Very Veneto

Taste two classic white wines from Northern Italy this Friday at Vino

Italians usually need little excuse to pop open a bottle of something bubbly -- Prosecco makes for a cool and elegant aperitivo.

Today is officially the first day of fall, but at Vino we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. There’s still enough warm sunshine to suggest we have a handful of balmy evenings left – perfect for enjoying a cool glass of a chilled northern white before dinner.

This Friday Vino will be pouring two of its favorite white wines for this time of year, each from the Veneto region in Northern Italy yet highly different in style and taste: Prosecco Brut by Col de’ Salici and Soave Classico from Flavio Pra’s I Campi. These two must-have wines come from two classic Veneto appellations – we can’t live without them, and neither should you!

Col de’ Salici
The Veneto town of Valdobbiadene, and its neighbor Conegliano, are home to Prosecco, one of Italy’s most popular grape varieties and a local source of pride in the area. Valdobbiadene is listed as one of Italy’s “Città del Vino” (“Wine Cities”) and for over forty years has hosted a sparkling wine fair, today known as Forum Spumanti d’Italia. For over a century meanwhile, Conegliano has housed the renowned Scuola di Viticultura e Enologia (School of Viticulture and Enology) which was founded in 1876 and today continues to ensure quality of production is maintained in the region.

Prosecco Brut 2007
Lately Col de’ Salici has taken important decisions regarding its Prosecco. Recognizing that their location in the hilly subzone of Valdobbiadene would produce a superior crop, the company has chosen to focus solely on producing a line of high-quality sparkling proseccos. The firm believes that the Spumante Prosecco is the finest expression of the DOC variety, and having tasted this wine it’s hard to disagree. Prosecco Brut di Valdobbiadene is a dry and structured spumante, typically aromatic and fruity, possessing an unmistakable elegance.

I Campi di Flavio Prà
Fourth-generation producer and brother of winemaker Graziano Prà, young Flavio Prà has already established himself as a renowned figure in Veneto, forging a reputation as one of the region’s best producers of Soave and Valpolicella. A keen student of enology, following graduation Flavio worked for 15 years as a consultant to some of the area’s top wineries who sought to produce wines of the highest quality. This experience, while broadening his knowledge of the winemaking industry also allowed him to hone his craft and conceive of his very own brand. Flavio states that terroir and terrain are essential factors in producing a superior wine, a philosophy which led him on a search for the zone’s most optimum “campi” (literally “fields”), from which the company takes its name.

Soave Classico Campo Vulcano 2007
The Soave Classico denomination specifies Soave hailing from the neighboring towns of Soave and Monteforte d’Alpone, each located roughly 20-25 kilometers east of Verona. These sites are considered the oldest in the Soave DOC, and are often referred to as the “zona storica“. Flavio Prà’s Soave Classico is a blend of Garganega (85%) and Trebbiano di Soave (15%), grapes which are grown on 100% volcanic earth, resulting in the name “Campo Vulcano“. Intense both in its straw yellow color and on the nose and palate, the wine remains fine and fresh, releasing aromas typical of the two primary Soave DOC varieties.

Classic Veneto Whites Tasting
FREE
Friday, September 26
5:30-7:30pm

Vino
121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

For more information call (212) 725-6516 or visit our website, VinoSite.com.

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