This month we shine the Perfect Pairing spotlight on long-time Arquilla client and Director of Strategy at Trout Creative Thinking, Carlo Tarquinio for his top reccomendations for both an everyday and a special occaision wine.
Situated in the thriving cultural hub of Collingwood, Trout is one of Melbourne’s leading independent creative agencies, specialising in memorable brand design and engagement, with a focus on strategy and creative development.
Carlo is as generous and passionate about good food and wine as he is about brand and design, especially the Italian variety. He frequents many of the best Melbourne restaurants and it’s not uncommon to find him befriending the establishment, pairing wines, matching wits and sharing his enjoyment in the good things on offer.
“Choosing my favourite everyday wine was tough. I’m a red wine guy and have enjoyed many Arquilla wines over the years. So there were quite a few options on my short list, with the final contenders including Burchino Chianti, Zenato Valpolicella, La Segreta from Planeta and Cantina Terlano’s Pinot Noir.
All are easy but interesting drinking and versatile from a food matching perspective. I must admit, it doesn’t feel quite right to call any of these wines ‘everyday’ as they’re quite special and certainly not your ordinary quaff.
My favourite everyday wine is Il Nebbio, Langhe Rosso DOC from Pio Cesare. It’s my go-to wine. Made from Nebbiolo grapes it has all the class and substance of good Piedmont reds. Year on year, it is a proven performer and a consistent crowd pleaser. For me, it is equally satisfying with a toasted ham and cheese sandwich as mushroom risotto. It’s a good feeling driving home from a long day at work knowing there’s a bottle in the cupboard.
Choosing my special occasion wine was easier. I considered the usual suspects from Tuscany and Piemonte and came close to nominating Domenico Clerico’s Barolo Reserve Per Cristina, which exemplifies superb winemaking.
But I landed on the Adrano Montepulciano D’Abruzzo by Villa Medoro. Perhaps a little sentimentally as my family hails from Abruzzo, the home of this wine. I feel the grape variety Montepulciano D’Abruzzo doesn’t receive the recognition it deserves and a good one has all the complexity and elegance of more popular varietals.
The Adrano is a great example of the variety and winemaking at its best. And the judges from Gambero Rosso agree, as the Adrano has won the coveted Tre Bicherri award on several occasions. This is a single vineyard Montepulciano from the DOCG of Colline Terramane. It’s smooth and elegant but packs a punch. It’s also versatile. I have enjoyed it with many great dinners including my mother’s lasagna, parpadelle with duck ragu, braised goat with polenta and a traditional lamb roast.
For me, the Adrano represents everything I love about wine - the character of the region, the art of making, the passion of food and the joy of family and friends.”