An In­dis­pens­able Din­ner


Fine wine mer­chants Taste of Tra­di­tion hosted The In­dis­pens­able Din­ner fea­tur­ing 10 top wines from bou­tique Amer­i­can la­bels this past Septem­ber. Held at the newly re­launched Art (for­merly known as Os­te­ria Art), the five-course wine pair­ing din­ner was spe­cially pre­pared by chef Beppe de Vito and fea­tured crowd pleasers such as hand­made ravi­oli with Dor­per lamb and ro­bi­ola cheese, and San­choku wagyu paired with black gar­lic.

But the real stars of the din­ner were the wines—from Tablas Creek, An­tica Terra, Lil­ian and Sine Qua Non, fin­ish­ing off with vin­tage Ar­magnac from Cas­tarède and XO Cognac from De­la­main. High­lights in­cluded Mag­gie Har­ri­son’s An­tica Terra Botan­ica 2014 with its lovely red fruit flavours fringed with pep­per, and the very el­e­gant and very lim­ited An­tikythera 2014, along­side Har­ri­son’s Lil­ian range of heady, lav­ish Syrah and non vin­tage Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon. Last but not least, guests were treated to Cal­i­for­nia cult la­bel Sine Qua Non’s Syrah Mars 2013, rated 98 points by Parker for its beau­ti­fully tex­tured, full-bod­ied el­e­gance, with rasp­berry and some pep­per on the nose.

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