Last night I had the pleasure of assisting Chris and Nick with an evening of sampling the gorgeous product range from Salumi Australia. The 5 course mini-degustation included wine pairing from various regions of Italy including le Marche, Abruzzo, and Veneto.
The evening commenced at 6pm, when we welcomed out guests and kicked the evening off with Mascarpone and Grilled Zucchini Bruschetta topped with Salumi Bottarga. Chris filled the wine glasses with the 2015 Tenuta di Tavignano ‘Villa Torre’ Verdicchio Classico to match.
After much delight at the lemon scented mascarpone and creamy roe, the second round of canapés were served. The Polenta Chips topped with Salumi N’Duja were well received, many of our guests were impressed with the heat the n’duja packed! In fact, this product is now, consequently unavailable for purchase for the next two weeks as nearly everyone took some home! This dish was paired with the delightful and cheery 2015 Feudi Bizantini ‘Terre dei Rumi’ Rosato.
Out of the frying pan and into the coolroom (so to speak): the next canapé on show was a double delightful duo of Salumi Sopressa Milano & Salame Finocchiona. Perfect for an antipasto, this pair went well with the 2013 Paolo Conterno Langhe Nebbiolo.
Next up was one of my favourites. As a big fan of Spanish Cuisine (what? we’re practically cousins!), I love the Free Range Chorizo. This sat on a little bed, called a Crostino, of Potato and was combined with the 2014 Feudi Bizantini Ikonia Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
By this time I was getting pretty hungry, thankfully, soon I was going to eat too! The last dish for evening was about to be served, and it was definitely worth the wait. The Paccheri with Mushrooms & Salumi Pancetta Affumicata was a delightfully creamy dish that was well received and complimented by all. Paired with the 2013 Lenotti Valpolicella Ripasso, it was a perfect end to the evening.