Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Wog With The Grog Majolini Media Lunch at Ormeggio at The Spit

The Wog With The Grog hosted a lunch at the renowned hatted Sydney restaurant Ormeggio At The Spit last week, to celebrate the arrival of Simone Maiolini from the Majolini wine brand from the Northern Italian region of Lombardia.

The exquisite lunch - by Ormeggio's Alessandro Pavoni and head chef Victor Moya - was enjoyed by our special guests: food and wine media, keen to meet the maker Simone, and The Wog With The Grog's Roberto Dessanti, as well as enjoy the legendary food at Ormeggio.

Of course, the lunch also showcased the impeccable wines from the family-owned and run Majolini vineyard in the famous Franciacorta region, including the just-launched 'M Series' from the brand.

The multi-course meal was exceptional - the photos below speak for themselves. Don't blame us if you're salivating! Get yourself to Ormeggio stat, and make sure you sample all the wines from the Majolini range.

Franciacorta is both the region where the wines originate from and the term used for the method - Italy's word for France's 'champagne'.

Millions of Franciacorta devotees will attest - drinking Italy's liquid gold is quite the experience. Immerse yourself!

To buy direct from The Wog With The Grog - the consumer arm of wholesale wine and spirits merchant Euro Concepts - just click here or call 1300 104 060 or see their exclusive selection at Dan Murphy's (online only).

Enjoy some special Ormeggio lunch photos - to see the rest, go to the Instagram page of The Wog With The Grog and follow us! Click right here and follow.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Majolini: The Wog With The Grog - sole Australian importer

The Wog With The Grog is the sole importer of an Italian gem of a sparkling wine brand 'Majolini'. 

Wine and food editors will have the rare opportunity to sample specially selected world class sparkling wines from the Majolini brand, the distinguished wine company which hails from the northern Italian region of Franciacorta, Lombardia, when the owner Simone Maiolini comes to Australia for the first time, to celebrate the launch of the new ‘M Series’ Majolini sparkling wine.

The event will be northern Italian food and wine heaven, as delicious food will match Majolini sparkling wines, prepared by Alessandro Pavoni and his team at the famed hatted restaurant Ormeggio at The Spit.

Here are the beautiful headquarters of the Majolini vineyards in Italy:

Alessandro’s restaurant is the only one in Australia that serves this magical drop, and Roberto is the sole importer of the brand, with more excitement now gathering around the new addition to the Majolini range, the ‘M Series.’

More about the Majolini brand (their logo is below):

The ancestry of the brand can be traced back to when the family arrived in the Italian region of Ome in the fifteenth century, and their passion for viticulture was born almost immediately. The name ‘Majolini’ was borne from the Maiolini surname and a local grape variety called the ‘majolina’, and the legend of the brand was created.

Since 1981, the brand’s goal has been to expand their vineyard’s potential, to protect and increase the extent of the vineyard, and to optimise their winemaking procedures while respecting the tradition of the art.

The north-eastern area of the Franciacorta region where Majolini hails from is made up of layers of pure white limestone (known as ‘medolo’), giving minerals and structure to the wines produced there. Of uppermost importance is that Majolini wines are created with skillful care and always respecting the land and its traditions.

The hashtags for the day are will be #Majolini #EuroConcepts #TheWogWithTheGrog #Ormeggio #LombardiaWineAndFood so stay tuned for the social media conversation in coming weeks.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Who IS 'The Wog With The Grog'?

Welcome to 'The Wog With The Grog' page!
So, who is this 'wog' and what is his grog?
The 'wog' is Roberto Dessanti. And his love affair with good grog goes way back.

Roberto (or Robert, or Rob, depending on who is addressing him and on what hemisphere he is on) and his passion for good food and wine emerged from an early age.
Australian born, Roberto is strongly influenced by his Italian born parents and their heritage (from the regions of Piemonte and Friuli), and has now made sharing this passion for fine wine with connoisseurs and novices his life’s work through the wholesale and distribution company he founded six years ago called Euro Concepts.
From this, two years ago he founded the consumer-focused company he named ‘The Wog With The Grog’, coined from friendly jibes from fellow wine buffs who’d remark: “Here comes the wog with the grog!”
As we now know, the word ‘wog’ has evolved into a term of endearment for Australians with an (usually European) overseas heritage. At each show he exhibits, the cheeky moniker has a favourable reaction, with crowds drawn to its humour and obvious element of fun.
Since the age of eighteen, Roberto has travelled regularly to Italy, especially to his parents’ ancestral region of Piemonte in Italy’s north, learning the secrets of what constitutes good food and wine. This region is famous for it, and Roberto now tries to capture that with each product he handpicks to bring back home to Australia for fellow Australians to enjoy. As a young adult, Roberto regularly travelled to the Trieste region each year, as part of ‘Young Giuliani’, where groups of eager young adults travelled to their grandparents’ and parents’ birthplace. It was here they were immersed in culture and history of the region, learning the Italian art of ‘la dolce vita’.
In 2004, Roberto (now 41) took the opportunity to study at the prestigious International School of Management in Trieste, and has since successfully assisted Italian companies to export their product around the world. From this, Roberto founded Euro Concepts Sydney, a premium wine and food importer and distributor, making its mark on the food and beverage scene since 2009.
Roberto’s background has also seen him work across all aspects of hospitality, from five star hotels, to ‘mum and dad’ style operations, getting to know the industry so well he is sought to consult establishments regularly, tapping into his managerial and international experience. Like any bona fide Italophile, Roberto carries with him the knowledge gained as a youngster atop a stool watching nonna and mamma cook, and has married that with formal training acquired in hospitality studies, from being at the ‘frontline’ on a kitchen floor and behind the scenes of a restaurant operation.

Back to the wine! The personality of each wine Roberto chooses is linked to its country of origin, its climate, and to the care taken in harvesting and creating it, and the personality of the wine maker. That quality he seeks out for each product is not an abstract concept for Roberto, but a truly tangible thing, and he displays that by choosing the right wines to pass on to the consumer. Passion, tradition, quality and innovation are the foundation of Roberto’s beliefs, which is demonstrated in all the products he represents.

Each wine chosen by Roberto also demonstrates his understanding of what works in the Australian market, and taps into his accounting background and his early education in hospitality and tourism.
For Roberto, his approach to choosing each wine must meet his criteria in paying homage to the winemaker, and telling the story of their culture and heritage. When it comes to selling these wines to the everyday consumer via The Wog With The Grog, Roberto’s belief is to source superior products and on-sell them to the wine aficionado at a fair price, rather than source inferior product and mark it up unfairly.
Says Roberto: “I see what our competitors do because I am out there buying for them, too. The consumer accessing what we sell at The Wog With The Grog gets the best possible product, with a colourful backstory, at an exceptional price.”

This is why The Wog With The Grog is destined for big things in the Australian alcohol world.
Stay tuned!