Vino al Vino 2014: The Producers
This weekend I had the opportunity to attend Vino al Vino in Pazano in the Chianti region of Italy. The beauty of attending such an event is that I am able to speak directly with the producers of the wine. I welcome every opportunity that I get to go to the farm and learn about how food is produced. The opportunity to ask questions such as the age of the vine, the soil conditions that season or if they will be doing a late harvest is truly wonderful. Being able to see and understand how the wine is produced provides for a greater understanding and appreciation for wine. The same can be said for food as well.
This year came with a surprise. I tasted for the first time a biological wine that I truly liked. For those of you who may not be familiar with biological/organic wines they are produced without any chemicals. That means nothing is added to the grapes during growing process and fermentation process other than sulfites a natural byproduct of wine making. In addition, I had a chance to taste Grappa made with the Sangiovese grapes. In attendance were few young produce whom just starting planting their crops in 2000, which means their first harvest was 2004. Their style of making wine is more New World rather than Old World. Many of the wines produced where varietals that used two or more grapes. There was one producer who used as many as six grapes.
I highly encourage all you fellow Gastronomers to visit your local winery and farms to learn about the wine you enjoy and the foods you eat. Explore the farm to the table process.
Bon Vivant fellow Gastronomers!