Evening Tasting: Spain & 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 España
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 and revealing why it tastes so super smooth. Ever wondered what the difference is between a Rioja Crianza and a Rioja 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 where we will examine the appeal of the region's native white grape varieties.
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'll explore the rolling hills of Tuscany and tempt your tastebuds with the bitter-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 more in a New World style.
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: 9
Course Date/Time: Wed 27th Feb 2019 at 7.00pm
Duration: 2 Hours
Venue: OPEN, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich