Mat and Hazel gave the membership a very good, interesting and thorough tour of wines and cheeses from that part of Italy we all know of but probably don't know.
The regions of Veneto and Friuli in the North Eastern part of Italy.
So, an behalf of all the Wine Club members a very big thank you to Mat and Hazel for all their considerable efforts of organising the evening - not least of all, quite literally carrying the many bottles of wine and mixed cheeses from Italy in their luggage that we are able to enjoy on the 22nd.
Italy is famous for many types of wine and many, many grape varieties, I doubt if there are any experts so knowledgeable that all of the 1,000 plus varieties would be known by one person. The country, unlike the rest of Europe, was not devastated by the fungal infection that decimated the major areas of wine growing in Europe in the later days of the 19 century.
So what of the wines?
As ever to drink Proseccco is always a boost to how one feels, and the first wine, a lively, fresh and crisp Prosecco was a joy to start our tasting with. The vineyard (Ruggeri) produce about a million bottles a year with 40% of the production exported. A Google search will bring up Tesco as a suplier of this wine if bought via their delivery service. Incidentally I see that Tesco is the biggest supplier of wine within the UK supplying 1 in every 4 bottles of wine sold here.
This was accompanied by a rare treat, a cheese made form both Gorganzola and Mozzarella. Just gorgeous and a perfect match
How was the wine? Well best drunk in the sun, in the evening with friends, the wine would be a delight under such circumstances, the Village Hall was really warm last night, we were with friends, so almost there. So yes an enjoyable 'soft wine' that was very easy and good to drink. Possibly best with 'nibbles' or a light meal.
Wine number four was a Friuli wine, now if you come from Venito or Friuli this becomes very important, I can speak with some personal experience when I can report of the fierce local pride that those from the various regions of Italy describe the area in which the live and work. Also the fierce pride that is given over to the local wines, cheeses hams etc. So this wine was from Friulo, a fine red, but made from a grape variety that you, Dear Reader, you may or possible not have heard of, it is the Refosco dal peduncolo rosso. Very little tanin or astringency here, a super wine to have with a pasta dish.
The Mystery wine was for all but two people remained a mystery, a wine that was said to come from Hungary, UK or Chile but if fact was from France and was the very same wine that was tasted by us at the tasting last Autumn when we were joined by the manager of the Montravel vineyard in France. It was the vineyard's Sec.
The NEXT meeting will be on the evening of MAY 31st, the wines will be chosen from those available sold under the Fairtrade label.
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