Italy is renowned for having thousands of grape varieties spread across over 20 regions. But there are only three Italian wines they call the 'King of Wines' and Wine of the Kings. These are Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello. El Vino has teamed up with the crew at Russo & Russo to bring you a battle of the Kings! Journey with us as we take you from sunny Tuscany to the hills of Piedmont and taste 6 premium wines matched with equally inspiring modern Italian dishes crafted with the freshest seasonal ingredients. We have carefully selected exceptional vintages to show case each producer and wine at its very best. Who will be your favourite? Let the battle begin...
Before Italy there was the House of Savoy, a royal family that expanded its ruling from a small county in Piedmont to leading the entire Kingdom of Italy from 1861 to 1946. Not only did they unify and rule the country, the Savoyard Kings of Italy also introduced to the world: the Barolo. Made from the esteemed ancient grape, Nebbiolo. Back in the 15th century this grape was so prized that anyone who cut down a Nebbiolo vine was fined 5 Lire. Repeat offenders had their hands cut off and in some cases even put to death!
The underdog in this race, Barbaresco embodies the story of rags to riches. It was overshadowed by the Barolo until the late 18th century when a group of passionate farmers rallied for Barbaresco to be recognised in its own right. There were many initial setbacks as the lead propagator passed away unexpectedly, followed by World Wars which further hindered Barbaresco’s rise. It wasn’t until the 50s and 60s did it gain the serious recognition it deserves and became a serious contender.
The story of Brunello embodies man’s quest for perfection. Starting with the discovery of a special grapevine on a steep Montalcino hill in 1842. Its founder Clemete Santi and a group of 16 farmers were the first to believe in the quality of this grape. They promoted Brunello as a fine wine during a difficult time when many didn’t even have food on the table. Today, Brunello is considered one of Italy’s greatest wines and a supreme example of Sangiovese at its best. It has also become Italy’s most recognised premium wine, internationally dubbed as “the wine that knows no recession”.
WHEN: 7pm | 25 October 2017
WHERE: Russo & Russo | 158 Enmore Rd, Enmore
*As the food menu is crafted on seasonal ingredients, we will confirm closer to the event, please let us know if you have any dietary requirements. Email us at email@example.com
Testimonials from previous events:
"Thank you for making tonight not boring!" - Steve
"I have now been to 2 of your wonderful wine dinners – ‘Noir’ and ‘You say Wine, I say Vino’. They were fabulous nights.
Not only are you great hosts but Attila is a great MC and wine expert. Your evenings provide a no-nonsense story behind every wine so we are truly learning something and appreciating the true craft of wine making. I love the line that “This wine will change your life…..” because it is also about understanding the wine maker and the passion behind the wine that makes every wine unique. You are discerning in your selections and I appreciate the effort which you go to in trying to procure the rare wine vintages you provide. I have enjoyed every wine you have selected so far.
Thank you for your fabulous wine evenings. I will absolutely go to more and highly recommend this to anyone who wants a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable evening. -Sarah"
Terms: Please note if minimum numbers for this event are not met, we reserve the right to cancel 48 hours before the event date and a full refund will be given.
Refund for change of mind is subject to discretion depending on the ability to find a replacement. We're happy for you to transfer to a friend.