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Silo Restaurant and Lounge on the waterfront Newcastle, holds regular wine lunches. We dined recently on five courses of delicious food matched with Peppertree wines. The first course of Sydney rock oysters, wakame and salmon roe was matched with a sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir from Orange. The food and wine complemented each other perfectly, bringing out the best flavours of each element. This simple dish was a great blend of creaminess, saltiness, crunch and bubbles.
The seared scallops were divine, caramelised but not overcooked, and the orange and fennel salad stopped the dish from being too rich. The acidity and citrus notes of the 2017 Hunter Valley Semillon matched the scallops without being overpowered.
Potato gnocchi was paired with a Chardonnay from the Orange vineyards and the duck and lentils were well matched with an unusual blend of red wines. Every dish was delicious and the meal evolved as the courses and wines became 'heavier'. During the luncheon, one lucky diner won a special bottle of wine during a fun guessing game.
Silo's head chef Ebonnie Newby created a decadent menu that showcased the wonderful produce of the Hunter in collaboration with the winemakers from Peppertree vineyards. As well as being able to taste unusual pairings of food and wine, one has the opportunity to speak to the winemakers and to purchase the wines at special prices.
Dessert was pretty as a picture and tasted even better. A sticky Pinot Gris, vanilla bean pannacotta, honeycomb and lavender ice-cream was a combination of flavours that we would not have thought of but enjoyed immensely.
Degustation lunches and dinners are a great way to sample beautiful foods and wines.