Italian Wine. An Education

I have to say that Italian wine has always been a bit of a mystery to me. It’s maybe because we have never holidayed in central or southern Italy or it might be just because I am linguistically challenged I just don’t know.

We finally put this right when we attended a launch party for a new web-based Italian fine wine business being launched by Annmarie Darrington-Wright. I have to declare a vested interest in that Annmarie is a good friend of my wife, Madam et vin.

The event was held  at Non Solo Vino in Chesterfield. They welcomed us with a glass of Vino Spumante Rose from producer La Farra, a soft vibrant pink sparkler.  Just the thing for a dark wet miserable afternoon in Derbyshire.

Annmarie hosted the event together with one of her business partners Andrea, a native Italian.

The concept is very simple, they want to bring their producers’ wines to the UK on an exclusive basis.  Whereas most merchants will choose a wine to fit a particular price point, they will find wines that they like and offer a distinctive experience and only then will see if the financials stack up.

This was my first ever tasting event and what great fun it was. We listened to a brief description of each wine and then began to taste our way through a Pinot Grigio DOC, a Friulano and finally for the whites, a really unusual wine which is grown near Lake Garda, Lugana DOC Perla.

To refresh our palates we had a Prosecco DOCG Brut again from La Farra. This was a proper prosecco – apples, pears and lovely tiny bubbles. Probably the best Prosecco I have tasted!

Then it was on to the reds, starting with Valpolicella Classico Ripasso DOC, moving through a baby Brunello on to the king of Italian wine, the Barolo from producer Barale Fratelli.  I was particulary interested in the Valpolicella as this wine goes through a second fermentation process which results in a more complex taste.

We stocked up on the Spumante Rose, Prosecco and the Valpolicella.

Do I now know more about Italian wines? Yes definitely.  My education has just begun!

If you are looking for good quality, well sourced wines then give them a go.

Fine Italian  Wine

Non Solo Vino       


About Man et Vin

I am a 47 year old living in Nottingham. Maybe, like me, you have become disillusioned by the quality and variety of most wine that is sold in the UK. I am not anti supermarket or wine store but there must be more out there. Please join me on my journey to find decent good value wine. At the same time I want to find out more about storage, availablity and discover some of the lesser known wine growing areas. I have nothing to do with the wine industry, as it happens I am a middle manager in a financial services company.
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