April 2016 Meeting - Wines from Northern Italy

This month's presentation was hosted by Barry and Linda who took us on a tour of the wines of northern Italy ...


Wines from Northern Italy

 1.  Prosecco di  Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV, DOCG, Italy

  • Origin  La Marca winery located in Oderzo,in the Veneto region, it’s members own about 8,000 hectare s of the vineyards on the hills and the plain. Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to  aid the  continual improvement of the wine quality
  • Grape- Prosecco
  • Taste  A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and Pineapples
  • Enjoy  Ideal as an aperitif or to accompany a light lunch.
  • Outlet  Majestic
  • Guess the Price     £_________________      Score (out of 10)


2. Briccetto Trebbiano 2014, IGT Rubicone

  • Origin- Under various different names and guises, Trebbiano is one of Europe’s most extensively Planted white grape varieties, found in innumerable blends and styles, but it generally only The Italians who use it to make this kind of single-varietal dry white .
  • Grape- Trebbiano
  • Taste- Fresh and straightforward, this wine offers plenty of soft citrus, white peach and pear fruit with subtle white flower  aromatics.  Dry, soft edged and clean on the finish.
  • Enjoy- Chill well and enjoy on its own,  or with lightly dressed salads or creamy spaghetti  dishes.
  • Outlet         Majestic
  • Guess the price   -    £_______________        Score (out of 10 ) 


3. Pinot Grigio 2014 Natale Verga

  • Origin- This winery was founded in 1895 by Enrico Verga, who gained a reputation for fine Barolos. It is now run by great-grandson Natale along with his father and sisters. Their Pinot Grigio comes from vineyards in Pavia ,Lombardy, close to the border with Piedmont.
  • Grape- Pinot Grigio
  • Taste- Delicate in both aromatics and flavours ,this a classic north Italian Pinot Grigio, offering gentle Pear, white apple and refreshing citrus characters and subtle accents of blossom.
  • Enjoy- Perfect with simple seafood dishes
  • Outlet- Majestic
  • Guess the price  £___________________      Score (out of 10)

4. Gavi 2014, Araldica

  • Origin- Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese  grape which is Indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast.
  • Grape- Cortese
  • Taste- Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle Aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate with enduring mouthwatering acidity.
  • Enjoy- Drink with spaghetti  Genovese, or any seafood dish  
  • Outlet-Magestic
  • Guess  the price   £_________________       Score (out of 10)

5. Barola Araidica 2011,

  • Origin-Araldica is a large co-operative based in Piedmont with over 900ha of vineyards and 200 individual growers.  The grapes for this Barolo come from the classic villages of Baroia itself, la Morra, Serralunga d’Alba and Grinzane Cavour.
  • Grape- Nebbiolo
  • Taste- This lovely ruby coloured wine exhibits aromas of plums, leather and violets.  The palate is rich with red fruits, spice and a hint of smoke.  The finish is long and complex.
  • Enjoy- A great match for all sorts of foods from grilled steak, stewed beef, cep risotto or strong hard cheese
  • Outlet- Majestic
  • Guess the price £____________________      Score (out of 10)

6. ‘Sassailo’ Rosso Piceno 2011, Monte Schiavo

  • Origin- Rosso Piceno DOC is part of the region of Marches, just north of Rome on the east side of Italy. Wines from this region were  already known in Roman times and Hannibal reportedly used it to rub down his cavalry  horses on his march to Rome, to give them vigour.
  • Grape- Montepulciano, Sangiovese
  • Taste- A wine offering the elegance of Sangiovese combined  with the charming ripe fruit of the Montepulciano. Smooth and rich on the palate with a long balanced finish.
  • Enjoy- Absolutlely an all- rounder, this goes particularly well with rich pasta dishes.
  • Outlet- Majestic
  • Guess the price £____________________     Score (out of 10)

7. Chianti Classico San Leonino 2012, Tenimenti  Angelini

  • Origin- Chianti comes from the famous region of Tuscan in West-central Italy.  This Chianti, is from the heartland of the Chianti zone from the perfect south-easterly facing slopes near the village of San Leonino,
  • Grape- Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Taste- This is a very traditional style of Chianti.  Full of red  cherry flavours and violets, with vibrant acidity, hints of sweet spices and beautiful long silky finish. Drink now or keep for 3-4 years.
  • Enjoy- The acidity in this wine make it a perfect food match to most Italian foods. A perfect partner to roast meats,pasta  dishes and pizza.
  • Outlet-Majestic
  • Guess the price £_____________________      Score (out of 10)