For the last five years, every trip to France and Italy has revolved around my work: importing Italian (and a tiny bit of French) wine into Australia. Whilst we eat like kings on these trips, the constant watch of the clock, with appointments at lunch and dinner and lots of kilometres travelling to each destination means that whilst it a fantastic experience, it is far from a holiday.
That is why, a trip to Paris and Italy with my family, with zero work commitments has been something I have been looking forward to for quite some time. We have spend our days in the gardens of Paris, drinking lot’s of Champagne plus great value Bordeaux and eating lots of typical French cuisine: frites, cheese, bread and meat.
We have stayed in two apartments and it has been our second apartment in Saint Germain that has impressed me most: not so much the apartment, more the location. We have some of the best wine stores, cheese shops, bakeries and butchers I have tried in any city around the world. Whilst this trip is about family, it has certainly given me lot’s of inspiration for when I return to Australia and has also shown just how lucky I am to be involved in multiple businesses revolving around food and wine that I truly love. I could not imagine doing anything else.
One wine that bowled me over in Montalcino in April was the 2008 Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino. Up against Soldera and Salvoni 2006 Brunello this wine was no slouch and if anything was my prefered wine of the night.
Traditional, structured and age worthy: it had me in a spin. After trying it Laura gave us the bad news that there was only 82 bottles available and it had already sold out. Well a month after arriving back, Laura gave us the great news that a European tender for the 2008 had not come through and we grabbed everything we could. Affordable but so complex Brunello available in July via @mondoimports
On my trip to Italy last year to judge at Radici del Sud, I tried some amazing wines, ate some of the best food I have ever eaten and drank artisan beer that blew me away. Well two months ago I returned Puglia and again drank Birranova, an artisan beer from Puglia.
From July, Birranova will be available in Australia from @mondoimports and our first shipment from the brewery just left Italy. It will be priced slightly above beers like Peroni Grand Riserva and I have no doubts that it will be really well received in Australia.
In two weeks I will be back in Puglia and can’t wait to again eat Puglese food, drink Puglese wine and drink beer from Birranova.