Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC and Portuguese meals: a cosmopolitan connection

On the essence of Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC is a celebration of the travelling, cosmopolitan spirit that hyperlinks oenological custom and the pleasure of sharing meals & wine. This identical ardour is on the core of the soul of the Portuguese folks and life, a lot of which revolves across the pleasures of the desk and of the various elements that, by way of centuries of travels and discoveries, now type the nation’s flavour repertoire. These supply limitless and preferrred pairing prospects for the distinct freshness and character of the wines of the Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC.

In love with Portuguese craftsmanship – and flavours

A Portuguese Love Affair (PLA) began as an idea retailer and delicatessen in London’s fashionable Columbia Street. The road is lined by lovely design outlets and really involves life on Sundays, when London descends upon it for its iconic flower market. It was as a part of this fashionable hub that the store established itself as a key agent of the motion that propelled Portuguese design and delicacies to the highest of London’s eating scene, alongside starchefs akin to Leo Carreira (who has led thrilling pop-ups at PLA) and Nuno Mendes.

The success led founders Olga Cruchino and Dina Martins to open a second website, a restaurant , wine bar and restaurant,  a stone’s throw away from the unique website on Hackney Street, which has since turn into the common hang around spot for submit or pre-shopping catch ups.

It was right here that we met the 2 proficient entrepreneurs (Dina can also be the venue’s gifted chef), to find how their creations can so ideally be served alongside a glass of Pinot Grigio.

From sea and land

The proper begin is a variety of ‘petiscos’ (tapas-like small dishes); very like the Venetian cicchettis, these beg for a refreshing and mineral glass of wine. Portugal’s Vinho Verde has an ideal Italian counterpart in a basic Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC, balancing the brine depth of olives, lupins, seafood patés, cured goat cheeses and the Portugal’s flagship canned seafood.

The produce of the ocean is certainly one of many core pillars of Portuguese gastronomy.

It’s many iterations – cured, canned, straight from the boat and grilled – can’t be correctly loved with no glass of… Pinot Grigio? Why not?

Dina’s superior ‘caldeirada’, a private, chic tackle the standard seafood stew, proved much more good washed down by a glass of Italy’s most well-known white wine, its mild aromatics and mineral freshness underscoring the dishes’ spices and herbs.

Nonetheless, Portuguese delicacies is – very very like Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC – a gathering of land and sea. Inland, the nation’s recipes achieve depth and weight, with pork meat and legumes claiming centre stage. Dina has a classy interpretation of ‘secretos de porco preto with migas’, a selected minimize of acorn-fed pork ribs with a bread-based purée laden with flavour due to garlic, numerous spices, olive oil, herbs and, if in season, wild asparagus. A good looking and flavourful dish, it’s historically served alongside a glass of pink. It is perhaps a false impression to assume that the meat and spices want hefty tannins – the gentler tannic grip of a Ramato, alongside the delicate zestiness of pink citrus, cuts extra successfully by way of the meat fats and brings the spices to stay.

Candy deal with

And what of Portugal’s most well-known pastry, pastéis de nata, now an absolute favorite amongst Londoners?? It will be a sin to not strive these offered and baked inhouse by Olga, which have gained quite a few awards and a quasi cult following. Though a factor of perfection in themselves, particularly if topped by a beneficiant layer of cinnamon as is the custom, we dared to strive them with a glass of Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC Ramato.

A folks with an uncommon ardour for meals and wine, solely matched by a relentless need to at all times discover far and past. A knack for intense flavours paired with understated, elegant design. An ethos which may nicely have discovered an ideal companion within the cosmopolitan sophistication of Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC.

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