Friday, July 2, 2010

Providores and Seresin Chiaroscuro

If you are in London this month you're in luck.

Throughout July The Providores and Tapa Room Restaurant will be pouring the 2007 Seresin Chiaroscuro by the glass.

First produced in 2007, the Chiaroscuro was inspired by Michael Seresin's enjoyment of the co-fermented white wines produced in North-Eastern Italy. The Seresin Chiaroscuro is a blend of co-fermented Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Meunier. An Italian term, Chiaroscuro, is the contrast of light and dark, luminosity and shadow and a reflection of the different characteristics of the wine's composite grapes. Only 400 bottles were produced and the wine is now sold out.

Providores Bar Manager, Melanie Ellis, says the 2007 Seresin Chiaroscuro was selected as the wine of the month because of its uniqueness.

"We believe it is one of the very special wines to come out of NZ. Very rarely are wines made this way and the story behind how it evolved is such a nice one to tell. I think people are a little dubious about ordering it off our list as it is so unique and without guidance people are unaware of it’s potential. We want to get people to understand and love this wine, the way we do!"

Providore's Chef and co-owner Peter Gordon, suggests matching a glass of Chiaroscuro with a salad of crispy pork belly and green papaya with lychees and tamarind caramel dressing.

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