Vini di Famiglia Wine Festival at Carluccio’s

By tikichris Last edited 105 months ago
Vini di Famiglia Wine Festival at Carluccio’s


Until the 1st of August, Carluccio’s (we’re sure you’ve seen one of their Italian caffè/restaurant/foodshop outlets around town) is hosting Vini di Famiglia, a celebration of Sicilian wines. Bar and training manager, Michael Stocks, invited Londonist around to Carluccio’s Marketplace restaurant recently for an agreeably al fresco evening sampling these Sicilian wines along with a few tasty picks from the menu.

Among the offerings, the Planeta Alastro (a fruity Grecanico/Chardonnay blend - £12.50 for a bottle) was especially easy to drink; indeed, the evening started and ended with this one. Along the way, a few glasses of Planeta Ceresulo (Nero D’Avola/Frappato blend - £12.50 for a bottle) masterfully accompanied a plate of pasta con funghi (egg pappardelle with a mix of shitake, oyster, porcini and button mushrooms - £6.95) while a velvety Carthago Mandrarossa (Nero D’Avola - £15.95 for a bottle) did nothing to diminish the fegato e patate (pan fried calf’s liver with red onion jam and sautéed rosemary potatoes - £11.75).

Of course you don’t have to be part of London’s greatest multi contributor blog to try these wines and others. Carluccio’s is holding complimentary tastings every Thursday from 6pm-8pm until the 30th of July. Visit the Carluccio’s website for more details.

Last Updated 27 June 2009