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Report: Italy's Greatest Hits Wine Dinner November 15, 2007
at The Globe, Topsham

Tasting great wines is serious work! Liz and James keep a careful eye on proceedings.

Our "Italy's Greatest Hits" wine tasting and dinner was an opportunity for a small group to enjoy some of Italy's greatest wines alongside a tasting menu of small dishes carefully created by Liz Hodges and her head chef James Clark, chosen to match the wines. Twelve of us sat down around a spacious and beautifully laid table. With this small number, it was almost more like a private dinner party than a group wine tasting, and the conversation and sometimes hilarious laughter flowed as easily as the wines. And what wines! Tignanello 2003 was the highlight of the tasting, remarkable for its combination of concentration, power and elegance, but all the other wines showed very well, too. Here's the tasting menu with food and wine notes:

Monkfish and king prawn medallion with pesto dressing
Ceretto Arneis Blangé 2005

"A good start to the tasting menu: lovely plate of juicy monkfish and a grilled king prawn, dressed with a garlicky basil pesto - Bruno Ceretto's Arneis Blangé is a very stylish wine with a luscious, creamy pear fruit and a persistent, long finish."


Pan-fried scallops on lentils
Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale 2004


Carpaccio with walnut and rocket salad
Donatella Cinelli Colombini Rosso di Montalcino 2002


Pork and pistachio terrine with tomato jus
Cascina Fontana Barolo 2002


Mini lamb hot pot
Tignanello 2003


Cheese duo: Harbourne Blue and Trelawney
Serego Alighieri Vaio Armaron Amarone della Valpolicella 2001


Chocolate pot and brulée taster
Maculan Dindarello Moscato Giallo passito 2005

Well done, James and Liz! Well done to all our winemaker friends for crafting such magnificent wines!

If you are interested in joining us for our next Club Vino wine dinner, please contact Marc and Kim


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