On Friday evening Adelaide Central Market was the scene for the first of three “Vermentino & Sardines – The Musical” events, organised by wine writer Max Allen in association with some of Australia’s Vermentino producers.
The event was a great success with many eager wine drinkers turning up to sample the wines and “Roasted Sardines with Parley and Lemon Dressing” by Sparrow Kitchen & Bar Executive Shef Mathew Goodlet.
There were many cool, crisp, citrussy, minerally, dry vermentinos to try… from Yalumba, Running with Bulls, Mitolo, 919 Wines, Trentham Estate, Chalmers & Ducks In A Row. Each had something different to offer, and all were refereshing examples of the variety. If I had to pick a favourite it would be the Chalmers 2009 Vermentino, and that’s not suprising, given they’ve probably been growing Vermentino longer than anyone in Australia.
Vermentino grapes are traditionally grown in Sardinia, on Italy’s Ligurean coast, on Corsica and in parts of Provence. So it’s no coincidence that many of Australia’s wine regions are also suited to producing wines from Vermentino, given their Mediterranean climates.
If you’re in Mebourne today (Monday 24th January) you can check out Vermentino & Sardines from 12-2pm in the Rialto Forecourt, Collins Street or at Cellar Bar, 80 Bourke Street. Tomorrow night in Sydney (Tuesday 25th January) head to Fix St James, Elizabeth Street between 4 and 6pm, then stay for dinner.
For more info on these and other events see Max’s blog here.
To see pics from the Adelaide event, see our Facebook Page!