Posted on | June 22, 2012
Written by | W.R. Tish
Piemonte Grand Tasting on July 18th Held at 360
Think of it as the Italian wine equivalent of a “dream team.” Star players from different locales, brought together on the same side. In this case, the players are the diverse wines of Piemonte; and they are coming together—officially for the first time—in New York City, at 360 in Tribeca, on Wednesday, July 18th. It’s an all-star lineup of terroir, talent and, above all, good taste.
The irony of any regional wine system is that specific sub-regions tend to develop singular identities based on their own wines—often at the expense of the overarching region’s recognition. In the case of Piemonte (which has cleverly adopted the slogan “Land of Perfection”), you have a set of vinos that can easily cover the bases of any meal from start to finish.
Looking for a delicate white? Try Arneis. Fuller body and complexity? Go with Gavi. For simple fare—pizza, maybe—Barbera and Dolcetto await. For a fuller fare, whether it’s steak or osso buco, Barolo and Barbaresco are up to the task. And for dessert, both Moscato and Brachetto are just what the pastry chef ordered.
It is easy to forget that all of these wines come from one swath of land. By assembling for this event, the region aims to create a whole even greater than the parts, drawing attention to Piemonte’s unique and exceptional terroir, climate, landscape and wines.
What’s in store promises a mix of the classic with the region’s lesser- known wines. Many great wines from the region will be presented, including both imported and non-imported, which are looking for U.S. distribution, with representatives on hand to pour and explain their hundreds of wines.
So will Christy Canterbury, MW, a noted journalist, speaker and judge. Her take is that the region is ripe for re-discovery: “This is a great opportunity to get out the word for wines from varieties outside the Piemonte ‘Big Five’ as I call them—Nebbiolo, Barbera, Moscato, Brachetto and Dolcetto—as well as for lesser-known appellations that use the Big Five.”
Land of Opportunity
Andrea Ferrero, chairman of “Piemonte, Land of Perfection,” considers this event the start of a new stage in the region’s history: “New York is the soul of the United States,” he says. “This city welcomed many generations of people from Piemonte, who brought the gastronomical and enological culture of their land. I think about the great success here, with so many restaurants that offer our products. For Piemonte producers, New York is the core market for restarting the challenge to promote their wines.”