As a winelover, sometimes you dream of how a tasting should be. For me it’s not important to have expensive wines, or a chique hotel where the tasting takes place. What I love is blindtasting, wines made with passion, the attendance of the wineproducers and passionate people, not particularly wineprofessionals.
Allthough I consider myself a wineprofessional, I know we can be very annoying, by analyzing the wine, in a way that normal people look at you, as you have lost track. And maybe even more important, in the end, wine is bought by non-wine experts! More and more I start believing wine has to be enjoyed and shared with eachother.
Last Saturday I attended the perfect tasting, which took place in a little “borgo” Portacomaro, near Asti, Piemonte, Italy. Ten producers of grignolino, attended this blindtasting of their bottles or vask samples. Nearly 70 people from all over Italy(bloggers, wineproducers, winelovers and wineprofessionals) and two Dutch people, Samuel Sanders and I, came all the way to Portocomaro, to taste, understand and enjoy the grignolino grape. There were a lot of opinions, discussions and also a lot of sentiments on the wine, the last thing is something typically Italian, which I love.
Grignolino is a tough, local, Piemonte grape. It’s the grape which rules, not its winemaker. In Piemonte there is a saying that if you want to tease a winemaker, you’ll give him a grignolino vine to make wine of.
They say there is no better “terroir”grape than grignolino. The color of the wine seems a bit more orange than red. In general its fruity, raspberries, a bit of strawberry but with a surprisingly spiciness and tannins, a lot of tannins. It needs food, but not too complicated food. It seems pretty drinkable, but it is not an easy wine, I would say. Veronelli wine guide says it’s the whitest wine of the red wines and it is the reddest wine of the white wines. Food for thought, I would say.
This great tasting was perfectly organized by Fabrizio Gallino, on Twitter as @Enofaber, topblogger in Italy www.enofaber.com La Stampa, an Italian newspaper put an article on this event in its newspaper, where they quote the Dutch wine importer, Samuel Sanders (see below)
I felt very lucky that I could attend a tasting like this, could meet all these Twitterfriends, old and new ones, and ofcourse the very brave producers. And I hope no one will ever say that Twitter is only to say that you’ll have to pee. In a way Twitter can make dreams come true..