Wine from Piemonte and Franciacorta
Join us to taste your way around one of Italy's most elusive and exclusive wine regions, Piemonte in North West Italy and discover the fizz of Franciacorta, Italy's answer to Champagne.
Second only in size to Sicily, Piemonte is famous for the red wine Barolo, but look behind Barolo and there's a region of breathtaking natural beauty and a diverse range of wines that support the region's reputation as home of fine Italian gastronomy.
This corner of Italy is just over the border from France and it's a region of small scale production where most operations are still family affairs. The Langhe region is Itay's answer to the Cote d'Or where vineyards are planted around the villages that nestle in the gently undulating hills. Here the unique 'terroir' is loving coaxed out of the ground and into each and every bottle. This is home of the mightly Nebbiolo grape, the grape behind Italy's most sought-after, powerful and fragrant red wine, Barolo. We'll pay our respects to this truly great grape before we explore some of the less well known wines of the region, for example Barbaresco and Gattinara. Finally we'll reveal the softer side of red wine from Piemonte made with grape varieties such as Barbera and Dolcetto.
There's much more to Piemonte than just red wine. Did you know the region is the home of Asti Spumante? Still an incredibly popular style of Fizz. The region also makes a range of premium quality white wines from locally grown, indigenous grape varieties. You may have heard of a wine called Gavi but have you tried a Roero Arneis?
Finally we'll hop over the border into Lombardy where the relatively new region of Franciacorta has top quality DOCG status in recognition of the fine quality of it's traditional method sparkling wines. This is an evironmentally conscious production zone making wines that are highly regarded by those in the know. Will you be swayed away from Champagne?
A sample of cheese will be served with one of the red wines.
Professional tasting glases are provided as well as water biscuits and table water. A full set of wine notes is available via pdf if requested.
Places remaining: 13
Course Date/Time: Tue 5th May 2020 at 7.00pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: The Last Wine Bar
The Last Brasserie, Bar and Cellar
St Georges Street