Yesterday was my birthday. I turned the big twenty-(secret!) and was spoiled to a ridiculously good dinner at Eros Ouzeri - a Greek restaurant in Adelaide's east-end, with amazing food and a cracking wine list.
For the starter, or should I say 'oretika', we had four half dips - this included Melitzanosalata, Tzatziki, Skordalia and Taramosalata - with grilled pitta bread. For the entree, we had Paithakia Salata - seared lamb cutlets, spring onion, Dodoni fetta and rosted garlic mash with red wine jus.
Then came the main: Saganaki Thalasino (pictured): handmade festoni ribbons, bug tails, local prawns, king scallops, cherry tomato flambéed with ouzo, fetta, garlic and chilli.
The vino? Massena Barbera 2011 from the Barossa Valley. Sure, 2011 was a bit of a hideous vintage - cold and wet weather making for high disease pressure and the like - but, my gosh, this wine was definitely a surviver.
I've had Barbera perhaps once or twice and fell in love with it instantly. Originally from northern Italy, Barbera is full of cherry flavour, acidity, soft tannins and boasts a burst of spice right from the get-go.
If you're looking for something truly unique and well-priced ($22 a bottle), you really can't not have this wine. It's a treat best drunk on any happy occasion and, with Mediterranean cuisine, it's a dream boat.