On a beautiful day at Meadow Springs Country Club, a sold-out crowd of 48 enjoyed a wonderful Italian-style lunch, paired with some outstanding lesser-known Italian wines. For a recap …
We started the afternoon with a sparkling wine, Berlucchi NV ’61 Franciacorta Brut DOCG and ended with another sparkling wine, Villa Crespia “Brolese” Franciacorta NV Extra Brut Rosé, which was paired with dessert, Torta Cremosa di Ricotta e Limoncello. Both were fine examples of Italian metodo classico, that is, wines made with second fermentation in the bottle.
Between these sparklers were several courses paired with a flight of 2 wines each. First, 2 dry whites – the 2017 Vietti Arneis Roero DOCG and 2017 Caggiano “Devon” Greco di Tufo DOCG. These were paired with the antipasto, Gamberi Fra Diavolo con Polenta Cremosa, a spicy shrimp with creamy polenta. Wow! these paired well!
Next came 2 reds – the 2015 Gulfi “Nerojbleo” Nero d’Avola and 2013 Vinosìa Luciano Ercolino Santandrea DOCG, a powerful red wine. These were paired with Stufato di Coda di Bue Romano, a rich, Roman-style oxtail soup.
Then, 2 more red wines – the 2011 Còlpertrone Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG and 2015 Guiseppe Campagnola Amarone della Valpolicella Classica DOCG. These were paired with Salsa di Carne Domenica con Tagliatelle, a wide-ribbon pasta with a meat ragù.
I found all the pairings to be outstanding and that they helped showcase the wines. Additionally, a colorful brochure at everyone’s place included: technical information on the wines; their ratings and retail price; where they were purchased; and, a map of Italy showing the wine regions and some useful Italian wine terms. As we tasted through the wines, Dolly Ammann, who lived and worked in Italy for 6 years, gave us some additional information on the wines and wine regions.
So, what was the consensus of the attendees? A good time with a variety of great wines and food. They enjoyed the venue, including sitting at tables and being served wine and food. Favorite wines varied but some stood out. For whites – the 2017 Arneis Roero and sparkling Berlucchi NV 61 Franciacorta. For reds – the 2015 Guiseppe Campagnola Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG and Gulfi “Nerojbelo” Nero d’ Avola. Regarding the pairings, a few people thought the last sparkler did not pair well with the dessert, that is, it could have been a little sweeter but by itself was very good. In closing it was a fun afternoon with some great wines, tasty food and good fellowship. Looking forward to more great events like this one.