'Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.'
If ever there were a wine merchant to talk us through the whole mad, bad and brilliant gambit of Italian wine making, Ben is our man. An eloquent storyteller, able to perform a human map of Italy using only his arms and body (via his arm pit, to be seen to be believed...), Ben will host the night via a selection of brilliant wines. From a maverick fizz, to a bruiser, dovetailed neatly with a beguiling match for pudding and the perfect foil for cheese.
Brut Metodo Classico, Greco di Tufo DOCG, Cantine di Marzo, Campania
Antipasti: whipped lardo + walnut focaccia, panisse + cows curd, grissini
~ Collio DOC, Picech, Friulano 2012, Friuli
Scallop raviolo, squash, bottarga, olive oil
~ Irpina Aglianico DOC, Cantine di Marzo â€˜Storicaâ€™ 2012, Campania
Primrose Herd pork loin: fennel cured, slow cooked and lightly smoked
Crisp polenta, trompettes, jerusalem artichoke, salted sardine
~ Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC,Verdicchio Passito â€˜Stellâ€™ 2008, Mancinelli, Marche
Ricotta and marmalade tart, hazelnut gelato
~ Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Caâ€™ la Bionda, Amarone 2010, Veneto
Ubriaco al fragola clinto, fig, biscuit