Secret Squisito Supper Club
Saturday 8th & 15th December 2012 from 7pm
6 seasonal courses made with artisan Italian and Warwickshire
ingredients. Bring your own wine to compliment this special event.
Wine; Frizzante - Martini Prosecco £5.00, Prosecco Spumante Valdobbiadene
DOCG £6. 99 Aldi Edgbaston or Coventry; San Leo Prosecco Brut £6.66
Waitrose Lutterworth; Prosecco Conegliano £7.32 Sainsbury's Rugby;
White ASDA Special Gavi ASDA Rugby £5.00; White - Triade Bianco 2010 from
Campania £8.99 Waitrose Lutterworth (very nice); Moncaro Verdicchio dei
Castelli di Jesi Classico 2011, Marche (every bit as good as the Moncaro red)
£5.29 Waitrose Lutterworth
I Satiri, Salice Salentino Riserva 2007 Candido - my all round best red of 2012 comes from the Salento which is the Burgundy of Southern Italy. It benefits from laying down for a few weeks at room temperature and serving at warm room temperature (since it is a warm climate wine). Concentrated, silky, sort of pruney - a velvet glove on a iron fist. Recommended. £9.49 or £6.99 for 2 Majestic
Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2010 Mazzei - My favourite Chianti from a great producer in a good year. Not cheap, but it is Christmas and £14.99 for two at Majestic so you can save the other for Christmas (so long as you don't share it with the reli's). Buy now and let settle for a few weeks. Like having a day on a racing track in a good sports car just to find out what it's like. A Christmas treat.
Piccini who are a big supplier to Tesco from Chiantishire. Sara bought a bottle reduced to £6.49 a few months ago which we drank mid-week and were stunned with the quality for the money. On paper a blend of Primitivo, Montepulciano, Nero d'Avola and Merlot (e.g. every part of Italy) does not work and should repel any sensible drinker which I guess is why it is reduced from £9.49 (it was for some while) to £5.00 now. It is ready to drink now. My current Best Buy!
Other good buys; Torre del Falco Nero di Troia 2007, Puglia down from £7.99 to £4.99 and last month's Best Buy, Waitrose Lutterworth; Vignale Valpolicella 2010 Veneto, Italy £4.99 Waitrose; Reggiano Rosso Romagna £5.99 M&S; El Guia Tinto Garnacha (heavy) Red 3.99 Waitrose.
Wine; By dessert English people are often flagging from unexpectedly plentiful portions of home cooked Italian food like any self-respecting kid in a sweet shop. The same can be said for a surfeit of good wine so I recommend something simple you can have a sip of and take home the rest to drink with a mince pie. The conventional approach is an orangey floral sweet wine like Waitrose's Brown Brothers Orange & Flora Muscat 2008 which is £6.99 for a half bottle from Mr Waitrose in Lutterworth. Others may want to join me in a sip of Pellegrino Marsala Superiore Garibaldi Dolce, Sicily £9.49 Tesco Rugby & Waitrose Lutterworth or the excellent Curatolo Dry Marsala Superiore £10.79 Waitrose Lutterworth. Marsala makes a sensible investment if you fancy making zabaglione or one of Sara's famous desserts like Panettone Pudding whch I hope to see in her '12 Squisito Recipes for Advent' coming shortly. For a New Year's resolution take a trip to Palermo and visit Trapani and drive along the 'salt road' to Marsala - 1 of my 100 Foodie Places To Go Before You Die!