What to expect at our Taste of Italy event

What to expect at our Taste of Italy event - 09/05/2017

On 16th May, the Events Team at the HAC is hosting a fabulous evening of Italian wine tasting to celebrate the arrival of spring.

The soiree will take place on the Terrace here at Armoury House and we expect it to be a glorious occasion. To give you a flavour of what our guests can expect, we’ve asked our specialist suppliers, Ellis of Richmond, to highlight six of the most exciting wines that will be showcased on the night.
Simon Powys Maurice from Ellis of Richmond says, ‘I think these six examples represent the re-emerging face of Italian wine. They are made from classic grape varieties across the country, but the wines themselves are not particularly well-known. I think guests at the party will really enjoy the variety we’ve selected.’

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Conti di Buscareto, Marches 2016
Tasting notes… This wine is dry and full-bodied, harvested late to ensure richness and concentration. It’s aromatic with notes of almonds, citrus and white flowers. The floral notes follow through on the palate. It’s a well-balanced, crisp white wine with a long finish and an amazing depth of flavour.

Match it with… Seafood, white meat, cold meat appetizers and rustic dishes.
Fruilano, Le Monde, Friuli Venezia Giulia 2016
Tasting notes… This wine has a fine and delicate nose of fresh flowers, citrus lemon and green apple. The palate is crisp and dry with notes of apple, peach and pear with a subtle floral note. It has a good weight on the mid-palate, perfectly balanced by a fresh acidity which leaves a clean finish.

Match it with… Soups, broths and savoury fish dishes.
Pecorino ‘Civitas’ Biodynamic, Cantina Orsagna, Abruzzo 2015
Tasting notes… Bright gold in colour with an aromatic nose. A soft and pleasant wine with aromas of citrus, ripe pear, peach and orange blossom. The palate is clean and rich with a pleasing mineral complexity and a long finish.

Match it with… River fish, risotto, chicken dishes and vegetables.
Schiava ‘Campaner’, Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro, Alto Adige 2015
Tasting notes… This Schiava is a bright ruby red in colour with a fresh fruity nose with raspberry aromas which are typical for the grape. The palate has soft red fruits with supple tannins and a long, lasting finish.

Match it with… Nicoise salad, cold meats or mild cheeses.
Primitivo ‘Rumina’t Biodynamic, Cantina Orsagna, Abruzzo 2015
Tasting notes… This Primitivo is a bright ruby red in colour. On the nose, aromas of black cherry and violets leap from the glass. The palate is soft and smooth with notes of sweet black cherries and blackcurrant fruits combined with notes of cinnamon and cloves supported by lovely soft tannins. Well balanced with a fresh acidity and a long, fruity finish.

Match it with… Dry cured meats and mature cheeses.
Nero d’Avola, Cantine Colosi, Sicily 2015
Tasting notes… This wine has a rich character and bold structure. There are hints of blueberry, blackberry, plum and vanilla on the nose with a full-bodied, spicy palate.

Match it with… Mediterranean specialities such as pasta, grilled fish and full-flavoured meats.
The Tasting
Our resident wine merchant will talk guests through the delicious wines they’re trying, giving them an opportunity to ask questions and discuss their thoughts. Visitors will also be served perfectly-paired Italian foods, created by our executive chef xx and prepared onsite by our high experienced staff.
Your summer event at The HAC
Whatever type of summer party you host at The HAC, our in-house wine expert will be able to help you decide on a selection of fabulous wines to complement your menu and theme. Our terrace is the perfect place to hold events for anything between 70 and 700 guests, so make sure you get your date secured soon. You can reach us on 020 7382 1533.