The Italian Extravaganza at Manicomio Gutter Lane

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March 28th 2011

The Italian tasting on Wednesday eve (23rd March) went down a storm- with over 30 wines from 11 producers in Tuscany, Sicily and Piedmont, spread over 3 floors of Manicomio’s stunning Norman Foster designed building with a wonderful array of region-inspired food to match by Head Chef, Tom Salt.

The view from the outside- peering through the branches:

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Obviously, it wouldn’t be a tasting without one of Manicomio’s legendary hams:

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Luca Cuzziol poured his faboulous Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Conegliano Valdobbiadene (£71.68/6 pk DP) on entry and also brought some of his cloud-like delicious Pannetone (330g butter per slice he proudly exclaimed to each guest; didn’t stop me), which I hovered around with a glass of Ambra’s Vin Santo di Carmignano 2004 (£105.00/cs IB):

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Meeka, Jamie, Me and Julian standing by:

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The Ambra Line-Up:

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Russo Etna Ross ‘A Rina 2008 (6 pk £90.88/cs DP), Etna Rosso Feudo 2008 (6 pk £138.88/cs) and Etna Rosso San Lorenzo 2008 (6 pk £138.88/cs):

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Melissa and Hugo ‘sample’ Carlo Revello’s wares:

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The fabulous Simone Santini from Tenuta le Calcinaie:

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The beautiful Luciana Girotto showing Cavalotto’s Piedmont wines:

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James Low getting stuck in:

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Lunate Merlot Nero d’Avola 2009 (6 pk £51.28/cs) by Luca Botter:

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Julian with Giugi and Petroc Sesti:

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Sesti, Sesti. Sesti:

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Johnny enjoying the evening:

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Ambra & Riecine:

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Our very own Robin with Giugi Sesti:

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