Last week, I was invited to the media launch of the new wine course that has been organised by the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Perth. Within the 8 classes, the course promises to showcase six prestigious wines each night and provide a general overview of all 14 wine regions in Italy.
The course has been structured by Ann Marie Tamburri of La Vigna in Menora. The co-host of the evening, her father Michael Tamburri, mentioned that they had just returned from an extended trip in Italy sampling some of the wines they’ll be showcasing in the course.
The wine course will be structured over 8 classes and will include the following:
- Thursday 4th July – Italian Wine Fundamentals (covering the history, geography, demarcation systems, viticulture and varieties of Italian wine)
- Thursday 25th July – Sicilia and Sardinia
- Tuesday 6th August – Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino Alto Adige
- Thursday 22nd August – Veneto
- Tuesday 3rd September – Campania, Puglia and Basilicata
- Tuesday 17th September – Toscana and Umbria
- Tuesday 15th October – Emilia Romagna, Abruzzo and Marche
- Tuesday 22nd October – Piemonte
At the media launch, we were taken through a tasting of three Italian wines. The first was the rare Cascina Chicco Cuvee Zero. This sparkling wine is made ‘Metodo Classico’ (Italian for méthode traditionelle) from the Nebbiolo grape.
Our second wine was the 2011 Michele Chiarlo Gavi Rovereto, which was a rich and intense white wine. When we were tasting this wine, Michael and Ann Marie mentioned that they thought it tasted quite differently when it was accompanied with food. After I ate a few pieces of bread and cheese, I retried this wine and had to agree. The wine became more subtle and slight citrus flavours were noted.
The third wine was the 2010 I Giusti e Zanza Nemorino. A rich, full bodied, Tuscan red that was a blend of Shiraz, Sangiovese and Merlot.
These upcoming classes will also include Italian food throughout the evening. At the media launch, we were treated to an amazing cheese and antipasto platter. The highlight for me on this platter was the truffle cheese.
There was also a wheel of parmesan cheese in the corner and various other nibbles such as green olives on the tables.
There were also a few dishes arriving from the kitchen. My favourite were the lamb skewers, which were cooked without too much seasoning but had lots of flavour. They were my foodie highlight of the evening!
The deep fried ravioli with basil pesto was another great dish and were extremely moreish.
And of course, there were also a few arancini balls circling the launch. Arancini balls are now one of my favourite street foods since my trip to Italy last month.
The wine and food choices during the evening were excellent – I am sure these wine classes will also provide the same. Ann Marie and Michael have an astounding amount of knowledge of Italian wines which is perfect if you are interesting in learning more.
Many thanks to ICCI, Maurizio Restaurant, Single Vineyard Sellers and La Vigna for inviting PFJ to the media launch.