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Some (most!) of the line-up…

One of the things at work that we, the team, have most wanted to get going in our dining room is a series of Paulees…

The reason being it is a great opportunity to share wines and food with customers, for customers to meet other customers and, slightly naff though it sounds, friendships to be forged. On the wine side it is just interesting and most importantly fun – different wines, producers and vintages. The first one we did was last month and focussed on Italy, I wonder whose idea that was?…

The format was a simple one, bring a magnum or bottle and we’ll go from there. It is very importantly NOT a competition. The line-up we ended up with was perfect – big names, small names but either was no “legendary bottles” (there’s a place for those but that’s not, in my view, a Paulee). We lined up, through our food man Clive, a simple but delicious four course menu:

Crudo di Mare

Girolle tagliatelle

BBQ’d Bannockburn rib of beef served with salsa verde, frenh beans and potatoes

Pecorino Sardo Matura, Robiola Bosina, Gorgonzola

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Some of the home teams wines ready for action!

We started the evening with Prologue NV from Champagne Labruyere while everyone gathered and then we moved down to the dinning room for an array of wines. I tried to list the vast majority and realised very quickly that note taking was almost impossible.

The Whites

Passobianco 2014, Tenuta di Passopisciaro, Franchetti

Passobianco 201, Tenuta di Passopisciaro, Franchetti

Cervaro della Salla 2010, Antinori

GiovinRe 2014, Michelle Satta

Costa di Giulia 2015, Michelle Satta

Grattamacco 2015, Bolgheri

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Crudo di Mare

The Reds

Barolo Pajana 2001, Clerico

Barolo Sperss 1990, Gaja MAG

Il Frappato Terre Siciliane 2015, Occhipinti MAG

Brunello di Montalcino 2007, Cerbaiona

Poliziano 2005 Asinone – Vino Nobile de Montepulciano

Barolo Delizia 2011, Giulia Negri

Brunello di Montalcino 2006, Il Poggione

Brunello di Montalcino 2007, Biondi-Santi Tenuta “Greppo”

Barbaresco 2004 Vigneto Gallina, La Spinetta MAG

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Doing just what you would want… 

Ornellaia 2001, Antinori

Barolo Tartufaia 2011, Giulia Negri MAG

Barolo Bric del Fiasc 1996, Paolo Scavino MAG

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In a week when Domenico sadly passed away it was appropriate that this was so delicious…

Barbera Cerretta 2014, Giacomo Conterno

Rosso Ca’del Merlo 2008, Quintarelli

Alzero 2007, Quintarelli

Barolo Cascina Francia 2003, Giacomo Conterno

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Two cracking mags from our table…

Brunello di Montalcino 2008, Col D’Orcia

Barolo Cannubi 2008, Paolo Scavino

Barolo La Serra 2005, Gianni Voerzio

Rosso di Montalcino 2011, Valdicava

Sammarco 1997 MAG

Valpolicella Superiore 2006, Quintarelli

Cepparello 2007, Isole e Olena

La Villa Langhe 2011, Elio Altare

Palazzi di Trinoro 2011, Tenuta di Trinoro

Barbaresco Costa Russi 1998, Gaja

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Clive and his Bannockburn rib of beef…

After dinner

Barolo Chinato, Cappellano

Vinsanto de Chianti Classico 2010, Vignamaggio

To pick out highlights would be unfair. What I was left with though was the over-riding feeling that people buy these wines with the pure pleasure of wanting to open them. There were young wines and old wines, decanted and un-decanted but the food, the fun atmosphere and general good natured evening highlighted what wine is all about – people, personalities and a rather delicious drink that has a certain relaxing quality – Conviviale!!