Evening Tasting; Spain and Italy
Welcome to an evening where we explore the wines of southern Europe. Both Spain and Italy are famous for their food-friendly wine styles from classic regions such as Piedmont & Tuscany in Italy and Rioja in Spain. During this evening tasting we will spend some time paying our respect to these firm favourites and explore their enduring popularity. However we will also look beyond the classics and discover a world of exciting new wines coming from up and coming wine regions that show there's another side to these proud wine making nations.
Part 1 - Viva Espana
Think of Spain, and you probably think of Rioja, where the magnificently smoky Tempranillo is King. We will get to grips with Rioja by deconstructing a mature Rioja Reserva and then contrast this with an altogether more modern interpretation of this classic wine style. Ever wondered what the difference is between a Reserva and Gran Reserva? We'll explain it all. But there's more to Spain than just Rioja so we go on to explore some of Spain's lesser known regions including, among others, Galicia famous for it's aromatic white wines from local grape varieties such as Albarino and Godello.
Part 2 - A taste of Italy
With its proud history of strong regional winemaking traditions and literally thousands of indigenous grape varieties, Italy is both fascinating and confusing; but therein lies its appeal. First we pay homage to the mighty Nebbiolo, the grape behind powerhouse wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco. Then we'll talk about the Veneto, home of Pinot Grigio. We will also explore the rolling hills of Tuscany and tempt your tastebuds with the biter-sweet fruit of Sangiovese in a Chianti Classico as we attempt to untangle some of the label terminology including Riserva, Classico & DOC. We will then explore another side of Italy, the deep south where wines are made much more in the New World style and volcanic rock plays it's part in producing unique, mineral rich wines.
Professional ISO tasting glasses, all course materials including tasting sheets & water are provided
This evening tasting makes a great gift and can be purchased as a Gift Voucher for just £27.50
Places remaining: 11
Course Date/Time: Tue 26th Sep 2017 at 7-9pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Cinema City, Norwich