An Odyssey of Wine 2013
|Paolo of Palari (and Banfi)|
Hong Kong Jockey Club
|Learning about the different soils via Debra's scarves|
She taught us about macro and micro climates, varietals, soils, and trends that have effected Sicily throughout history.
|Lauren and VIP Bill in class|
The soils range from dark and fertile volcanic in the East to limestone and sandy colored in the West.
The hot Scirocco winds from the South West heat the coast, dehydate the land, and create dust.
So what did we drink?
The next 2 Nerello Mascaleses to follow were too astringent for me, so I'm going to skip to my favourite of the tasting; Palari, Faro DOC 2007. This was also a Nerello Mascalese, but spent time in new small oak. Lovely strawberry and cherry flavors that was both structured and elegant. Word.
We ended with Gregorio de Gregorio, Enjambee Rosso 2010. This was quite purple, light, with high tannin which Debra explained was natural grape tannin as the wine spent zero time in oak. Interesting.
Then it was time to head downstairs to try one of the roughly 40 other Sicilian wines. I would approximate I probably tasted 30 of them. Well done.
Palari Santa Ne Sicilia IGT 2007. This is made from a blend of....of....well no one knows as the vines were planted over 70 years ago and are a mix of whatever was planted then! This was rich with subtle hints of toffee.
|Hills on the Palari vineyard|
Spadafora dei Principi di Spadafora had a lovely Grillo (white), which I really liked too. Then there was a short supply of a dessert wine that was quite delicious. Bernati Moscato Passito.
I can't forget to mention the olive oils. Shots of olive oil, no joke, and they were amazing. Shoot the youth down your throat. Olive oil is the key to staying young, and my best friend's mom is a testament to this. 60+ and she doesn't look a day over 30 with zero plastic surgery. You heard it here kids, olive oil!
Have a wonderful sunny weekend! And if you have a chance, pop by the Island East Market this Sunday for a taste of what we're pouring!