Sassicaia vs Ornellaia: The Secret Wine Dinner
25 January 2016

The Secret Wine Dinners  Saga - Sassicaia  vs Ornellaia

It was just over a year ago, last December, when we launched the idea of ​​Secret Wine Dinners, starring every time one icon wine.

Well time flies and after 9 vintages of Chateau Margaux, 8 of Grange and another 8 of iconic Greek wine Vignes Franches from Domaine Dalamara, here comes the 4th Secret Wine Dinner!!!

The festive season is here!

For the festive period since the event took place on December 28 we thought of something a bit more challenging. So we came with the idea of not just one, but two legendary wines!

May we present you…

Sassicaia: the archetypal expression of Cabernet Sauvignon in Italy, typically 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc


Ornellaia: the typical Bordeaux Bled with a good portion of Merlot in its composition, the magic touch of Michel Rolland, luxurious new oak (70% versus 33% of Sassi) and a fuller, perhaps riper character.

Bodylicious or elegance?

Well the winner of this "competition" will be soon revealed in our next post! Stay tuned for that and the tasting notes for vintages 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 1995 only for Sassicaia. 

The Secret agents for a spectacular wine-dinner…

Evangelos Psofidis, the Head Sommelier of Hotel Grande Bretagne Cellar: The key guy to this successful evening, who managed to prepare to perfection nearly 200 glasses of Sassicaia & Ornellaia and 

Sotiris Evangelou the head chef of Hotel Grande Bretagne: who presented an imaginative menu

The menu:

Delicate flavours introduced us to a magnificent fine tartare with winter truffles. A pirate, revealed to be textbook Pauillac Lynch Bages from the glorious 2005 vintage makes its appearance to compare and contrast styles and personalities with its Italian cousins.

And as we thought that there was nothing more to expect, here comes the chef bringing along a slow cooked homemade lamb dish to pair the 2004 and 2006 vintages. Exciting times!

Being weight conscious, this time we skipped dessert and finished our dinner with a board of deliciously smelly French cheese.

Well wine is passion and we certainly love to share it with you!

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