I was fortunate this week to be invited to a Master Class on Wines of Veneto sponsored by the Consortium of Winemakers in Veneto (UViVe) held at the fabulous Del Posto Restaurant in Manhattan. This was a first-class educational event with well over 100 people, each of whom had a place setting of 14 glasses for the 14 different Veneto wines we would be tasting.
The panel, moderated by Gloria Maroti Frazee, Director of the Wine Spectator School, was composed of Arturo Stucchetti, Director of the Soave Consortium and owner of the Cantina del Castello, Carlo Feronese, Director of the Lugana Consortium, Franco Cristoforetti, President of the Bardolino Consortium and winemaker at Villabella, and Nazarene Vicenzi, representing the Valpolicella Consortium.
The purpose of this extraordinary event was to demonstrate the diversity and range of styles of wines from this region, which produces over 30% of all Italian wine. Although it was billed as a food and wine class, it was very difficult to pair such a wide range of wines with just 4 courses. But Del Posto did an admirable job and I would love to return to this restaurant in the future.
Our wines ranged from the spumante everyone is familiar with: Prosecco, as well as Soave, Lugana, Bardolino Chiaretto aka rosé, Valpolicella Ripasso and the king of Veneto red wines, Amarone. Although all the wines showed very well, I thought the white wines of Lugana were the highlights, with a crisp acidity and a gorgeous flowery aroma. But the Soave wines presented were not at all like the mundane Soave that consumers might recollect. These had distinct flavor profiles that were in a league of their own. With Amarone aside, white wines are clearly the trump cards of Veneto and among the best white wines of Italy.
I would also like to thank Ana Murgia and Mariana Nedic of I.E.E.M., International Event and Exhibition Management, for the invitation. I’ve attended many of their events and they do a first-rate effort.
- Valdobbiadene DOCG Superiore di Cartizze brut Vigna La Rivetta by Villa Sandi- an expensive wine ($45) because it is the smallest subzone of Prosecco
- Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore Mionetto Millesimato Extra Dry- a new movement to vinify by vintage
- Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore Millesimato Astoria, a beautiful bottle
- Soave Classico DOC Monte de Toni 2014 I Stefanini
- Soave Classico DOC Pressoni 2013 Cantina del Castello
- Soave Classico DOC Casette Foscarin 2012 Monte Tondo
- Lugana DOC 2014 Ca’ Lojera, a winery we visited two years ago and had lunch there also
- Lugana DOC Riserva Molceo 2014 Ottella
- Lugana DOC Mandolara 2014 Le Morette
- Bardolino Chiaretto Classico DOC 2014 Delibori
- Bardolino Chiaretto Classico DOC Vigne Alte 2013 Zeni
- Bardolino Classico DOC Vigna Morlongo 2013 Villabella
- Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore Rocca Sveva 2011 Cantina di Soave
- Amarene della Valpolicella Classico DOC 2008 Villabella
Our menu at Del Posto:
- choice of
- Insalata Autunnale with Slow Roasted Tubers, Mustard Greens & Foglie di Noce or
- Lobster alla Caesar with Grilled Romaine & Breadcrumbs Oreganata
- Pumpkin Cappellacci Brutti ma Buoni & Toasted Sage
- Gigli Verdi al Ragu Bolognese
- Slow Baked Chicken alla Scarpariello, Charred Broccoli Rapini & Giardiniera
- NY Strip Steak with Charred Onion Salad & Eggplant alla Pizzaiola
- Pine Nut Rosemary Cake with Olive Oil Gelato & Rosemary Cream
- Fig Jam Crostata with Fiore di Latte Gelato