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DC--Italian Wine Tasting
Fri, May 19, 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Italy is a country full of amazing wine producing areas. Each region is rich with history and has complex variations of wines produced based on the particular soils, climate, and elevation. Join us as we taste through a different selection of Italian wines each week focusing on the well-known regions and displaying a selection of hand-picked wines from small-growers. Did you know? Sardegna, best known for being the second largest island in the Mediterranean and an autonomous region of Italy, has been under the rule of numerous kingdoms and empires which have created a very diverse and unique culture directly influencing its wine production. Its wine industry is characterized by grapes that are not commonly seen in Italy. Did you know? Tuscany has secured its place in the wine world not only through international recognition but also for its iconic wines Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino! Did you know? Emilia Romagna is one of Italy’s oldest wine regions, dating all the way back to the 7th century BC. Did you know? Its name, ‘Piemonte’, literally means “the foot of the mountains” and is known for having the ideal climate for viniculture. The primary grape varietals in this region are Barbera, Moscato, and Nebbiolo. Did you know? Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is known for being the center of viniculture and Italy’s exciting “new” wine region. Its beautiful climate is perfect for growing grapes which started way back in 600 BC when the Greeks introduced viticulture to the island. Did you know? Similar to Sicily, Calabria was strongly influenced by the Greeks whom were the first to bring wine bearing vines to the region. For a time period Calabria was famous throughout Italy and Europe for its wine. It’s most famous and oldest wine, Ciro, gaining immense prestige in the wine world. However, when competition arose from regions in France such as Bordeaux, Calabria lost its glory in the wine industry. While it may not have gained back its popularity that it once held Calabria‘s Ciro still holds its well-known reputation for being an amazing wine and is a treat to taste!
What to Expect:
This event is aimed to host a select gathering of like-minded wine and food lovers who are eager to share wine, stories, laughter, and friendship. We welcome you whether you are an entry level wine drinker or a well-traveled wine connoisseur. The 6 to 8 wines we will sample are carefully hand selected by our premier wine buying team. Please, consider joining us in the midst of a busy week to unwind and take a break from the routines of your normal day to sample some amazing wines while listening to an incredibly well informed speaker about regions and varietals you may not yet have visited or tasted.