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My favorite wine from Golden Glass SF

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007 at 10:58 am in Uncategorized.

I went to the Golden Glass event at Fort Mason on Saturday. It’s the fourth annual Italian wine tasting celebration from Lorenzo Scarpone, the local Slow Food maestro. The movement, as you probably know, started in Italy and encourages biodiversity, and the continuity of local traditions, foods and products.

There were 135 regional wines, delectable foods from 20 top restaurants (Chez Panisse, A16, Michael Mina) and 14 artisan producers and farmers (go Brentwood Olive Oil Association!). Hodo Soy, which you can find in the Ferry Building, made a flavorful cilantro tofu and Kung Pao tofu. I’m still thinking about both.

For some reason, the event, for me, lacked zest. I don’t know if it was the lack of clear signage denoting regions, but two of my wine-inclined friends, both of whom studied wine in Italy, agreed. We loved a handful of wines, but it wasn’t our favorite annual wine event in the City. I think RAP and Family Winemakers takes both cakes.

On to the wines. Chances are you’ll already familiar with these, as some are Italy’s top wines. Here goes:

San Michele Appiano Pinot Grigio Sankt Valentin 2004: What a beautiful white wine. From Trentino Alto Adige comes this round, sophisticated flavor that to me, is the perfect harmony between mineral and oak. I think lovers of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay can enjoy this wine. Imported by Siena Imports.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Castellum Vetus 2004: From Abruzzo, a gorgeous red wine of violets, blackberries and blueberry flavors. It was a favorite of everyone in my group. Imported by Villa Italia.

Castello del Terriccio Tassinaia 2002: From Toscana, 1/3 Sangiovese, 1/3 Cabernet and 1/3 Merlot make this peppery blend a perfect companion for spicy meatballs. Imported by Kobrand.

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