Spitbucket Sessions Vol.11: Italian Varieties in Australia

12 03 2011


Italy has given so many great things to the world: Silvio, quite a lot of good food, Paolo Maldini, some pretty slick art and over 900 grape varieties. Of course the rest of the word hasn’t got around to planting all of those 900 varieties yet but we’re definitely having a good crack. Always remember my WSET exams and trying to get to grips with the Italian elements…just how many major regions, the intense viticultural differences between them and the myriad indigenous grape varieties.

Well Australia is going at it as hard as anyone else in the world, and while sales of imported wines are falling, interest in Italian grape varieties vinified on Australian soil seems to be increasing. If made well these should be perfect food wines and so are the perfect foil for Adam Lord’s food at Coast. This should be a pretty special Spitbucket I reckon so get involved!

Pair 1: Vermentino
Ducks in a Row Vermentino
Chalmers Vermentino

Pair 2: Fiano
Oliver’s Taranga Fiano
Coriole Fiano

Pair 3: Nebbiolo
Pizzini Nebbiolo
Primo Estate Joseph Nebbiolo

Pair 4: Sangiovese
Coriole Vita Sangiovese
Capel Vale Cellar Exclusive Sangiovese

Pair 5: Sagrantino
D’arenberg Cenosilicaphobic Cat (DISASTER has struck – d’Arenberg have sold out of this extremely interesting 91% Sagrantino, 9% Cinsault blend with a name that take’s a little practice. I will have to hustle to find another suitable Sagrantino! Any ideas?)
Oliver’s Taranga Sagrantino

As usual, #spitbucket is free to attend and will take place at the Coast Roof Top Bar. It is on Wednesday 16th March. All you have to do is tweet @coastrestaurant and ask to book a space before they’re all gone. More details here.

After David (from Eldridge Estate) did such an amazing job at the last Spitbucket, there have been calls for me to “sit this one out again” and at the very least “raise my game”. I will, of course, do neither of these 🙂


Meatup: Urban Food Market style

10 10 2010

(Divine duck rillettes from @urbanfoodmarket and @Lordie82)

Sure Spitbucket is good; there’s wine, chat and merriment. But there’s nothing worse than all the fun being ruined by an empty stomach. You try to concentrate on what’s before you, but your eyes listlessly scan the horizon for canape waiters, fast food joints or roadkill. You nod in appreciation at the witty repartee, but really you’re thinking “I could probably eat your arm…or at least a few fingers. Hoisin and garlic marinade perhaps?”

Well let this never be a charge levelled at the Spitbucket Sessions. I’m extremely happy to announce that Tim Elwin will be supplying the tastiest of meaty morsels from now on…and for as long as we keep his glass filled with wine I suspect. Pretty much as soon as we landed in Sydney the Urban Food Market loomed large on our radar and we’ve been going back for supreme Mirragong grass-fed Wagyu steak and mince, free-range pork sausages, sublime pancetta and juicy Bultarra saltbush lamb ever since.

This isn’t just produce with a noble, sustainable story. It’s some of the best quality meat I’ve ever encountered…anywhere. You can order online here – http://www.urbanfoodmarket.com.au/ or you can head to the Kings Cross markets of a Saturday morning and choose your cuts while enjoying a spit-roasted lamb or grass-fed wagyu beef roll. It’s exactly the sort of thing that makes early morning markets bearable!

Tim is already a supplier of Coast Restaurant, so he’s able to have a chat to head chef (and wine lover!) Adam Lord – @Lordie82 – about what’s going to work with that particular wine theme. In this case it was veal and duck to go with Kiwi Pinot Noir. Between them they really know meat…and what to do with it.

(Vitello Tonnato from @urbanfoodmarket and @Lordie82)

(Duck breast and figs from @urbanfoodmarket and @Lordie82)

Make sure you get along to the next Spitbucket Session to check out Coast’s beautiful Rooftop Bar and Adam and Tim’s meaty creations. Oh and there might be wine too…