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Regional wines from Italy, tonight at Prima

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 at 3:15 pm in Uncategorized.

Wine-growing regions of ItalySo speaking of indigenous grapes, let’s get to know Italy better! Heard of Falanghina? How about Aglianico? (I know, sounds great, huh?). Prima in Walnut Creek was set to host an event celebrating six winemakers from different regions tonight at 6 p.m. Due to a scheduling snafu, however, the Italian winemakers can’t make it. In their absence, importers representing the six regions will come by to pour the wines. The price for the event has been reduced to $40, including passed appetizers.

Not unlike Bordeaux or Burgundy, understanding the individual characteristics of Italy’s diverse regions is the most important step we can take to help unravel the complexities of Italian wine and food. I, for one, could leave my big New World wines aside for 10 minutes and learn something. Here are the regions showing. Join me! RSVP at 925-935-7780.

Sicily….presented by Springboard Wines: 2004 Poggio Bortolone Cerasuolo di Vittoria, 2005 Di Giovanni Grecanico Blanc and 2005 Di Giovanni Nero D’avola.

Alto Adige…..featuring the wines of the famous Elena Walch including her 2005 Lagrein, 2005 Pinot Bianco, and the 2004 Tre Bicchieri winning Gewurtztraminer.

Tuscany….…presented by Kobrand: 2001 Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino, 2004 Sassicaia Guidalberto and 2004 Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo.

The Veneto…..presented by the Henry Wine Group and the wines of Zenato, Allegrini and
Tommaso Bussola…from Prosecco to Amarone.

Campania……presented by Oliver McCrum Wines including indigenous varieties like Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina, Aglianico and Piedrosso. I’m particularly excited about these.

Piedmont……presented by Wine Warehouse: 2005 Conterno Fantino Barbera d’Alba, 2001 Pio Cesare Barbaresco and 2001 Luigi Einaudi Barolo Grimaldi-Le Coste.

This photo is courtesy of John Rittmaster, Prima, Walnut Creek, CA: click on it to see a larger version

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