The restart of the wine world in the United States is full of energy and expectations, in line with market trends that tell us in clear numbers how important it is for Italian wine to look carefully at these international destinations.
Following the success of the Slow Wine Tour US, Gambero Rosso's international circuit got underway again with the first Tre Bicchieri event in Los Angeles. The space at the Social City Home in LA was sold out and the two masterclasses scheduled to complete the big event were a great success, for two in-depth studies linked to the story of native varieties and the historicity and typicality of international grape varieties that are giving satisfaction in terms of quality to the world of Made in Italy wine.
OLTREPO' STYLE IS ON STAGE
In particular, very exciting and engaging was the tasting event entitled Oltrepò Style, conducted by the editor of Gambero Rosso's Guida Vini d'Italia, Marco Sabellico, together with Giuseppe Carrus, another great expert of the Three Glasses tasters, and with Carlo Veronese, director of the Consorzio Tutela Vini Oltrepò Pavese.
Marco Sabellico, at the end of the Masterclass that brought 10 wines representing 7 Denominations of Oltrepò Pavese to the tasting, commented: "It wasa discovery for the American consumers, because if some companies were known on the market for Pinot Grigio and for the Metodo Classico, tasting the reds, the great riesling and Pinot nero, as well as the wines of tradition, why not the Buttafuoco - hidden pearl - was for them an important experience of a vast territory, beautiful to visit and rich in proposals as the Oltrepò Pavese, a story and an experience that has aroused so much interest and that we hope will have obvious spin-offs on the market".
These are the magnificent 10 in tasting for the "Oltrepò Style" story: Giorgi Wines, OP Metodo Classico DOCG, Giorgi 1870; Ballabio, OP Metodo Classico DOCG, Farfalla Cave Privee 2011; Defilippi, OP Metodo Classico DOCG Rosé, Maria Cristina; Tenuta Travaglino, OP Doc Riesling , Campo della Fojada 2017; Cà di Frara, OP Pinot Grigio Doc 2020; Castello di Luzzano, Bonarda OP Doc, Sommossa 2020; Torti Eleganza del Vino, Pinot Nero OP Doc, Route 66 2018; Conte Vistarino, Pinot Nero OP Doc, Pernice 2017; Fiamberti, Buttafuoco Doc Storico, Solenga 2016; Quaquarini, Sangue di Giuda OP Doc.
CARLO VERONESE: THE AMERICAN MARKET
IS READY TO OPEN UP TO OUR GREAT WINES
The director of Consorzio Tutela Vini OP Carlo Veronese pulls the strings of this long American tour: "We have succeeded in the past few weeks in making our excellent wines known in six different American cities, finding interest far exceeding expectations. The American market is ready to open up both to our great autochthonous wines " of tradition " (Bonarda, Buttafuoco and Sangue di Giuda), and to wines from international grape varieties (Riesling, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Nero), so identifiable and that carry in their dowry the history of Italian wine We have so much to tell, of a territory rich in curiosities and anecdotes that outline culture, history, cuisine, economy and biodiversity."
"This is an important opportunity to attract wine enthusiasts and travellers to the wine world, who visit Italy repeatedly. The American wine world is much closer to us than it seems. Telling them that all this history is not even an hour away from Milan is the key to involving them in a round-trip promotion project".
IN LOS ANGELES 7 DENOMINATIONS OF EXCELLENCE
TO GET TO KNOW THE OLTREPO' PAVESE
After the masterclass, the Oltrepò Pavese corner, which had an important space in the large hall dedicated to the walk around tasting, was taken by storm to explore other expressions of the Denominations of Oltrepò (an area that boasts 7 Doc and one DOCG): at the tasting desk: Cà di Frara, Defilippi, Giorgi Wines, Terre d'Oltrepò, Tenuta Travaglino, Tenuta Mazzolino . Two prestigious wineries were present at the Gambero Rosso selection exhibition with their own tasting counter: Conte Vistarino and Castello di Cigognola.