Thank you very much to everyone who attended our Roam around the Rhône virtual tasting event last night! It was very busy, with some amazing bottles on show - thank you all for your participation!
It’s now time to get our next virtual tasting in the diary:
New #TWSTaste virtual wine tasting: Northern Italy, Thursday 30th April, 8-9pm
Like our previous few tastings, we’re asking you to raid your wine rack to see what you’ve already got at home, and join together to taste along live next Thursday.
It doesn’t matter where in Northern Italy the wine is from, or the grape variety - anything that you want to open is welcome, as are you!
If you haven’t got any Northern Italian wine and want to open something else and taste along, that’s fine too. Bring along a bottle and join in anyway - you might find some inspiration for different wines to put on your ‘must try’ list!
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!
A NOTE FROM SARAH
“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
Here’s how to take part:
- Have a look to see if you have any wines from Northern Italy at home. If you don’t, you can currently buy full cases of an individual wine from our website for delivery, or your nearest indie wine merchant may be able to deliver if our delivery dates before next Thursday are full.
- Reply to this topic saying what Northern Italian wine you’ve got - and if you’ve got more than one option, feel free to share notes with your fellow members here and get advice about which bottle to open (feel free to open more than one if you like…). You could also ask about decanting or get some serving suggestions/food matches lined up.
- Log in to the Community just before 8pm on Thursday 30th April - there’ll be a topic called ‘LIVE #TWSTaste: Northern Italy’ where we’ll host the live event. We’ll all say which bottles we’re opening/share photos of the bottles, and then we’ll taste along together and compare notes, just like we do for a normal #TWSTaste event.
Don’t worry - we always start the event properly a few minutes after 8pm so we can all join in with #clapforourcarers if you’d like to participate.
If you’re new to The Community and need help with how to use the forum for the tasting, have a read of our guide ‘How To’ - Take part in our virtual #TWSTaste events’
Who’s joining us?
- I’ll be there!
- I haven’t got any wines from Northern Italy, but I’ll join in anyway
We hope you can join us! If you can’t make it, we’re currently planning the following week’s tasting and we’ll let you all know the theme soon