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Italian Wine Night

  1. 1. Italian Wine Night Fly Club Wine Seminar 7 May 2009 Mitchell Dong AB ’75 Italian Wine Consumer
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Welcome to Italian wine night </li></ul><ul><li>Sample my favorite Italian wines </li></ul><ul><li>Prosecco, gavi, pinot grigio </li></ul><ul><li>Chianti classico, barolo, moscato </li></ul><ul><li>I am an Italian wine consumer </li></ul><ul><li>Lived in Italy for 15 summers </li></ul><ul><li>I am not in the wine business </li></ul>
  3. 3. Tonight’s Wines <ul><li>Starter ( figs/ proscuito) </li></ul><ul><li>Prosecco di Conegliano - Canella (means cinnamon) </li></ul><ul><li>Prosecco Vigneto Giardino - Adami (garden vineyard) </li></ul><ul><li>Antipasto ( mozzarella/ cheese, salami/ bread sticks) </li></ul><ul><li>Gavi di Gavi – Cristina Ascheri </li></ul><ul><li>Gavi Principessa – Banfi </li></ul><ul><li>Prima Piatti (risotto con fungi) </li></ul><ul><li>Chianti Classico – Isole e Olena </li></ul><ul><li>Chianti Classico – Villa Cafaggio </li></ul><ul><li>Secondo Piatti (carne) </li></ul><ul><li>Barbaresco Martinenga – Marchesi di Gresy </li></ul><ul><li>Barolo – Gaja Sperss </li></ul><ul><li>Formaggio ( Cheese) </li></ul><ul><li>Pinot Grigio – Terlano </li></ul><ul><li>Pinot Grigio – Alois Lageder </li></ul><ul><li>Dolce (gelato italiano) </li></ul><ul><li>Moscato d’Asti – Cristina Ascheri </li></ul><ul><li>Moscato d’Asti - Alasia </li></ul>
  4. 4. Geographical Characteristics of Italy for Wine Production <ul><li>Extensive latitude: from Alps to Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Long shoreline: moderate climate </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive mountains and foothills: wide range of climate and soils </li></ul>
  5. 5. Italy Sud (South) Centrale Venezie (Northeast) Nordouest <ul><li>4 Wine Areas </li></ul><ul><li>20 Wine Regions </li></ul>
  6. 6. Prosecco di Conegliano - Canella <ul><li>DOC </li></ul><ul><li>No date – younger the better (so it doesn’t lose bubbles) </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol: 11% </li></ul><ul><li>Varietal: Prosecco </li></ul><ul><li>Region: Veneto (near Venezia) </li></ul><ul><li>Color: Brilliant straw yellow </li></ul><ul><li>Light, Bubbly, Clear, Crisp, Lemony </li></ul><ul><li>Fun, Easy, Simple </li></ul><ul><li>Bouquet is tangy, fruity </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t taste the alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>$20 (less than Champagne) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Prosecco Vigneto Giardino - Adami <ul><li>DOC </li></ul><ul><li>Year: 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol: 11% </li></ul><ul><li>Varietal: Prosecco </li></ul><ul><li>Region: Veneto (near Venezia) </li></ul><ul><li>Color: Straw yellow </li></ul><ul><li>Spumante, Clear, Light, Fizzante </li></ul><ul><li>Drier, More texture, More serious </li></ul><ul><li>Slightly bitter, but slight hint of sweetness </li></ul><ul><li>Taste more of alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>Vigneto Giardino translated = Vineyard Garden </li></ul><ul><li>$25 (less than Moet & Chandon - $40-50) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Italian Wine Laws (Lege) <ul><li>Vino da Tavola </li></ul><ul><li>-VDT -Simple table wines </li></ul><ul><li>-No vintage date -No varietal name </li></ul><ul><li>Indicazione Geografica Tipica </li></ul><ul><li>-IGT -1992 </li></ul><ul><li>-French Vin du Pays -Specific region </li></ul><ul><li>-Varietal type -Vintage </li></ul><ul><li>-Super Tuscans -120 IGTs. </li></ul><ul><li>Denominazione di Origine Controllata </li></ul><ul><li>-DOC -Registered by government </li></ul><ul><li>-Zone of origin -Alcohol content </li></ul><ul><li>-Age -311 DOCs </li></ul><ul><li>Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita </li></ul><ul><li>-DOCG -Most stringent category </li></ul><ul><li>-Grower and bottler -Place of bottling </li></ul><ul><li>-Alcohol strength -Zone of origin </li></ul><ul><li>-Gov't seal of approval -32 DOCGs </li></ul>DOC VDT IGT DOCG
  9. 9. Gavi di Gavi – Christina Ascheri <ul><li>DOCG </li></ul><ul><li>Year: 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol: 12.5% </li></ul><ul><li>Varietal: 100% Cortese </li></ul><ul><li>Region: Piedmont (Piemonte) </li></ul><ul><li>Color: Pale straw yellow </li></ul><ul><li>Very popular label, a best seller </li></ul><ul><li>No bouquet, Almost no legs </li></ul><ul><li>Nice front </li></ul><ul><li>After taste – slightly bitter </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to drink, Very friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Light color </li></ul><ul><li>First on white list in restaurant for $30-45 </li></ul><ul><li>Retails for $20 in store (good value) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Gavi Principessa - Banfi <ul><li>DOCG </li></ul><ul><li>Year: 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol: 12% </li></ul><ul><li>Varietal: 100% Cortese Gavi </li></ul><ul><li>Region: Piedmont (Piemonte) </li></ul><ul><li>Color: Pale yellow </li></ul><ul><li>Fruity, Fresh, Crisp, Airy </li></ul><ul><li>No alcohol taste </li></ul><ul><li>Hint of berries </li></ul><ul><li>No alcohol bouquet </li></ul><ul><li>More acidic than other – gentle acidity </li></ul><ul><li>Note small sentiment </li></ul><ul><li>More flavor, More sophisticated, more complex </li></ul><ul><li>$19 – good value </li></ul>
  11. 11. Key Italian Wine Varietals – Bianco (White) <ul><li>Cortese </li></ul><ul><li>- Gavi </li></ul><ul><li>- Piemonte </li></ul><ul><li>Pinot Grigio </li></ul><ul><li>- Crispness and cleanness </li></ul><ul><li>- Hugely mass-produced wine </li></ul><ul><li>- Delicate and mild </li></ul><ul><li>- Region: Trentino-Alto Adige (Alps) </li></ul><ul><li>Moscato </li></ul><ul><li>- Piedmont </li></ul><ul><li>- Frizzante </li></ul><ul><li>Trebbiano </li></ul><ul><li>- Most widely planted white varietal </li></ul><ul><li>- Abruzzo </li></ul><ul><li>Tocai Friulano </li></ul><ul><li>- Sauvignon Blanc </li></ul><ul><li>Pigato </li></ul><ul><li>- Liguria </li></ul>
  12. 12. Key Italian Wine Varietals – Rosso (Red) <ul><li>Sangiovese </li></ul><ul><li>- Chianti Classico </li></ul><ul><li>- Brunello di Montalcino </li></ul><ul><li>- Rosso di Montepuciano </li></ul><ul><li>Nebbiolo (meaning “little frog”) </li></ul><ul><li>- Piedmont </li></ul><ul><li>- Barolo </li></ul><ul><li>- Barbaresco </li></ul><ul><li>Montepulciano </li></ul><ul><li>- Abruzzo </li></ul><ul><li>Barbera </li></ul><ul><li>- Asti </li></ul><ul><li>- Alba </li></ul><ul><li>Corvina </li></ul><ul><li>- Veneto </li></ul><ul><li>- Valpolicella </li></ul><ul><li>Nero d’Avola </li></ul><ul><li>- Sicily </li></ul><ul><li>Dolcetto (“little sweet one”) </li></ul><ul><li>- Piedmont </li></ul><ul><li>Negroamaro </li></ul><ul><li>- Puglia </li></ul>
  13. 13. Chianti Classico – Isole e Olena <ul><li>DOCG </li></ul><ul><li>Year: 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol: 13.5% - high </li></ul><ul><li>Varietal: Sangiovese </li></ul><ul><li>Region: Tuscany (Toscana) </li></ul><ul><li>Color: Light Red </li></ul><ul><li>Full bouquet </li></ul><ul><li>Sweet bouquet, cherries </li></ul><ul><li>Full pallet, Upfront </li></ul><ul><li>Not over bearing, Not acidic </li></ul><ul><li>Long legs </li></ul><ul><li>Goes down smoothly, Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>No aftertaste </li></ul><ul><li>$25 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Chianti Classico – Villa Cafaggio <ul><li>DOCG </li></ul><ul><li>Year: 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol: 13% </li></ul><ul><li>Varietal: Sangiovese </li></ul><ul><li>Region: Tuscany (Toscana) </li></ul><ul><li>Color: Bright cherry red </li></ul><ul><li>Deep alcohol scent </li></ul><ul><li>Wonderful taste, Lovely wine, Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>Smooth, no alcohol taste </li></ul><ul><li>No burning sensation, Not heavy </li></ul><ul><li>Hint of acidity </li></ul><ul><li>Not as full or as complex as other Chianti </li></ul><ul><li>A little thin, aftertaste not as pleasant </li></ul><ul><li>$ 25 </li></ul>
  15. 15. Italian Wine Vocabulary <ul><li>Bianco - white. </li></ul><ul><li>Rosso - red. </li></ul><ul><li>Rosato - rose </li></ul><ul><li>Secco - dry. </li></ul><ul><li>Dolce - fully sweet (technically, with between 5 and 10% of residual sugar). </li></ul><ul><li>Bicchiere - glass. </li></ul><ul><li>Bottiglia - bottle. </li></ul><ul><li>Economico - cheap. </li></ul><ul><li>Troppo caro - very expensive. </li></ul><ul><li>Frizzante - slightly fizzy, but with much less pressure than sparkling wine. </li></ul><ul><li>Spumante - sparkling. </li></ul><ul><li>Riserva - DOC wine. </li></ul><ul><li>Vino da tavola - the regulation term for non-DOC wines </li></ul><ul><li>Uva - grape. </li></ul><ul><li>Enoteca - wine store. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Barbaresco Martinenga – Marchesi di Gresy <ul><li>DOCG </li></ul><ul><li>Year: 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol: 13.5% high (note: same as Chianti) </li></ul><ul><li>Varietal: Nebbiolo </li></ul><ul><li>Region: Piedmont (Piemonte) </li></ul><ul><li>Color: Brilliant garnet red </li></ul><ul><li>Note sediment – need to decant </li></ul><ul><li>Intense bouquet – slight alcoholic scent </li></ul><ul><li>Grabs you, punches you in the face </li></ul><ul><li>Acidic, tanic - but very drinkable </li></ul><ul><li>Full body, good complexity </li></ul><ul><li>Need to drink while eating – not for tasting without food </li></ul><ul><li>Great with steak </li></ul><ul><li>Long, persistent aftertaste – 15 to 30 minutes after </li></ul><ul><li>Strongest of Italian reds </li></ul><ul><li>$75 – among the more expensive of the Italian reds </li></ul>
  17. 17. Barolo – Gaja Sperrs <ul><li>DOCG </li></ul><ul><li>Year: 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol: 13.5% </li></ul><ul><li>Varietal: Nebbiolo </li></ul><ul><li>Region: Piedmont (Piemonte) </li></ul><ul><li>Color: Black-colored </li></ul><ul><li>Long, long legs </li></ul><ul><li>Bouquet is sweet and perfumed </li></ul><ul><li>Note sediment – need to decant </li></ul><ul><li>No scent of alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful and very strong – for winter night </li></ul><ul><li>Harmonious finish </li></ul><ul><li>Must drink with eating food, not a stand alone drink like Chianti or Gavi </li></ul><ul><li>Gaja – one of the best Italian vineyards </li></ul><ul><li>Collectible wine </li></ul><ul><li>$150 bottle </li></ul>
  18. 18. Wine Statistics <ul><li>Major Importers of Italian Wine </li></ul><ul><li>Germany: 32% </li></ul><ul><li>France: 25% </li></ul><ul><li>Great Britain: 9% </li></ul><ul><li>United States: 7% </li></ul>9 5 2 25 US 35 <1 7 35 Spain 48 1 13 50 Italy 56 5 14 55 France Per Capita Consumption (L/capita) Imports (m hectoliters) Exports (m hectoliters) Total (m hectoliters) Major Wine Producers, Imports & Exports
  19. 19. Pinot Grigio - Terlano <ul><li>DOCG </li></ul><ul><li>Year: 2007- good year for all Italian whites </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol: 13% </li></ul><ul><li>Varietal: Pinot Grigio </li></ul><ul><li>Region: Trentino-alto Adige (Alps) </li></ul><ul><li>Color: Light straw </li></ul><ul><li>No legs </li></ul><ul><li>Full bodied - typical of Pinot Grigio </li></ul><ul><li>No simple, more complex </li></ul><ul><li>Slightly acidic </li></ul><ul><li>Hits front of pallet </li></ul><ul><li>$ 30 - More expensive than other Pinot Grigio </li></ul>
  20. 20. Pinot Grigio – Alois Lageder <ul><li>IGT </li></ul><ul><li>Year: 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol: 12.5% </li></ul><ul><li>Varietal: Pinot Grigio </li></ul><ul><li>Region: Trentino-Alto Adige (Alps) </li></ul><ul><li>Color: Brilliant straw yellow </li></ul><ul><li>Dolomiti </li></ul><ul><li>Less acidic </li></ul><ul><li>Full body for a white </li></ul><ul><li>Hits front of pallet </li></ul><ul><li>Fruity, Light, Crisp </li></ul><ul><li>$24 – good value </li></ul>
  21. 21. Moscato d’Asti – Cristina Ascheri <ul><li>DOCG </li></ul><ul><li>Year: 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol: 7% </li></ul><ul><li>Varietal: Moscato </li></ul><ul><li>Region: Piedmont (Piemonte) </li></ul><ul><li>Color: Golden yellow </li></ul><ul><li>Like apple juice </li></ul><ul><li>Sweet like elderflower and apricots </li></ul><ul><li>Aromatic bouquet, fresh </li></ul><ul><li>Good with dolce (sweets) </li></ul><ul><li>The younger the better, like Prosecco </li></ul><ul><li>$22 </li></ul>
  22. 22. Moscato d’Asti - Alasia <ul><li>DOCG </li></ul><ul><li>Year: 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol: 5% </li></ul><ul><li>Varietal: Moscato </li></ul><ul><li>Region: Piedmont (Piemonte) </li></ul><ul><li>Color: Light gold </li></ul><ul><li>Softer bouquet, like honey </li></ul><ul><li>Intensely sweet </li></ul><ul><li>Good with ice cream, pastries </li></ul><ul><li>$16 - better value </li></ul>
  23. 23. Notes

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