A match made in heaven

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I was lucky enough recently to be invited along by a friend to a Winestyle event at the renowned Melbourne restaurant, The Botanical.

Botanical wine matching mains

Duck leg stuffed with pork farce with a chestnut puree, potato fondant, pistachio, baby fennel with a madeira jus.

The evening was showcasing a number of Italian wines, from the winery Vietti with winemaker Luca Currado in attendance to tell us all about his family business.

Currado studied wine making in Burgundy and Bordeaux under Clerc Milon and Mounton before travelling to the USA and working in leading wineries such as Long Vineyard, Simi, Opus One and Ponzi,

After this he returned to the family vineyard and has been there ever since working alongside his Father, Alfredo.

His stories of life on the vineyard were both entertaining and very interesting.

The sumptuous three-course meal prepared by The Botanical was accompanied by two or three wines for each course and a glass of champagne beforehand.

I am not normally a huge champagne drinker, but this 2013 Roero Arneis was so smooth and lightly sparkling, that even I enjoyed every drop!

The first course was an entrée of chicken liver parfait with toasted brioche and cornichons, which was a perfect way to start the evening. The parfait was creamy and rich and the sour cornichons complimented it beautifully.

The two wines we tried were the 2011 Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne and the 2010 Barbera d’Alba Scarrone. Currado told us to taste the wines before we tasted the food and then try them again after we had eaten something and see how much the taste varied. And he was definitely



right! The wine tasted completely different when paired with food, than when it was drunk on its own. Currado also said that Italian red wine is all made to be consumed with food, as there is not really a drinking culture in Europe like there is here- it is all designed to have a glass or two to compliment the food you are eating.

The main was a duck leg stuffed with pork farce with a chestnut puree, potato fondant, pistachio, baby fennel with a madeira jus. The duck was wonderfully juicy and cooked to perfection, with all the little elements working beautifully together, dotted prettily around the plate. To accompany this, there were also share plates of triple cooked chips and a mixed leaf salad, which rounded out the meal nicely.

There were three wines paired with this course (all red), which were the 2011 Perbacco Nebbiolo Langhe, a 2010 Barolo Castiglione and a 2009 Barolo Lazzarito Serralungha d’Alba. They were all very different, some heavier than others but all delicious in their own right.

Dessert was a chocolate and beetroot moelleux, sour cherries, milk chocolate mousse with cinnamon ice

Amy enjoying some Barolo!

Amy enjoying some Barolo!

cream. This was heavenly for a chocoholic such as myself and paired with a 2013 Moscato d’Asti La Cascinetta.

I never, ever normally go near sweet wines such as moscato, but this was unlike any moscato I have ever had before. It was lightly sparkling and sweet without being sickly. It was simply divine and I would be happy to drink it anytime.

The evening with finished off with coffee and petit fours (if you could fit them in) and Currado bid us goodnight with the opportunity to purchase any of the wines that we wanted. The food and wine were both superb and it made me think about wine in a way I never have before.

169 Domain Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
(03) 9820 7888

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