Since last year, when Kolonade snapped up well deserved 2 stars in our competition, its wine list has certainly gained weight and ambition. First of all, it screams “ITALY!” and is full of Italy’s forgotten corners, treasured producers as well as plenty of back vintages. You won’t necessarily find all the glamorous Italian names here, however, Kolonade has gone out of its way and beyond the obvious choices to secure a very respectable collection of Italy! Well done! Where else could you enjoy a superbly priced vertical of Foradori’s Granato from 2004 to 2010, for example?
If Italian wines are not your cup of tea, there’s plenty of classic Spanish and French choices from a nostalgic 1977 vintage of Jean Leon to 2011 Bouchard’s Corton Charlemagne. Those requiring classic bubbles will notice an obvious love affair with just one Champagne producer – De Venoge - so don’t miss that marvellous 2002 for just €80!
In any case, come well in advance of your dinner - Kolonade’s wine tome does require some serious attention and reading. And while you read the list – you might as well as enjoy the magnificent location and view of the National Opera!
Sommelier’s Pick: 2011 Foradori Teroldego Rotaliano DOC (Trentino, Italy) and 2005 Vigna Piancastelli Terre Del Volturno IGT (Campania, Italy)