The wine of the month feature has been humming along quietly for a while now, so maybe it’s time to sing its praises a little bit. Every month, Geraldine picks a couple of new wines that she and her fellow-tipplers of the Paradiso dining room, Aoife and Dave, think work especially well with some of the seasonal dishes on the menu.
This month we’ve taken on a new supplier and to mark the first steps in what we hope will be a wonderful relationship, we’re offering two of their bottles as wines of the month.
The white is Poggiobello Friulano 2009, from Fruili-Venezia in Italy, and according to Geraldine it’s got an almond biscuity nose opening up to white flowers & peaches on the palate, with good acidity on the finish. Now, we all know that can only mean that it’s going to go down beautifully with the beetroot risotto or the just-returning-to-the-menu ‘oyster mushrooms in cider cream on cabbage, leek & chestnut timbale’. Or the classic tofu dish…or the first pumpkin dish of the autumn, a gratin with squash, leeks, hazelnuts, citrus cream and braised borlotti beans.
The red is a classy beast with what I swear Geraldine says is a hint of smoke and autumn leaves, as well as redcurrants, wet tobacco and soft, light tannins. Yes, you’re right, that refined character, grandly titled Bricco dei Guazzi Barbera del Monferrato 2007, from Piemonte, is crying out for a dish of roasted aubergines with a little spice and richness. Try it with the aubergine, leek & haloumi parcels that have just appeared on the dinner menu. I have to admit I’d have that with everything from toast for breakfast to a cream cracker before bed.
Enjoy, and feel free to send feedback, here or on facebook.