26 November We're publishing a second Throwback Thursday article today, Thanksgiving Day, since we now know exactly which wines Walter will be sharing at this showcase of Italy's finest fizz a week on Tuesday, 8 December:
Ca dei Zago 2012 Prosecco col Fondo
Vajra 2014 Claret JC Vino Italiano
Castello di Verduno NV S-Ciopét Metodo Classico Spumante
Ferrari 2008 Perlé Brut Trento DOC
SoloUva NV Franciacorta
Arcari & Danesi 2011 Franciacorta Zero Dosaggio
Paltrinieri 2014 Radice Lambrusco di Sorbara
Croci 2013 Gutturnio Spontanemente Frizzante
Le Chiuse 2013 Stellare Metodo Classico Spumante
Ca d' Gal 2014 Moscato d'Asti
4 November As well as the third instalment of our Barolo Night at Caravan King's Cross on Sunday, 6 December, our Italian expert Walter Speller will be hosting another JancisRobinson.com tasting two nights later, a showcase for some of Italy's finest sparkling wines (he recently wrote two articles about Franciacorta). He describes it thus:
Italy's claim to fame for sparkling wines seems to be completely monopolised by Prosecco, while its world-wide success overshadows the fact that the country has a long history of making fine and highly individualistic Spumante. This wine class aims to show Italy's breathtaking bandwidth of ancient as well as new styles.
Expect ancient metodo ancestral Prosecco, bottle-fermented single-vineyard Lambrusco, new-wave zero dosaggio Franciacorta, a replica of what Thomas Jefferson might have drunk in the Langhe at the end of the 18th century, classic method Sangiovese, as well as the first efforts with Barbera, complemented by truly exciting Asti and the traditional Fior d'Arancio. plus anything quirky and wonderful I can get my hands on.
As before, we will be holding this tasting in the basement of The Quality Chop House butcher, and a maximum of 12 tickets are on sale for £79 each.
WHAT? A tutored tasting of eight outstanding Italian sparkling wines with our Italian specialist, Walter Speller
WHEN? Tuesday 8 December, 18.45-20.30
WHERE? The basement of The Quality Chop House Butcher's Shop, 90 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3EA
HOW MUCH? Tickets cost £79, and include either a 10% reduction on your bill or free corkage if a table is booked for dinner either before or after the tasting at The Quality Chop House wine bar or dining room, rated fourth in Marina O'Loughlin's recent 50 Favourite UK Restaurants in The Guardian.
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