On October 3, 2012 IEEM-USA presented Piemonte Land of Perfection, an educational seminar about the wonderful wines of this recognized Italian wine region. Geralyn Brostrom, CWE and respected Italian wines educator conducted a lively seminar, it was a great opportunity to learn about the diverse style of wines that Piedmont has to offer. The event took place at The Andaz Hotel in Downtown Napa, CA with the help of Balzac Communications.
This comprehensive seminar covered the geography, history, winemaking and aging techniques, wine styles and grape varieties of Piemonte. Piedmont means "foot of the mountains", it is the second largest wine region in Italy. Piemonte is located in the northwest corner of Italy, between the Alps and the Mediterranean sea; on the east it has the plains of Lombardy and borders France and Switzerland on the west and north.
Vines are been grown in the Piedmont region since the tenth century B.C. Today there are about 115,000 acres under vine in Piemonte, one of the most bountiful sources of high quality wines in Italy; proven by its 16 DOCG's and 41 DOC's appellation designations. The native grape varieties of this region includes the noble grape Nebbiolo (Barolo, Barbaresco, Roero, Gattinara and Ghemme wines), Barbera, Dolcetto, Ruchè, Freisa, Grignolino, Cortese (Gavi wines), Brachetto, Moscato, Bonarda and Vespolina.
At the Piemonte Land of Perfection wine tasting seminar we sample wines from the Asti DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG, Barbera d'Asti DOCG, Barolo DOCG, Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG, Dogliani DOCG, Gavi DOCG and Moscato d'Asti DOCG.
The tasting also included some bites to eat, great to be able to experience these beautiful wines paired with various food flavors. Very successful event, great educational experience and a unique opportunity to taste some wines that expressed the soil and millenary winemaking traditions of their lands.
- Riva Del Parroco, Gavi 2011(Bergaglio Pier Carlo Winery): (100% Cortese grape) This refreshing white wine has beautiful white flower aromas along with citrus, hazelnut and grassy notes. On the palate this wine express bright acidity balanced with citrus flavors and hints of lemon grass finishing up very crisp and dry. Pair this wine with white fried fish, pasta with a creamy or pesto sauce, seafood stew and herb-crusted chicken. The average retail price for this wine is $22.
- Cantina Clavesana Dolcetto di Dogliani 2011: (100% Dolcetto grape) Lively aromas of wild berries, ripe plum and brown spices with hints of violets and nuts. On the palate this wine feels bright with red cherry, Logan berry and cranberry fruit flavors along herbal and mineral notes. Beautiful balance between fruit, acid and tannins. Great wine to share with family and friends on dinner time, but be prepare and have at least two bottles on hand. This is your perfect wine for pasta, either with pesto or tomato-based sauces. Also enjoy this wine with roasted chicken, risotto, grilled salmon, hamburgers and pizza. Average retail price on this wine is $10.
- Renato Ratti Marcenasco 2008 Barolo: (100% Nebbiolo) This inky full-bodied Nebbiolo wine has an enticing bouquet of ripe plum, licorice, brown spices, dark currants and tobacco with lightly burned caramel notes. On the palate enjoy flavors of ripe dark plum and berries, licorice, cinnamon, cloves; finishing big with smoky notes. Enjoy this exuberant wine with braised beef, game dishes, lamb shanks, sirloin steak with a rich wine reduction sauce, venison with a side of chestnuts, roasted rabbit sprinkled with white truffles and aged cheeses like Parmesan, Pecorino or Piave; also great with blue cheese. Average retail price on this wine is $50.