Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Puglia Wine Tasting Dinner

Putney, London, England - Wednesday 25-May-2011

This meal was an opportunity to introduce our friends Tim and Sarah to the fine restaurant Enoteca Turi and get ourselves in the mood for our forthcoming trip to Puglia. As always, superb food and wine. This must be our 10th or 11th wine dinner there (plus a couple of "normal" meals).

To quote from the blurb "Peter McCombie, journalist, wine writer, consultant and one of the highest authorities on Italian wine, will explore the expression of these grapes [Primitivo, Negroamaro and Nero di Troia] in different styles, accompanied by a Puglian feast researched by Giuseppe and Head Chef Massimo"

These three varietals [Primitivo, Negroamaro and Nero di Troia] are local and endemic in Puglia but not so well known elsewhere - apart from the Primitivo which the Americans know as Zinfandel but, in my view, tastes so much better in the Italian version.

As well as being knowledgeable (as you would expect from an MW he had some sensible things to say about enjoying wine. So we did :-)

Tormaresca Masseria Maime Salento IGT, Puglia, Italy

Apulian tastes
Negroamaro IGT 2008 Il Meridione
Selection of antipasti
Aubergine involtini with scamorza, burrata and Altamura bread bruschetta
Primitivo del Salento IGT 2008 Pietrafitta
Orecchiette con cacio ricotta, rucola e pomodoro
Orecchiette with cacio ricotta, rocket and fresh tomato sauce
Il Falcone DOC Riserva 2005 Rivera
Agnello arrosto con olive e patate, pecorino e pan grattato, zucchine alla poverella
Roast organic Rhug estate new season lamb with potato and olives,
courgette poverella and toasted breadcrumbs
Le Cruste nero di Troia IGT 2005 Alberto Longo
Maime Negroamaro IGT 2006 Tormaresca
Formaggi pugliese
A selection of artisan Apulian cheeses
ES Primitivo di Manduria 2008 Gianfranco Fino
Coffee with almond nougatine sticks

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