Wine, oh wine.
Wine? Count me in!
This week, the Grand Marchi, with the support of the Italian Trade Agency, hosted their first ever wine tasting seminar in Jakarta, showcasing 10 brands coming from all over Italy.
The Grandi Marchi is a collaboration of winemaking visionaries made up of 19 prominent Italian wine families with the mission of promoting the country’s best bottles on a global scale.
Each member of the Grand Marchi has been in operation for at least 25 years, and in some cases, centuries. With enduring traditions in winemaking at their own estate vineyards, each of these 19 families are committed to the education, development, and innovation of winemaking.
The event took place at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Jakarta. Moderated by the spirited and amiable Debra Meiburg of debramasterofwine, the seminar proved to be not only educational (note that I diligently took notes), at times teasing, and amusing. We sampled 10 glasses of various brands from various regions (you’ll find the list below).
My knowledge of wine is, to put nicely, finite. But even for a novice like myself, this 2-hour session proved enlightening. Between being able to tell what constitutes an intense aroma and distinguishing a sweet versus acidic, and spicy versus mild flavor, I willingly took every sip with glee, paired with a curiosity compared to that of a newborn giraffe. When it comes to libations, I generally don’t incline towards sweeter tastes. But with wine, I tend to fish for a fruity savor. The spiciness of the Amarone (#9) took me by surprise while the Ben Ryé was a lovely, albeit bold, closing.
Samuele Porsia, Trade Commissioner of the ITA, lets us know the significance of the trade relations between Italy and Indonesia (and of course his undying love for dear Italian wine).
The nerd in me back from the school days reemerges (told you I took notes!)
Here’s a list of the tasting menu:
1. 1868 Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. (Sparkling Wine) from the Veneto region; 100% Glera
2. Cumaro 2010, Conero Riserva D.O.C.G. from the Marches region; 100% Montepulciano
3. Rosso del Conte 2010, Contea di Sclafani D.O.C. from Sicily; 52% Nero d’Avola, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc
4. Turriga 2010, Isola dei Nuraghi I.G.T. from Sardinia; 85% Cannonau, 5% Carignano, 5% Bovale Sardo, 5% Black Malvasia
5. Il Falcone 2008, Castel del Monte D.O.C. Riserva from Apulia; 70% Nero di Troia, 30% other vines
6. Tignanello 2010, Toscana I.G.T. from Chianti Classico/Tuscany; 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
7. La Fuga 2009, Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. from Montalcino; 100% Sangiovese
8. Cerequio 2009, Barolo D.O.C.G. from Piedmont; 100% Nebbiolo
9. Riserva di Costasera 2008, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico D.O.C. Riserva from Valpolicella, Veneto; 70% Corvina, 15% Rondinella, 10% Oseleta, 5% Molinara
10. Ben Ryé 2011, Passito di Pantelleria D.O.P. from Pantelleria, Sicily; 100% Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria)
Each of the representative gave a brief yet unique introduction of his wine, and despite originating from one country, garnished his goods with a particular personality and nuance. Each family signified a long-held legacy, a unique story. And seeing these different families come together to not only share their history, but also of course fill up our wine tank, it was truly quite something. Needless to say, Italian pride rippled through the room, and in every bottle.
The event opened with the seminar and tasting and closed with more tasting. What say you to a wine buffet? Wine is always a good idea. I went home happy, and perhaps a little red.
ISTITUTO DEL VINO ITALIANO DI QUALITÀ – GRANDI MARCHI
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