quarter Jewellery Quarter followed by a delicious Italian three course dinner at Locata on Ludgate Hill. Dinner includes more delectable Italian wines.
The total cost for the tasting with dinner will be £50 per person if you would like to opt for the tasting only this will be £25 per person.
Zucchetto Puro Fol. A father and son combination diligently produce top range Proseccos from a small holding of c. 12 acres situated within the DOC area of Prosecco di Valdobiaddene. Easier to drink the wine than to pronounce the region their Prosecco Puro Fol is one of the driest on the market. One can see why this area is soon to be elevated to DOCG status.
Inzolia Terra Firma. 2008 will be the second vintage of this popular line and one that Michael had a big hand in blending. His ability to retain the acidity of the grape has lead to a very attractive lightly citric wine which is a refreshing change from the over-alcoholic flabby numbers that were prevalent from Sicily.
Terrenzuola Vermentino. Michael’s favourite discovery this year! Although Vermentino enjoys a reputation in Sardinia it is less well-known in Tuscany from where this wine comes. A very structured wine grown in the most northerly point of Tuscany bordering on Liguria.
Terredora Greco di Tufo. Italy’s variety of grapes can be both a joy and an obstacle to many. The peach character of this grape might be reminiscent of the better-known Viognier and it’s worth being adventurous to seek this out. Complex full of flavour and very individual. The Greeks and Romans knew what they were doing when they planted their vineyards on the slopes of Campania.
La Monacesca verdiccio "Mirum". This is actually a riserva (although it sees no oak) and was first made in 1988. It cannot be released until two years following the vintage. A truly stunning wine that will delight and one that sums up Michael's expertise in finding such gems!
Nero d'Avola Terra Firma. Most Nero d'Avola comes from around Pachino in the south of Sicily: however Michael's careful blending with wine from the more northerly area of Palermo has given the structure and acidity. A very affordable pleasure.
Dogliani Siri d'Jermu Pecchenino. In Piedmont Dolcetto usually has to take third place in the grape hierarchy behind Nebbiolo and Barbera. However the Pecchenino family has treated this grape with the respect that others only give to Nebbiolo and produced a wine that helped the region to DOCG status.
Tintilla di Molise Cianfagna. The grape originally came from Spain before it was planted in Molise and inland region bordering on Abruzzo. Michael was totally intrigued by the wine given that even he hadn't heard of it before!
Brunello di Montalcino Renieri. The 2004 vintage is the second release of this wine from an estate that is part Marco Bacci's stable which also features the wonderful Castello di Bossi. No money spared and corners cut. This handsome wine will highlight his quest fro quality and will show why Brunello can reach the hieghts although others in the area have seen fit to tamper their blends with the illegal introduction of Merlot....
Wines served with Dinner
Trebbiano Nicodemi. Trebbiano has a chequered history and reputation. Ttrebbiano d'Abruzzo is the most characterful of the famliy and Alessandro Nicodemi has really captured the blossom and fruit that it can produce but it is so rarley seen in many other versions.
Lambrusco Graziano. Hard to believe that there was life before Pinot Grigio! In the 1980s Italy;s ubiquitious star was Lambrusco. Too often light and unsubstantial it was the vinous equivalent of a dizzy airhead. However amidst all the mass production there always remains one producer battling against the bog standard. This is an opportunity to taste what Lambrusco could and should be.
Starters (one of the following)
Bruchetta with Tomato Onion & Cheese
Mozzarella & Tomato Salad
Insalata Ceasar Salad with anchovies and Gylulai Sausage
Mushrooms Saute with Garlic Wine & Cream
Hummus Meze Plate
Prawns in Chilli and Garlic
Chicken Livers on Greens
Main Course (choose one of the following)
Mixed Grilled Meat Chicken minced beef balls and lamb served with aubergine & pepper slasa sour cream & pitta
Pollo Erbe Pomodori Chicken coated with bread crumbd topped with aubergine tomato & cheese sauce served with saute potatoes.
Sausage Meat Lasagne
Chicken Skewers grilled with onions and served with peppers and aubergine salsa salad & pitta.
Gamberoni Con Pepperoncini King Prawns with Chilli.
Crespolini Spinach and Cheese Pancake
Polpetti Meatballs with Penne Pasta.
Melanzane Parmagiana Slices of aubergine with tomato bechemel & pesto served with penne.
Grilled Hallumi with aubergines and tomato served with rice
Ciaffogato Cake with ice cream and coffee sauce
Monday 21 June 2010
Livery Street Jewellery Quarter Jewellery Quarter
We are delighted to announce that Thierry Matrot is once again visiting us! Thierry will be showing a range of his stunning wines from the Bourgogne Chardonnay through to 1er Cu Meursault and Puligny Montrachet.
The tasting will take place in our shop on Livery Street Jewellery Quarter Jewellery Quarter so numbers are limited. Last time Theirry visited the tasting sold out very quickly so I would urge you to book your places now.
Tickets will be £25 per person and as always your ticket will entitle you to some exclusive offers available at the tasting.
Wednesday 13 June 2012
Dovehouse Parade Solihull
As part of the Summer Tasting Series in our brand new Tasting Room we will be joined by Alban Degerin from Domaine Henri Bourgeois. Alban will be guiding you through a range of stunning Bourgeois wines from Sancerre and the surrounding regions.
Based in the town of Chavignol the Bourgeois family have been making wine in the region for ten generations and are now in possession of some of the premier vineyard sites in the region.
From mentions in early 14th Century Poland to Hogarth’s “Gin Alley” these two increasingly resurgent drinks are closely linked to national identities. On Tuesday 21st August at Dovehouse Paradewe present a chance to learn more about their histories and various styles and of course how to drink them properly. During the course of the evening we will present some of our personal favourites plus some cocktail suggestions on how best to enjoy them. This time tickets are £15 a head