The perfect tasting…or notes on #grignolino1

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   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..


Grignolino [Gree-nyoh-LEE-noh]

Although I might know a few Italian grapes and some Italian words, the first time I read the word “grignolino” on Twitter, I had no idea what this word meant, and really no idea it could be a grape. I love the name of the grape, and start reading on it. The name grignolino, probably derives  from the the word “grignole” which is Asti dialect for pips, because grignolino has a quite a lot of seeds.

The description of the grape” anarchist, individualist, a bit foolish and stubborn”, sounded to me like it must be a very interesting grape , it sounds almost human.

This, low yield,  late ripening red grape variety, mostly planted in Piemonte, near Asti, is known for its fruity aromas. strong acidity and strong tannins. It’s also planted in California, where they also make a Portwine of it.

When I was in Turin last October, for Slow Food fair, Salone del Gusto, I finally tasted my first Grignolino, one of Cascina Tavijn. Maybe not the perfect circumstances for tasting, end of the day, tired, in a hurry , but the wine really surprised and amazed me.

In the beginning it seemed a rather  light,  red wine, but it turned out to be very spicy, refreshing, due to a pleasant acidity and ended with a surprising tannic structure. The only thing I could think of, was more..more and more..very interesting.

Well after this weekend, I’ll think I’ll know a lot more on grignolino grape variety and the wines.Thanks to Twitter,  I was invited to attend a tasting in Portocomaro (near Asti, Piemonte), #grignolino1, which will take place March 12.

This event is organized by @Enofaber, Fabrizio Gallino, a real grignolino lover and great Italian wine blogger. Ten producers of grignolino, will attend the tasting and let us taste their wines, old vintages and samples from the vask.

Afterwards,  there will be a seven-course Piemonte  lunch, so that we can taste the wines with the food and can have a chat with old and new Twitterfriends.

Ofcourse I’ll keep you posted on this tasting I’m really looking forward to!