Uncorked & Cultivated

Lily Bollinger once said, “I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—unless I’m thirsty.”

Lily was a very smart woman, but did you know, according to Peter Scudamore-Smith, that Prosecco is now considered the largest selling sparkling wine in the world, just overtaking Champagne.

Italian ProsecoAl and I recently attended an aperitivi and canapés evening hosted by Peter and his wife Denise and their business Uncorked & Cultivated. The evening focused on tasting Italian and French wines and also promoted their upcoming food and wine tours to Tuscany, Piemonte and Sicily and the Champagne, Burgundy and Rhone regions of France.

DSC02834Here’s what we tasted:

  • Astoria Prosecco Superiore DOCG 2012, $38 available from The Wine Emporium
  • Gavi DOCG 2012, Piemonte, $29.99 available from Dan Murphy’s
  • Chateau Thieuley, Bordeaux 2011 Sauvignon-Semillon, $28 available from The Wine Emporium
  • Chateau D’Angles Languedoc 2008 Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache, $37 contact Peter for stockist
  • Barolo DOCG 2007 Nebbiolo La Morra Piemonte, $95 contact Peter for stockist

The Astoria Prosecco and the Piemonte Gavi made for very easy drinking. Perfect with a light lunch or afternoon drinks with cheese and ciabatta. Al enjoyed the complex flavours of the Nebbiolo most of all.

Peter holds the prestigious Master of Wine award which is recognised as the highest achievement in the global wine community. This title and qualification recognises wine experts who have worldwide knowledge of tasting, making and marketing wine and skills in wine writing. Globally there are approximately 300 Masters of Wine. The title reflects a lifelong dedication to upholding and promoting the highest educational and professional standards in the wine industry.

You might think talking wine with Peter would be pretentious but that couldn’t be further from the truth. He is down to earth and unassuming and enjoys sharing his knowledge in a simple and easy to understand way.

Peter and Denise lead small boutique tours (limited to 12 people), visiting restaurants and wineries they have a personal connection with. It sounds brilliant and is definitely on our travel agenda for the future!

Lots more information about the Uncorked & Cultivated tours and other interesting wine news can be found here.

For the Love of Food was a guest of Peter Scudamore-Smith.