Taste My Tweet – Italian Style

February 23rd, 2013 by Jeff

Wines Featured in the Show:

  • 2010 Cantine Prá Soave Classico
  • Centonze Cerasuolo di Vittoria
  • 2007 Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne
  • 2008 Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella

Taste My Tweet:  Italian Style

This was actually the 4th Taste My Tweet event, but the first ever caught on video.   What is TMT?  It’s a collection of Twin Cities wine people who believe the synchronized drinking and tweeting makes for enhanced enjoyment for the recipients of said tweets.  We have yet to validate that theory.  Regardless, it’s one helluva good time when we tweet our tasting.

This month’s theme was Italian wines, and we held court at Bovee’s “terror bunker”.  Normally the food is bread and cheese based, however we are fortunate to have our favorite foodie, Miss Amanda Paa, on board.  She has a lovely website you should visit at Healthy Life, Happy Chef, where she shares insanely tasty but health culinary delights.   We started with a Venetonian wonder she brought, the Prá Soave Classico. It has some weight but well balanced with fresh acidity and a mild nuttiness. It was a perfect foil with the roasted squash and goat cheese number she graced us with. A great start.

Next up was Allison (The Savvy Lush) and her choice of the Centonze Cerasuolo from down Sicily way. With its bright cherry and cranberry notes and fairly dry finish, I seem to recall it going nicely with some of the harder, aged cheeses we had in play. I’ve loved this wine for months and was happy to see its inclusion to the TMT repertoire.

Mr. Bovee was kind enough to share an Italian classic from his cellar. The Vietti Barbera d’Asti was showing very well this night.  Medium bodied, smooth and fairly zippy, but walks around with a quiet confidence that says she can ball with the best of them. This is the one I would really like to go back and re-taste. Very user-friendly.

As I mention in the video, I gotta believe that 2008 was a great year for Amarone. I’ve tasted a few in the last several months and they have all been knock-outs. However, none have blown my mind like the Brigaldara Amarone Classico. It’s rich, bright, fruity and smooth.  This is not for the young but for the young at heart. Drink it, think about it and put it aside for 20 minutes. Take the next sip after you have figured out your life. It is intense perfection.

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