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Last November respected Australian wine journalist Max Allen issued a call to the public and the industry to join him on his plight in showcasing the perfect pairing of Vermentino and sardines.
Nothing could stop people from jumping on the bandwagon (not even the Christmas and New Year break) and Yalumba is now excited to be involved in the final event – ‘Vermentino & Sardines – The Musical!’. It all kicks off in Adelaide on Friday evening (January 21), followed by Melbourne on January 24 and Sydney on January 25. This is a great opportunity to taste some sardines and Vermentino and see if Allen’s assertion that the two are a marriage made in heaven, is in fact true.
“I’ve also been drinking a lot of cold, crisp, dry vermentino recently, and I can’t think of many white grape varieties more perfectly suited to sardines,” Allen wrote in The Weekend Australian Magazine on November 7, 2010.
“Originally from the Mediterranean - it thrives in Sardinia (coincidence? I think not) - the vermentino vine is also rapidly finding its feet in warm, dry Australian vineyards thanks to its heat- and drought-tolerance. I think we could seriously be onto something here. In fact, I have a vision: an Aussie sardine and Aussie vermentino-led recovery.”
Friday 21 Jan: Adelaide Central Market from 5pm to 8.30pm: Eskies full of Australian vermentino, sardines on the barbecue, grill-n-sip tastes of both offered to late-night shoppers
Monday 24 Jan: Melbourne Rialto Forecourt, 495 Collins Street (outside Grossi’s new Merchant restaurant) from Midday to 2pm: Eskies full of cold, crisp vermentino; sardines on the grill. Then, in the evening, at the Cellar Bar of Grossi Florentino 80 Bourke St, three different sardine dishes will be offered for dinner, each accompanied by a glass of Australian vermentino for $18
Tuesday Jan 25: Sydney, Fix St James, 111 Elizabeth Street: free public tasting of Australian vermentino from 4 to 6pm. Then dinner at 6.30pm: three sardine dishes including sardines and smoked eggplant and Sicilian sardine spaghetti, accompanied by glasses of vermentino; $60pp - to book: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pop by to say hello to Yalumba winemaker Sam Wigan and the team and taste the Yalumba Vermentino 2010.