Sicily has long been a crossroads and crucible of Mediterranean culture, rich in history that has culminated in a new generation of Sicilian producers realising the full potential of the island's enviable climate, its indigenous grape varieties and fertile soil. Our sommeliers have handpicked wines from various regions of Sicily, from the volcanic soils and high altitudes of Mount Etna to Marsala. A mixture of white and red wines will be paired with a seasonal menu created by our Executive Chef, Damian Clisby. Disounts on selected wine purchases from Petersham Cellar will be available at the event.
Master the art of pairing wine with cheese. As with many food and wine pairings, there are a number of factors to consider: age, texture, acidity & tannin are just a few. The pairing of wine and cheese is said to go back hundreds of years. Throughout the tasting, you will be introduced to five wines and three types cheese. Our sommeliers have worked closely with the Petersham Nurseries chefs to select the pairings. The cheese introduced will be Italian, in line with our heritage. Discounts on the wines tasted will be available on the day. (NB tickets non-refundable)
The Petersham Cellar sommeliers have created a handpicked selection from one of their favourite regions in Italy for white wines – Fruili Venezia Giulia. Adored by Italian wine lovers, the light aromatic whites have gathered a reputation globally as being Italy’s best white wine producing region. Located in the top-right corner of Italy, between Austria, Slovenia, the Adriatic Sea, and Veneto. As the weather gets warmer, this is an excellent introduction to the region and its many wines that can be enjoyed throughout the summer months.
Whilst any wine drinker is familiar with wines from Tuscany, the other smaller wine producing regions of central Italy are often discarded and unknown beyond their borders. Five handpicked wines will be tasted throughout the lunch from various regions across central Italy, including: Le Marche, Lazio, Abruzzo and Umbria. The selection of wine will be carefully paired with a menu created by Petersham Nurseries Head Chef, Damian Clisby.
Sardinian wines have gained a reputation like the terrain on which they grow – a little rough. Wine cultivation for personal consumption is embedded in Sardinian culture. Families have been producing their own wine for centuries. Perhaps most renowned for its Vermentino and Cannonau, the second largest island in the Mediterranean boasts a number of indigenous varieties. There are many differences between Sardinian wines and those from mainland Italy due to factors such as the climate, the salty air and the strong winds. This wine lunch will introduce you to some of the most interesting wineries on the island, the wines will be carefully paired with a Sardinian inspired menu created by Petersham Nurseries Head Chef, Damian Clisby.