This month I'm virtually taking you over to the Veneto region of Italy right from Boston. Over this past month a new wine friend of mine, Jo-Ann Ross of Jross Wine, invited me to a “Sensational Soave” Master class held at Ribelle in Brookline, Massachusetts. The class was taught by Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein and Giovanni Ponchia from the Soave Consortium, Consorzio Tutela Soave, in Italy. The class consisted of a blind tasting of 10 different soave wines followed by an introduction and education on this particular area of the Veneto region of Italy. The event was finished with 3 courses prepared by Ribelle and paired with a variety of soave wines from different producers. Below are the delicious pairings from the event to make your mouth water.
Yellow fin tuna crudo with tomato conserva, green tomato and furikake
2013 Cantina di Monteforte “Terre di Monteforte” Soave DOC
2013 Fattori Soave “Danieli” DOC
Orecchiette with littlenecks, black garlic, bok choy
2013 Fornaro Soave Classico DOC
2013 Suavia Soave Classico DOC
Chicken with buttermilk chawanmushi, endive and poppy seed
2012 Marcato Soave Classico Monte Tenda DOC
2011 Roccolo Grassi Soave La Broia DOC
The soave wines that we tasted were very interesting as there was such a large variety of different styles due to circumstances such as some being aged in oak, different parts of the area where its produced that contains different soils, a couple were from older vintages and lastly a dessert wine, recioto di soave.
Attending this class and wine tasting is right up my alley as I love to explore the world of Italian wines through my blog , especially those that are unique. I appreciate restaurants that can open up customers eyes through their recommendations to unique grapes such as the garganega grape that makes up the soave wine. Many folks run to the common international varieties such as cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, merlot, etc. but there are so many impressive grapes within Italy that we have accessible here in Boston through wine shops and restaurants.