In terms of the Italian tasting that I went to on Friday. I said I would report back here.
Alma Gran Cuvée Brut NV, Bellavista, Lombardia - I didnt think much to this we all guessed around £15 as the price but it was £45! Definitely not worth the money
2016 Verdicchio Classico Superiore, Villa Bucci, Marche - I just didn’t like this, personal tastes maybe but it was tart and didn’t offer much. One of my friends didn’t mind it but the other 3 didn’t like. I didn’t get any of the tasting notes it said on the bottle.
2016 Soave ‘Calvarino’ Pieropan - Lovely, clean wine. Enjoyed by all.
2016 Aglianico del Vulture
Pipoli , Vigneti del Vulture, Basilicata - This was phenomenal value at £12, not the most “complex” wine but very well balanced and tasty. I ordered 6 bottles which were under £10 each on the night.
2013 Barolo, Massolino, Piemonte - Nice plummy fleshy wine that went very well with the carpaccio it was served with.
Cepparello , Isole e Olena, Tuscany - 2 of the group had this as their favourite. Very nice but didn’t quite reach the heights I was hoping for it.
Mille e Una Notte , Donnafugata, Sicily - My wine of the night, absolutely lovely. But it is £67 a bottle so you would hope so.
2014 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Allegrini, Veneto - Didn’t hold up against some of the others especially at the price point. Still very nice but everyones least favourite red.
So moral of the story, stock up on the Aglianico. As an aside all wines were presented by David Gleave MW (of liberty wines) and he was a fantastic host with an unending supply of knowledge down to the finest details.
I would also go on about the wines we drank at my house on Saturday for the 6 nations but seeing as I counted 21 empty bottles in the morning (as well as a fair few beer bottles and a bottle of Dalmore) I would be here all day. That said the Conti Costanti Brunello 2012 was lovely as was the 2009 Alion.