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