Wednesday, 18 August 2010
On a clear winter night, with the sun just setting over the vineyards of Marlborough our group of 30 people enjoyed a wonderful evening tasting wine from the fabulous Piemonte region of Italy with the very knowledgeable Simon Kelly from Lubrication wines. The venue for the evening was the Italian inspired BEC Luxury Lodge which is run by husband and wife duo Dave & Sarah Anderson.
Simon started the evening with a tasting of his white wine “Arneis”, which is currently sold out awaiting his next shipment then moved into the very big red wines that were delightfully different from what we are usually able to try here in NZ.
The wines tasted were:
Monchiero Carbone Recit Arneis 2009
Dolcetto d’Alba ‘Bric Del Salto’ DOC 2008
Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2008
Barbera d’Alba ‘Pairolero’ DOC 2007
Barbaresco ‘Curra’ DOCG 2005
Barbaresco ‘Pajore’ DOCG 2006
Tamara (Simon’s partner) who has lived in Italy and is a wine maker herself at Yealands in Marlborough created a wonderful assortment of traditional Italian “Cincetti” (Like tapas) to accompany the wines. Our taste buds were treated to her fresh foccacia, arancini balls and chicken liver on crostini while Lodge chef Dave created a traditional pumpkin gnocchi with burnt sage butter as well as tiramisu, both from Sarah’s (nee Gianelly) Italian family recipes. Also to enjoy was a selection of Italian cured meats and salami from local artisan butchery ‘The Village Butcher’.
A hugely successful night of Italian indulgence was had by all and many requests to repeat the event at some time in the future. A big thank you to Simon Kelly for his wonderful wines and presentation and to Tamara for her gorgeous food! Wines can be purchased through Simon Kelly www.lubricationwines.com and we look forward to many more successful events at BEC Luxury Lodge www.beclodge.co.nz