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A Vinous Giro D’Italia

by | Mar 27, 2019 | Fine Wine Tastings and Dinners | 0 comments

Our Giro d’Italia masterclass on 19th March was a celebration of top class Italian wines as we toured from the most north eastern tip, close to the Slovenian border, all the way down to Sicily.

Italy is a never ending source of wine exploration and exhibits the most extraordinary diversity of grape and style.

A quartet of Northern Italian whites kicked off proceedings. Pieropan’s La Rocca Soave is always top class – oozing richness that you rarely find in a normal Soave. Livio Felluga’s Terre Alte and Franz Haas’s Manna Cru were spicy, elegant and complex and the Chardonnay from Vie de Romans puts many a similarly priced Burgundy to shame.

Sicily is home to some stunning wines and the Donnafugata estate is a leader in innovation and design. Their flagship, Mille e Una Notte, is a rich mix of Nero d’Avola, Shiraz and Petit Verdot that has great ageing potential.

Next up were a duet from Tuscany. Valdipiatta’s Vigna d’Alfiero 2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was elegant and structured and great value for the quality, while Felsina’s Colonia Gran Selezione Chianti Classico was a masterpiece of harmoniously balanced and rich Sangiovese.

The wine selection concluded with the rare and quirky L*****Franc 2010 Cabernet Franc from Sperino which decades left in it and a sublime Moscato Rosa – Franz Haas’s sweet red from Alto Adige.

Bacco provided a delicious four course dinner of sea bass pasta, some gorgeous lamb, cheese and a Panna Cotta to die for.

The wines are listed on the Wines we have tasted page.

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“Throughout the 17 years I have attended Tim’s wine tasting events, he has continued to deliver his extensive knowledge of wine and wine-making with great charm, and lots of humour, making the evenings not only informative, but also great fun. In the course of an average year, the tastings cover a kaleidoscope of different wine themes – interesting and entertaining for all, novices and experts alike. And the wines taste pretty good too!”

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