LIVE FROM 8PM: #TWSTaste Northern Italy, 30th April, just after 8pm-9pm

Good afternoon/evening everyone!

Welcome to tonight’s LIVE virtual Northern Italy tasting.

If you’re planning to participate tonight then thank you - these last few tastings have been our biggest Community tastings ever!

If you’re new to The Community and need help with how to use the forum for the tasting and what the tasting involves, have a read of our guide 'How To - Take part in our virtual #TWSTaste events

We also always start the event properly a few minutes after 8pm so we can all join in with #clapforourcarers if you’d like to participate.


Northern Italian Wine Guide

If you need to brush up on your Northern Italian wine knowledge, have a read of our Ultimate Guide to Italian Wines

We’re also extremely excited to let you know that our Italy buyer @Sarah Knowles MW will be joining us , so feel free to ask her any questions you might have about the wines that you’re opening!


“From Soave to Pinot Grigio, Amarone to Barolo and Prosecco to Recioto, Northern Italy really has a vast selection of wonderful wines in a huge range of styles.

The vineyards form a patchwork stretching east to west across the foot hills of the Alps and Dolomites - surrounding lakes, following rivers or clinging to the coasts. They have also historically benefited from being at the confluence of Italy, with France, Austria, Switzerland, and Slovenia to the North, as well as surrounding the wealthy northern town of Genoa in the West, Turin, Milan, Verona, Venice and Trieste in the East. Each tiny sub region, however, has complete personality and a unique sense of place - a wide spectrum of native grape varieties are planted, leading to the broad range of styles available.

I love travelling in Northern Italy, from my annual pilgrimage to Barolo and Barbaresco, to the stunning hills of Prosecco, with the beautiful castle topped town of Soave, lake side Bardolino and terraced Alto Adige in between - these are regions that can captivate the imagination and definitely quench your thirst!

Whether you grab a bottle of Valpol, Lagrien or Ghemme I hope you join this tasting for all things Northern Italian this Thursday.

As I should have been in Verona last week at VinItaly. I have also been indulging in some Italian wines and home cooking in place of this. If you need any inspiration, take a look at these…."

Drink VinItaly with Sarah Knowles MW Episode 1

Drink VinItaly with Sarah Knowles MW Episode 2

Who’s on hand to help tonight

We have lots of staff attending tonight, so please feel free to use the below usernames and tag any of us if you need a hand (and if you’re new to The Community, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have!)

@laura - Community Manager
@Kelly - Community Co-ordinator
@Ewan and @martin_brown - two of our original Community crew and members of our Brand and Content Team
@hugofount - from our Brand and Content Marketing Team
@MrLaura - from Member Services

Here’s how things will work:

  1. We will post a WIKI (editable list) of who’s tasting what tonight. Have a look and, if you’re not on there, please do add yourself! You can do that by clicking the ‘Edit’ button in the bottom right of the post.
  2. I’ll also post a poll to see who’s here - please let us know, and feel free to say hi and start chatting before we start.
  3. We’re all drinking different bottles, so it’s going to be hard to keep track. Whenever you post tonight, please start your post with the name of the wine you’re drinking!
  4. To begin, we’ll invite you all to pour a glass, have a swirl and take in the aromas, and post your thoughts and first impressions. As there’s so many of us, it would probably be easier if you limit this to one post , so feel free to take your time and have a good swirl and sniff.
  5. We’ll then taste the wines together and ask you to share your own tasting note. Again, as there are so many of us taking part, it’ll be easier if you take your time and write your tasting note up in one post to help us keep track. Feel free to add any additional food matches and/or your thoughts on how well the wine is drinking now, and how much longer it might age. Anything goes, and there are no wrong answers!
  6. After this, we’ll possibly have time to ask for your mark out of 10, or final thoughts.

And after that, if people want to continue chatting about their wines then please do!

Very excited for tonight’s event! Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Am I too late to include this pre-Phylloxera Barbera D’Alba 2017 from Elvio Cogno?


Wow… Never tried pre-phyllox Barbera!

I’ve started already, because it’s a miserable day, it’s wine o’clock and because i always eat long before 8, so would never be starting when everyone starts anyway!

Touch of bricking on Nebbiolo d’Alba “Colla” 2010, Battaglino, but not as much as often with nebbiolo. Lots of perfume, everything but fruit really! Mostly floral (roses a but stereotypical, but hey…), but also a kind of pine resiny thing. It’s aged 12 months in French oak, 30% new.

It’s been open a few hours, but for a ten year old Nebbiolo d’Alba (the producer is in Roero,not sure about the Colla vineyard) it’s still very tight on the palate and is only just starting to open up. It’s clearly quite a serious wine though, and much better value than most Barolo and Barbaresco producers’ Langhe Nebbiolo (it’s £18 from Big Red Wine Company, who are the best value in the UK for nebbiolo, i think) if what you’re after is a mini Barolo rather than a fun wine.

Which comes to what i was saying on other threads… is nebbiolo fun? It’s interesting, and I’m sure it’ll be better when i come to have another glass with dinner in an hour or so, but the pleasure is more an intellectual than a sensual one. And as a sensualist i think I’d prefer a Barbera. Anyway, will report back later.


We have selected Valpolicella this evening’s tasting…

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Vintage Wine Region User
NV Prosecco Frizzante Veneto @Herbster
2004 Barolo Vigneto Arborina Elio Altare Piemonte @ecoutez
2006 Valpolicella La Grola Allegrini Veneto @chris250
2007 Cascina Adelaide, Barolo Pernanno Piemonte @Russ
Gattinara Antoniolo Le Dastelle Piemonte @JulianW
2009 Proprieta Sperino Lessona Piemonte @Aspedini
2010 Azienda Agricola Elvio Cogno Barolo Coscina Nuova Piemonte @danchaq
Barolo Massolino Piemonte @szaki1974
Langhe Nebbilo Ciabot Berton Piemonte @RLamb
Battaglino Nebbiolo d’Alba Colla Piemonte @suiko
Barolo Roggeri Ciabot Berton Piemonte @alex88
Luigi Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani Vigna Tecc Piemonte @dalondra
2011 Barolo Monvigliero Castelloa Di Verduno Piemonte @Tannatastic
Barolo Ginestra Paolo Conterno Piemonte @MagnusPie
2012 Barolo Massara Castello Di Verduno Piemonte @dmhouse
2014 Barolo Bussia Piemonte @Croquetchris
Barolo Fratelli Martini Secondo Luigi Piemonte @Camilla
Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggione Tuscany @jmerrill
2015 Langhe Nebbiolo Ciabot Berton Piemonte @John_Doe
GD Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo Piemonte @tfpywfpy
2016 Burlotto Freisa Piemonte @Bargainbob
Langhe Riesling Poderi Colla Piemonte @NW_passenger
Pra Morandina Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Veneto @VinoVeritas
Soave Classico La Rocca Pieropan Veneto @noble_rotter
2017 Medici Riccardi Chianti Rufina Tuscany @Awd1998
Soave Classico Calvarino Pieropan Veneto @Croquetchris
Petite Arvine Val d’Aosta La Crotta di Vegneron Piemonte @VinoVeritas
Verduno Pelaverga Burlotto Piemonte @Embee
Verduno Basadone Castello Di Verduno Piemonte @JoMac
Pre-Phylloxera Barbera D’Alba Elvio Cogno Piemonte @Andrew1990
G.D. VAJRA Langhe Nebbiolo Piemonte @Leah
Barbera D’Asti Superiore Piemonte @David_Reid
Barbera D’Asti Morrisons Finest Piemonte @EdMcK
2018 Dragon Langhe Bianco GD Vajra Piemonte @Laura @MrLaura
Elena Walch Lagrein Alto Adige @MikeFranklin
Corte Del Drago Chardonnay Friuli-Venezia Giulia @Awd1998
Lugana Ca Dei Frati Veneto @Cheers
Monte Del Fra Valpolicella Classico Veneto @mjamezz13
Garibaldi Barbera Alma Piemonte @Alasdair
Tommasi Pinot Grigo La Rosse Veneto @Mike
Maggio Piemonte Rosso Piemonte @Alchemist
Weissburgunder J. Hofstatter Alto Adige @TeamJeffo
Valpolicella Veneto @ElizabethPitcher
The Society’s Gavi Piemonte @BrianUtd
Bardolino Le Fraghe Piemonte @martin_brown
Piemonte Cortese Araldica Piemonte @Kelly

Welcome to the Piemonte Party! With special guest appearances from Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli, and more!

As per usual, I’ll do a sweep of the thread before we go live so this is fully updated :smiley: Apologies for any spelling / naming errors too!
2014 Morrisons Barolo


Looking forward to joining the Piemonte Party! We’re on

2015 Ciabot Berton Langhe Nebbiolo 3 Utin

Whoops, sorry, beginner at the wheel. Here’s the pic. Only just decanted now, later than intended due to work getting in the way.


Just realised how rubbish my Italian geography is. This one is definitely north… I think! Tesco Finest Barolo 2014, Fratelli Martini Secondo Luigi.


Only Italian Northern Red in the house, left over from a special party. Why not?! Decanting now.


Crikey, not a bad leftover find :rofl:

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Unless I imagined it, didn’t somebody post on this forum that they’d found a case (a case!) of LRA 904 hanging around?

What manner of high-rollers post amongst us? :laughing:


Just opened and decanted for tonight:


Tonight’s options. The Wine Society Gavi 2018 is probably the choice, keep Andreas until the VE party!


Tonight’s wine open and ready.


Bottle of joy at the ready and pasta bubbling away. That colour :heart_eyes: Speak to you all soon!


Went for the 2015 Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo, on the grounds that it’s the lightest at 14% and I’ve got work tomorrow so can’t have a thick head after a glass (which ruled out the barberas). Tried to update the wiki but it doesn’t seem to have stuck.


Very excited for tonight’s tasting!