The Best of Italy

The Best of Italy

Italy produces the most wine in the world and has over 300 indigenous grape varieties and over 400 regional DOC and DOCG labels. Every province in Italy makes wine and yet here in the UK, we experience very little of the wonderful world of Italian wines.

So, here is your chance to explore the best of Italian wines, all from their own grape varieties, there is no Merlot or Chardonnay sampled this evening.

We will first journey to Veneto in NE Italy, home to Soave DOC, Valpolicella DOC and Bardolino DOC as well as being the main production area for Pinot Grigio.  Valpolicella comes in many forms, and tonight we will sample the most powerful the wonderfully named Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG.

Moving west into Piedmont, home of the mighty Nebbiolo grape, famed as the power behind Barolo DOCG and Barbaresco DOCG.  This region is also home to the delightful white wine; Gavi DOCG.

Next, we take the road to the South into Tuscany, home of Italy's most planted black grape - Sangiovese. If you aren't familiar with the grape's name, you will know its most famous wine - Chianti.  Like Valpolicella, Chianti comes in various forms, from simple, easy-drinking Chianti DOCG to the much more refined Chianti Classico DOCG.  Sangiovese is also the grape behind yet another big red wine from Tuscany - Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.

Finally, the south and the islands of Italy produce a huge amount of wine, much of it simple Vino Tavola (table wine) but is also home to some of the best kept secrets of the country.  Primitivo (known as Zinfandel in the USA) and Negroamaro from Puglia, Nero d'Avola from Sicily and Aglianico from Campania and Basilicata.  Amongst this sea of powerful red wine, the white Fiano grape gives a wine very different from the light bodied, acidic wines of the north.  Here is a white wine with considerable weight and lower acidity.

This course will strip away some of the mystery of Italian wine and we will attempt to finally answer the question posed by Italian wine makers as to which is the "best wine of Italy?"

If you ask the Venetians they will tell you that Amarone is the finest wine in Italy.  The Piedmontese disagree and will insist that it is Barolo that is the "king of wines and the wine of kings". Tuscany underwent a revolution in the 1970s and produced the most expensive wines Italy has ever produced, known as "Super Tuscans".  Things have calmed down a little now, and the locals will smile and tell you that Brunello is Italy's best wine.  Finally, there is a dark horse in the field.  Aglianico del Vulture DOC from the far South of Italy is often stated to be "the Barolo of the South".

We will sample all 4 of these amazing wines along with another 4 of Italy's best wines, all accompanied by some antipasti.

Professional ISO tasting glasses, all course materials including tasting sheets & water are provided

This evening tasting makes a great gift and can be purchased as a gift voucher for just £35.00

Places remaining: 8

Course Date/Time: Sat 21st Nov 2020 at 7.00-9.00pm

Duration: 2 Hours

Venue: Lion Hotel, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury

Event Price: £35.00

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