Date: Monday 10th August
Time: 7pm to 8pm
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In this second of a two-part series, buyer Sarah Knowles MW invites you to celebrate our Italian wine offer with a live ‘eat-and-drink-along’. Join her as she pairs two simple but delicious recipes paired with a trio of wines from the offer for each (the first session on white, the second on red).
This session on reds might be considered ‘cheating’ as it requires no ‘real’ cooking, but if presented beautifully this is a real treat of a dinner, especially as you won’t get hot and flustered with boiling pans of pasta on a scorching day (a bonus in our book!).
Of course, you don’t need to have the recommended wines and food to enjoy this session, although hopefully you’ll have an Italian red to hand!
If you do wish to follow the specific wines and Sarah’s top tips on antipasti, the details are below:
Trio of Red Wines:
Salice Salentino Riserva Vallone 2016, IT29591
The Society's Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018, IT27701
The Society's Sicilian Reserve Red 2016, IT28721
There are obviously no rules when it comes to antipasti – but I think it’s most satisfying to cover every food group when turning this from a starter into a supper. So, I would suggest picking something from each of these categories to have a balanced (from a taste perspective – I am no healthy eating guru!) board:
- Carbohydrates: (all served with good olive oil for dipping) such as focaccia, flat bread, bruschetta, crispbread or good old bread sticks
- Protein: (f you’re vegetarian then focus on a delicious selection of Italian cheeses, though you may need to check the packet/ with the seller to confirm they are indeed veggie-friendly. However if you eat both meat and cheese – make sure to double down!)
Cured meats - Salami, Prosciutto, Mortadella, Coppa, Lonza, Soppressata, Speck or Bresaola
Cheese – Mozzarella, Burrata, Ricotta, Taleggio, Gorgonzola, Pecorino, Parmigiano
Fish: anchovies, octopus, or sardines
- Vegetables: olives, artichokes, fresh or sundried tomatoes, roasted peppers, grilled aubergine or courgettes
- Fruit: figs, pears, grapes or quince
When you have assembled your favourites (and make sure you pile them high), it’s important to remember to serve it with four times as much good olive oil and balsamic vinegar then you think might need – that’s the Italian way I am assured!
(If you’re not in the mood for an antipasti platter, then your tomato-topped pizzas, Tuscan sausage casseroles and aubergine-based dishes will all do these wines a seriously good service.)