Expert sommelier Terry Threlfall has joined La Pentola’s team of knowledgeable staff as consulting wine director; taking the wine list back to the restaurant’s Northern Italian roots and bringing more than a decade of wine industry experience to the table.
Chef-duo Adam Pegg and Lucais Syme of Vancouver’s award-winning La Quercia restaurant deliver artfully crafted, Northern Italian cuisine at La Pentola della Quercia, inside OPUS Hotel Vancouver. Threlfall will be taking inspiration from their Italian-flavoured menu to create a unique wine program that focuses on Northern Italy and includes a range of BC wines that showcases local wineries and fully complements the locally-sourced produce used at La Pentola.
“We’re really excited to be working with Terry and using his great bank of knowledge and experience to elevate the dining experience at La Pentola,” says Chef-owner Lucais Syme. “Terry will be training our professional service staff with seminars and tastings every two weeks to pass on his passion for uncovering British Columbian gems and exploring the Italian wine regions.”
“Italian wine is fascinating,” says Threlfall. “It’s all about the regions. There are thousands of great varietals and styles – you could take Italy and make it into five countries. It’s staggering how many wines come from Northern Italy.”
Expect varietals such as Barola and Barbaresco from the Northwestern Piedmont region of Italy and Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanco, Valpolicella and Amarone from the Northeastern Veneto area, as well as some excellent Okanagan gems.
“I’m looking forward to expressing the ethos of La Pentola through a focus on Northern Italian wines that pair beautifully with the stunning food,” says Threlfall. “We’re having fun making this wine list unique and we want this to be a premium dining experience in terms of wine service and food pairings.”
Certified by the International Sommelier Guild, Threlfall began his career in Vancouver working at respected restaurants such as West before moving to the UK and joining London’s Michelin-starred Chez Bruce restaurant as Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer. After five years with Chez Bruce, Threlfall returned to Vancouver in 2011 to open Hawksworth Restaurant as Wine Director. In October 2012 he went freelance to pursue consultancy work and focus on mentoring and international judging engagements. Last year Threlfall was awarded Sommelier of the Year by Vancouver Magazine, the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival and Sunset Magazine – he was also named one of the ‘Top Foodies Under 40’ by Western Living Magazine.
About La Pentola della Quercia
Adam Pegg and Lucais Syme of Vancouver’s award-winning La Quercia restaurant deliver artfully crafted, Northern Italian cuisine at La Pentola della Quercia, inside OPUS Hotel Vancouver. Complementing the chef-duo, the city’s most passionate and experienced servers, each expertly trained on all aspects of the menu, skillfully present the handmade pasta and custom “nose to tail” meat and fish dishes at this Vancouver hot-spot. Call 604-642-0557 or visit www.lapentola.ca for more information.