Some of my favorite days are Mondays (my day off) when I get invited to lunch with visiting out of town suppliers. Think about it. It’s your day off, you’ve done all your housework and met your familial obligations on Sunday and the only thing you’re obliged to do is to attend what promises to be an outstanding lunch with amazing wines paired with equally fabulous food.

That was my day today. I drank some tea and got dressed at a leisurely pace and then headed out to Sorrentino’s downtown. Many of you won’t have been to Sorrentino’s downtown location for some time, but I have to tell you that since chef Alberto Alboreggia took over the kitchen their game has stepped up exponentially.

Today our host with Pacific Wine & Spirits was Mister Sam Holmes the GM International Sales of Negociants International from Australia. They represent a number of Australian and New Zealand wineries that are family owned and operated and symbolize quality across the board..

This was lunch:

Mini Crab Cake, apple jam, roasted pepper with

Pewsey Vale Vineyard Riesling 2017 from Eden Valley South Australia. Aside from being a great pairing with the crab and apple jam, the wine displayed bracing acidity and a lemony freshness that compelled the next sip and the next and the next… +617712 $

Ahi Tuna Carpaccio with Blood Orange with

Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough New Zealand. Another lovely pairing, the wine was pithy with notes of man sweat, a bright fresh attack and long elegant finish+328377 $

House Made Beef Ravioli, Pecorino cheese, browned butter, sage with

Opawa Pinot Noir 2014 Marlborough New Zealand. Opawa have their own cooperage. They are Vegan friendly and use all wild ferment. This Pinot had a clean exotic wood nose and a bracing attack of juicy, savoury fruit. A perfect match with the Ravioli. It was impossible to have a bite of pasta without tasting the wine at the same time. +756480 $  ❤

Venison Tenderloin Chef Alberto style, seared, fresh berry reduction, wild mushroom beurre blanc, asparagus with

Yalumba Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 South Australia  +787354 $ and Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Margaret River Western Australia  +428763 $$. It was a great treat to taste both of these lush, expressive Cabs with the perfectly seared Venison. Going back and forth a person could appreciate both wines, but could never decide which one was the better match!

Finally, an assortment of cheeses with the Henschke 2015 Barossa Henry’s Seven, a blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and Viognier from vines older than 100 years. It smelled of wet clay and sandalwood, black plum and blackberry with a hint of vanilla and nutmeg. Silken attack of dark, dense fruit, stinging acidity and a long inky finish. Impossible not to love.  ❤  Also, it should be noted that Henschke still make the altar wine for the little church next to the famous Hill of Grace vineyard.

Maybe I should move to Australia and start going to church!

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