Don Giovanni’s played host to a fabulous wine tasting and canapé evening. As a magazine editor I must say this was not my first wine tasting, yet it was most definitely one of the best!
When you hear canapés you think of a few, bite size treats that accompany your wine whilst you walk around and talk of how interesting the white is this evening. However, this was an intimate sit down affair in the private event room within Don Giovanni’s on Oxford Road. The décor was sumptuous and matched the feeling of the evening well.
We were welcomed with a glass of Rotari Rosé Metodo Classico Mezzacorona, a sparkling wine which was so refreashingly delicious!
We then moved into the room for which the rest of the evening shall take place. The events room at the rear of the restaurant is a private oasis and one that can be hired out for events or intimate gatherings.
Once we all took our seats our first course was brought out to us. It was explained by the esteemed sommelier that he would be guiding us through the tasting notes, texture and body of wines from different regions to compliment a selection of Italian dishes.
The first course was made up of 3 canapé’s which were aubergine mash with garlic and thyme, Asparagi E Prosciutto- asparagus wrapped in aged parma ham and Tartina Al Tonno and Pomodoro- Baked bread served with tuna, tomato and basil. To accompany this selection of delicious food was an Italian wine from Sicily, Regaleali Bianco (Catarratto/Inzolia/Grecanico) As the sommelier explained, its crispness and light tones really did compliment and all were in agreement!
The second course consisted of Bruschetta Al Salmone- tasted bread topped with smoked salmon, mascapone and chives, Chele De Granchio- crunchy crab claws served with a sweet chilli dip & Gamberoni Al Lime- pan fried butterfly king prawns, cooked in chilli, garlic, parsley and a lime sauce. The bruschetta was a personal favourite! The wine was an exceptional Chardonnay Tormaresca Puglia, Italy. This wine complimented the fish perfectly!
Just when we thought we couldn’t eat anymore the next course made its way to us. This consisted of Pate All’Arancia- duck liver pate served with orange melba toast, Gnocchi Dolcelatte- potato pasta baked with dolcelatte sauce, Mozzarella fritta- fried buffalo mozzarella pearls served with pickled beetroot. This was enjoyed with the only red wine of the night and a personal favourite; Barbera d’Asti Fiulot Piedmont, Italy.
Finally we enjoed some food and wine of a far sweeter nature. For desert we had a traditional Italian Tiramisu with a glass of Santa Cristina Donato Antinori
Overall it was a truly enjoyable evening and one which all members of the party shall remember!
If you would like further information with regards to hosting events at Don Giovanni’s then visit www.dongiovannis.co.uk/ or call 0161 228 2482