If there’s one animal that needs celebrating it’s the pig. The good people at De Bortoli winery realised this and created a Celebration of the Pig. I was invited to attend the evening of wine and pig in the Yarra Valley recently.
Wines for the evening were served straight from the barrel. At a winery you know the wines are going to be good and De Bortoli didn’t disappoint with a lovely dry La Boheme pinot noir rosé 2014. Leanne De Bortoli admitted it even pairs very nicely with a packet of twisties. The best match for the meat feast was the gutsy and rich Bella Riva Sangiovese 2013.
This was not an evening for vegetarians with shared platters of antipasti and salumi featuring pig in various cured meat guises. The soft folds of silky prosciutto were particularly good and I loved the terrine dotted with pistachios.
Then came the suckling pig itself. The pig had been roasted and was served in large platters in the middle of each table. I had hoped to get a glimpse of the whole pig before it was carved up but although the dinner lacked that element of theatre the pig was equally delicious. The sides included the most delicious crispy roast potatoes tossed with rosemary and sea salt. I would have been happy just eating them for dinner alone.
To finish the meal we shared cheese platters of oozing creamy Le Dauphin, Goronzola dolce and Heidi Raclette. It may have been the only pig free part of the meal but it was still delicious.
Attending De Bortoli’s Celebration of the Pig feels like you have just been adopted into a raucous Italian family for an evening of food and wine. It was a great way to spend a chilly winter evening. Praise to the pig!
Gourmet Chick was invited to the Celebration of the Pig by De Bortoli.
Details: Celebration of the Pig, De Bortoli, Locale Restaurant, Pinnacle Lane , Yarra Valley (Ph 03 5965 2271)
Damage: Reasonable. $85 including food and drink.