Wine Tasting - New Releases of Italian Reds from the Piedmont|
October 15th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Italian Reds from the Piedmont, for inclusion on our list. Bruce Magoon of Baker Distributing, will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions. Piedmont, Italy's westernmost region with borders on Switzerland and France, is hemmed in by the Alps and the Apennines, which explain why its name means "foot of the mountain. The climate is rigid by Italian standards, with distinct changes of season. Winters are cold with plenty of snow. Summers are for the most part hot and dry. Spring and fall are temperate to cool with fog normal at harvest time. But the most dramatic progress in the Asti and Alba areas has come with the ubiquitous Barbera, which after ages of being considered rather common has rapidly taken on aristocratic airs. The Barbera grape is the most widely planted variety in all of the Piedmont and makes a juicy, muscular red wine that is not as tannic as Barolo and Barbaresco. It is grown in nearly every major wine making region of the Piedmont but seems to do best near the towns of Alba and Asti. All types of red wine are made by growing and processing red (or black) grapes. The wine that is the end result will vary greatly, depending not only upon the type of grape grown, but several other factors. These factors include in which country and region the grapes are grown, how the climate, temperature, rain amount, and soil conditions affect the grapes during their growing season, and how each individual wine maker treats the grapes once they are harvested (picked). The best types of red wine are those in which all these factors come together perfectly to make a beautifully balanced, delicious wine. Most red wine grapes produce a more complex wine than white wines grapes. This is because red wine grapes stay on the vine longer due to their longer growing seasons in warmer climates. It's also because the skins of red wine grapes remain in contact with their juice, giving red wine its color, tannin and flavor. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Castello Gabiano, "Labraja", Barbera d'Asti 2010
Renato Ratti, "Colombe", Dolcetto d'Alba 2012
Pertinance, Nebbiolo Langhe 2010
Terre del Barola, Barolo 2009
Pertinance, Barbaresco 2010
Reservations required; please call the front desk at (802) 253-5742 or (800) 826-7000.
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