I was fortunate to be invited to the fabulous La Pesa Trattoria in Darlinghurst for Melbourne Cup Day and to sample a pairing menu with stunning Italian wines, courtesy of The Wog With the Grog.
La Pesa Trattoria is a gorgeous restaurant offering Northern Italian cuisine. La Pesa offers a range of Hand Made Pasta's, Risotto's and desserts all of which are made on the premises.
We had a fabulous lunch (and way too many vinos).
Swordfish carpaccio enhanced with citrus flavours, shaved fennel, cherry tomato concasse, pink peppercorn, parsley and lemon dressing. It tasted as good as it looks. Paired with...
MAJOLINI M SERIES FRANCIACORTA BRUT SATÈN DOCG
It is the best friend for any occasion; you will always make a good impression thanks to its friendliness and enviable savoir faire. Its fineness is the result of a balance between research and simplicity. Intense and persistent with suggestions of bread crust and toasted hints.
MAJOLINI M SERIES FRANCIACORTA BRUT ROSE DOCG
Pinot Noir 100%
The elegance of refined gesture does not end its personality, which is much wider. Its fineness is the result of a balance between research and simplicity. Elegant, wide- ranging, with hints of strawberry, peach, and berries.
Aged Carnaroli Zaccaria rice with lobster and spanner crab and cherry tomato sauce. Paired with...
VOLPE PASINI ZUC DI VOLPE SAUVIGNON DOC
The Zuc di Volpe line represents the diamond point of Volpe Pasini production. Only during the finest years the best grapes are selected and vinified separately with the aim of attaining the highest possible expression of grape variety, intensity and elegance. The Sauvignon Zuc di Volpe, is a well balanced wine in its aroma to structure ratio. This award winning wine is best served chilled as an aperitif or with your favourite entree or fish dish.
CA MAIOL LUGANA MOLIN DOC
From the shores of Lake Garda, only the best grapes from the best Trebbiano di Lugana vines is selected. The freshness of the wine with hints of fleshy yellow fruits, aromatic herbs greet you, followed with a slightly sharp finish.
DEZZANI L’ASSIOMA PIEMONTE ALBAROSSA DOC
L’Assioma is excellent and original. Well-rounded and bodied with a wide structure; its aftertaste is long, pleasant and direct to the palate. A versatile wine to be enjoyed any time.
CA MAIOL FABIO CONTATO GARDA CLASSICO ROSSO DOP
The Garda Classic red is a wine of great expression of the vine, of extreme structure and persistent taste. On the palate it is full and round, tannins well-integrated with the fruit component and flavour brought out by an acidic vein that connects it together.
More about Euro Concepts and The Wog With The Grog
The newly emerged brand under the Euro Concepts umbrella is The Wog With The Grog, a consumer focused company, selling direct to the public and corporate clients, and this also is destined to change how Australians enjoy their wine.
Robert Dessanti’s passion for good food and wine emerged from an early age. Australian born, Roberto is strongly influenced by his Italian born parents and their heritage (from the regions of Piemonte and Friuli), and has now made sharing this passion for fine wine with connoisseurs and novices his life’s work through the wholesale and distribution company he founded six years ago called Euro Concepts. From this, two years ago he founded the consumer-focused company he named ‘The Wog With The Grog’, coined from friendly jibes from fellow wine buffs who’d remark: “Here comes the wog with the grog!” As we now know, the word ‘wog’ has evolved into a term of endearment for Australians with an (usually European) overseas heritage. At each show he exhibits, the cheeky moniker has a favourable reaction, with crowds drawn to its humour and obvious element of fun.
About the Euro Concepts logo:
Before the unification of Italy (in 1946), there was a relatively large representation of nobility in Italy. The Vergano family was one such powerful, noble family in Northern Italy, and the Euro Concepts logo is inspired by the 12th century Vergano family crest.