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Dearest Friends of Albertine,
 
Ferragosto X Albertine
Scintillating Sicilian Wine Tasting
Wednesday 15th August

Our Rob is just back from a visit to Cantine Rallo, who have been producing fine wines in Western Sicily since 1860. 

Andrea Vesco and his wife Irene took the helm of this ancient house in 1990 and turned the viniculture to completely organic and partially biodynamic agriculture. Being based in beautiful Marsala their speciality has always been the wine eponymous of this town, both in the sweet "Superiore" version and dry "Vergine" version, similar to dry sherry.
 
Andrea & Irene have also branched out expanded the range to include dry wines made with grapes indigenous of Sicily such as Grillo, Cataratto, Nero d'Avola and Perricone, and also produce one of the cleanest orange wines we’ve ever tasted. Using only natural yeast in the air of the cantina, left to ferment at its own pace, then matured in acacia wood barrels, this is the perfect example of the kind of work that this creative and adventurous winemakers have been doing both in the vineyard than in the cellar.
 
Their wines regularly win awards in Italy’s most prestigious guide, Gambera Rosso, and count various royal families around Europe as their customers. 
 
Ferragosto is the peak of summer for Italians ... just another excuse to have a day off and go to the beach since 18BC when emperor Augustus decided to make it a national holiday.

So what better way can there be to spend it than drinking and learning about some fine Italian wines!

That's why on Wednesday 15th August we'll be offering this very exclusive wine tasting. 

Tickets are £28 including some excellent Sicilian nibbles; Just ask at the bar, email hello@albertine.london or call us on 020 8743 9593 to book your place at this tastiest of tables.
 

Right to Roam's brunch club
Sunday 19th August


On Sunday 19th August, Albertine will become 'Albert's Cafe' for a special pop up Brunch collaboration. In a nod to the fact that Albertine gave its name to Albert Square, Right to Roam - a local supper club run by Ed, one of our lovely chefs - will transform Albertine into a greasy spoon with a difference.  A four course brunch menu will riff around a Full English, but in ways you’ve never quite seen before …
 

Early Bird Tickets at £30 go on sale at the start of August: register your interest now at itsrighttoroam@gmail.com or visit @itsrighttoroam Insta page for more details.
 
Sing it, Cliff!

We’re all going on a … Summer Holiday! Yes, the crew are all going their separate ways for a week of well-earned rest at the end of August: Albertine will be closed from Thursday 23rd, reopening on Thursday 30th August. Rob & Helen are going to cook at a friends house in Greece, whilst Poppy will most likely be found shaking her booty on a Carnival float!

Meanwhile, we've got an Artist-in-Residence... 
 

…because whilst the Mothership is shut we’re giving the keys to internationally renowned artist and Friend of Albertine Toby Morgan, who is going to shake up and funk up our Dining Room. It’ll be a work in progress for a couple of weeks, but do come by in September to check out the new look for our little Restaurant….
 
Enjoy the summer & see you very soon!
Allegra, Rob & Paul
xxx

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