Taste of Wine Country - Friday, May 29, 2009
WineCountry.IT, L.L.C. was invited to participate in the Taste of Wine Country event, organized on Friday, May 29, 2009 by Daniel R. Gulbronsen, Grand Echanson Etas-Unis (Great US Cupbearer) of the US chapter of the French organization, SocietÚ Mondiale du Vin (World Society of Wine), and member of the Chaine the Rotisseurs at the Wine Country Hilton on Round Barn Blvd, in Santa Rosa, California.
From its portfolio, WineCountry.IT selected the following five wines, to offer participants the widest bouquet range affordable within a limited number of wines.
- Ansonica Fior Fiore IGT, by Caliscana
- Lambrusco Emilia IGT, by Azienda Agricola Zini Mauro
- Monica di Sardegna DOC, by Romangia SocietÓ Cooperativa
- Dolcetto D'Alba DOC, by Tenimenti Marchisio di Osasca
- Occhini IGT Super Tuscan, by Azienda Agricola la Striscia.
The sparkling red Lambrusco Emilia IGT, with just 11.5% of alcohol, was particularly appreciated, and many guests revisited the WineCountry.IT tasting desk for second and third tastings. This was a little surprising, as WineCountry.IT President, Loris Scagliarini, and sales manager, Massimo Margelli, decided to bring the Lambrusco to promote it in the heart of the California Wine Country, where the wine drinkers' palate is used to bold, fruit forward, warm red wines.
Not surprising was the appreciation shown to the Occhini Super Tuscan 2004, as this wine's great structure, well developed noble tannins, intense perfume and delicate notes of red fruits and wild berries match the taste of the educated California wine lover.
The elegant Monica di Sardegna DOC from Sardinia, with its intense and persistent perfume of minerals and spicy notes, the mellow, pleasantly fresh flavor with elegant, well balanced tannins attracted the attention of many guests and a representative from one of the local wineries present at the show asked to barter one of their wines for a bottle of Monica.
The Ansonica Fior Fiore IGT and Dolcetto D'Alba DOC had their share of fans as well, however they did not generate as much enthusiasm as the other three wines. At the end of the day however, as we all well know, what makes a good wine for any of us is how much a specific wine pleases our palate, taste buds, and fantasy.