All hail wine! And let’s be honest – in the midst of winter what’s better than a beautiful meal and nursing a glass of red? Melbourne is the multicultural capital of Australia and while we have a large array of exotic cuisines at our fingertips, our diversification of wine could be better. Yes, Australian wines are damn good, but surely other nations have a pretty goodd take on it too? Enter The Progressive Greek, a do-it-yourself wine and food tour running during the month of July.
So, how does it work? Well three of Melbourne’s top restaurants Longrain, Pei Modern and Gazi will provide The Progressive Greek goers with an opportunity to pair a Kir Yianni Greek wine with a carefully selected dish.
At Longrain, the Larp of prawn with lime and chilli, with a 2013 ‘Petra’ from Macedonia, Greece. Think bitey, hot flavours cut through with a sharp, acidic white. At Pei Modern it’s considerably less mouth-tingling with the Duck egg, Jerusalem artichoke and truffle matched with a 2012 ‘Paranga’ Macedonia. Think a beautifully aromatic red that’s just a little bit merlot. At Gazi it’s a splendorous dessert combination of the Acropolis Now strawberry mousse, coffee and mastic with a pretty damn incredible 2012 ‘Akakies’ brut rose, which is more like a sparkling shiraz. My personal favourite of the the three!
For those who are truly progressive, there’s nothing stopping you from pairing these Kir Yianni wines with other dishes at these venues, either. If you’re planning to do Longrain, The Modern Connoisseur recommends pairing your white with the Sashimi of kingfish, caramelised cashew nuts nahm jim, trout roe and micro herbs. IT.IS.HEAVENLY!
The Progressive Greek runs all July at Longrain, Pei Modern & Gazi, and is a self-guided tour. More information can be found here.