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Taste of London took us on a culinary journey to Italy.

Taste of London Festival at Tobacco Docks year this allowed us to sample the finest Italian Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Grana Padano and Prosciutto San Daniele DOP ham in one place. It was a great couple of days with many guests signing up for more than one tasting to really enjoy the different Proseccos available.


It’s really no surprise the United Kingdom is the biggest consumer of Prosecco in the world. It’s damn good stuff.  Neil, The Wine Tipster had us entertained as he told us all about Prosecco DOC and Grana Pandano. He even introduced us to the Prosecco DOC Rosè which was divine.

Because this weekend, it was the first time, the two heritage Italian brands and consortiums of Prosecco DOC and Grana Padano were in attendance together in the capital to offer festival goers the opportunity to sample the finest Prosecco and Grana Padano cheese. All brought to life with live cooking demonstrations and masterclasses, hosted by Danilo Cortellini, Head Chef of the Italian Embassy in London and celebrated wine expert Neil Phillips for a truly immersive experience.

As I attended the Friday and the Saturday, I was able to try two of the dishes created by Danilo Cortellini! They were phenomenal. Who knew that you could use the rind of Parmesan in stocks, soups and puffed up in the microwave as a snack? I sure didn’t.

They were joined by DOC Delle Venezie, the consortium of Italian Pinot Grigio producers who offered wines by the glass selected from the Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino regions to sample and savour. It was really interesting to learn about the wine regions of Italy and how the wines were produced.

The Friuli Venezia Giulia Tourist Board(PromoTurismoFVG) we’re also be on hand to visitors on a tour of the North-East region of Italy with a selection of wines, cheese and ham pairings specially curated for this year’s Taste of London festival. The wines were delicious as was the fresh cheese and ham that pairs perfectly well.

I had a great time on the two days I attended and loved being introduced to brands I hadn’t heard of or only knew a little bit about.

Written by Tegan LeBon.

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