23 February 2014
GREAT CHEF TAKES DRINKSTER TO LUNCH
Look who arrived today to carry the Drinkster to a perfect slow lunch at Fino ... Donata and Stefano de Pieri, with their daughter Claudia and son Domenico, who've been holidaying in McLaren Vale to celebrate Domenico's return after a six month winemaking tour of Italy. Stefano and his family share my delight at the new wave of more elegant, less industrial wines the more sensitive and bright makers are striving to perfect. We toured the vineyards of Yangarra and Clarendon Estates, tasted Peter Fraser's wines, and then retired to Fino, where we surrendered to the waves of utter deliciousness Sharon Romero delivered to our happy table. You'd be very hard-pressed to find more enthusiastic dining company than a mob like this. Many great lies were swapped ... we have form.