Good wine, good friends, fabulous value
If you ever have the chance to attend a Greg Cooley Wine Lunch, don’t pass it up! Greg is one of the Clare Valley’s smallest boutique producers, and his wines are only available direct via his website, at the cellar door or at these annual wine lunches.
At the Wine Lunches, wines are matched to the food offerings of a selection of fine restaurants. The most recent I attended was at Dell’Ugo Southbank, an elegant Italian restaurant situated in the diningprecinct between Grey and Little Stanley streets. Our menu was authentic regional Italian and matched with a selection of wines, from canapes on the Terrace outside served with a sparkling sauvignon blanc, through to the vintage port accompanying our coffee. The usual wonderful atmosphere created through Dell’Ugo’s excellent customer service was enhanced by not only the humour of Greg Cooley himself, but also the sounds of Tenori, a trio of former Ten Tenor members who serenaded us in two musical interludes between courses.
Our canapes were followed by an entrée of gratinated scallop, fennel and orange, then a second entrée of casarecce, pork cheek and wildboar sausage ragu, leek and marsala. The main was a roast lamb rack with chick pea, silverbeet and vine tomatoes. As if we had not had enough to eat, the dessert was a ‘Sicilian mess of deconstructed cannoli and salted nut brown butter almond ice-cream’ that no-one could deny!
Rated a four-and-a-half star winery in James Halliday’s 2013 Australian Wine Companion, Greg Cooley Wines only produce around 3,500 cases a year and for some wines, as little as 100 dozen are made. They are great wines, and teamed with fabulous food at a cost of only $115 per head, how can you go past that value! I will certainly be looking out for the next chance to go to a Greg Cooley Wine Lunch!
For more information: www.gregcooleywines.com.auby