The Istituto Regionale della Vite e del Vino (IRVV) organized a master class titled “Sicily – Soil, Terroir and Wines” at the Hyatt Regency Pune on January 14, 2012 reports Brinda Gill who was at the tasting. Pictured left: Michèle Shah, wine consultant and Sommelier India’s correspondent for Italy
Subhash Arora, President, Indian Wine Academy, and Michèle Shah, wine consultant and expert on Sicilian wines, introduced guests to Sicily with Dario Cartabellotta, Director of IRVV presented. Michèle in her presentation described the vast offering of Sicilian wines. While 64% of land under cultivation is taken up by white grapes, and 36% is under red grapes, Sicily has much to offer the wine lover as 85% of grapes grown are indigenous giving the island a distinct wine heritage. The variety of soils – clay limestone, marine limestone and volcanic – along with the amazing grape varieties – regional, local, ancient and international – along with viticutural practices and different types of trellising produce a superb variety of wines with subtle nuances.
Wines from wineries located in different regions of Sicily were served at the master class along with an informal interaction about them. The wines sampled were:Milazzo Spumante Metodo Classico G. Milazzo, Coste al Vento Grillo Sicilia IGT 2010 Cantine Barbera, Fondo Filara Etna Bianco DOC 2010 Cantine Nicosia, Rosato di Nero d’Avola Sicilia IGP 2010 Castel Venus, Frappato Sicilia IGT 2010 Feudo di Santa Tresa (Biologico), Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classico 2008 Valle dell’Acate, Cartagho Nero d’Avola IGT 2008 Mandrarossa (Settesoli), Don Antonio Nero d’Avola IGT Sicilia 2008 Morgante, Rosso del Conte Contea di Sclafani DOC 2006 Tasca d’Almerita, and Moscato della Torre Bianco Moscato di Noto DOC 2010 Marabino.
After the informative wine tasting, guests moved to La Terraza, the Italian restaurant, for a lovely pre-plated five course dinner specially prepared by Chef Luca and his team to pair with the wines tasted earlier. An enjoyable evening – over super food, wine and conversation – followed. It was wrapped up with Passito di Pantelleria DOC 2007 Abraxas – a different dessert wine to the one served at the wine tasting class – adding to the wonderful variety of wines enjoyed.
Subhash remarked early in the evening that at the end of the tasting most guests would want to go to Sicily! Given Sicily’s natural beauty, monuments and culinary heritage, plus the variety of wines and wine styles paired with delicious and artfully presented Italian food, it certainly is an attractive idea.