Having just celebrated its fifth birthday, Veeno café on Duncan Street invited us down for wine and charcuterie tasting.
Although I’ve been to Veeno’s several times, for example when we went to their Selezione tasting, visiting this specific venue was a first for me. Even with its central location, I’ve never found myself testing it out.The venue is smaller than what I had expected and in terms of seating its limited, yet enough.
Through the intimacy of the café, with the few people present, it already looked full, yet with every new eager wine taster that came through the door, a seat was also found.We decided to one the next floor up, at the top in their mezzanine which was outlined by an L-shaped cushioned couch. We sat in the corner, with a good overview of the full café, including the bar where we caught glimpse of some food.
Free for all to sample whilst folks enjoyed their wines, was a selection of cheese, breads and meats. A nice little touch to keep the hunger somewhat tamed.As part of our visit, we tried a range of their wine flights between the four of us. From various whites, to roses and reds, we each had our personal favourites, but enjoyed testing each comparing our verdicts in comparison to one another.
The Grande board was served to complement the wines, a platter full of Italian cheese and meats. The gorgonzola was a personal highlight, alongside the garlic sausage and focaccia bread. We all tucked in gloriously, excited to try all the different combinations.The board itself was divine, and between four, the platter was quickly devoured, satisfying the initial hunger.
We moved onto testing the organic wine flight, which included the Catarratto, Grillo, Perricone and Nero d’Avola, from which I found the flavours most interesting.Favourite though was the family rose, the Syrah from the Sicilian region. It was light, fruity and easy wine to enjoy.
After a good hour of discussing wines and reminiscing the beautiful charcuterie board, we made a tactical move to dine out, as after all, it was school night and too much wine before a substantial meal may have been a headache the next day.
We shall look forward to returning some day soon.