News from the Barolo wine country
"Qui da noi, è già
arrivata l'estate!" writes Mario Fontana. It seems the unseasonally
warm weather that we have recently enjoyed is not just local to
us. In the Barolo wine country, summer has already arrived! In recent
days, the temperatures have soared to 30 degrees C which is very
hot indeed for this time of year. The vines in Mario's vineyards
- Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto - have already burst their buds and
the shoots are growing quickly. This means, says Mario, that the
annual and regular work in the vineyard has thus commenced 'in fretta'
- in a hurry.
The other big project that Mario and
Luisa have commenced upon is the construction of a new house and
wine cantina just opposite where they are living now, in the tiny
hamlet of Perno near Monforte d'Alba. It's an exciting project for
them, and the new wine cantina will give Mario more space for the
continued hand production of his superlative artisan wines. We'll
look forward to seeing this on a future Club Vino visit, Mario!
Club Vino @ The Globe Wine Tasting: "A
journey in a bottle through Italy" Wednesday May 23rd at 7.30pm
- (please note, this date has been changed)
Wine is produced in each of Italy's 20
regions, from more than 1000 different indigenous grape varieties!
This tasting explores some of Italy's regions in a wineglass. I
shall be looking to put together as interesting and as varied a
selection of wines as I can, including wines from Trentino-Alto
Adige, Friuli, Sardinia, Veneto, Piedmont, Le Marche, Tuscany and
from indigenous grape varieties such as Teroldego Rotaliano, Vermentino,
Schioppetino, amongst others. The more people we have for this tasting
(up to maximum of 30), the greater the selection of wines. The tasting
will now be held in the Restaurant of the Globe (not the Malt House
as previously advised) and Liz will be supplying a pasta buffet
after the tasting.
If you would like to join us, can you
please confirm your participation as soon as possible. The tasting
and pasta buffet will cost £15 for Club Vino/Friends of Pebblebed
members and £20 for non-members.
Slow Food Devon Wine and Cheese Evening
in The Topsham Wine Cellar
May 4th, 2007
An evening of wine and cheese with members
of Slow Food Devon. The event will start off at 5pm in Geoff's Pebblebed
Ebford vineyard for a tour, and then move to the Topsham Wine Cellar
at 7pm for a tasting of Pebblebed and Vino wines accompanied by
a selection of farmhouse cheeses from Quickes of Newton St Cyres,
with Mary Quicke on hand to tell us all about her wonderful cheeses
(we're big fans! Have a look at Mary's
Food, the Italian movement that was born when founder Carlo
Petrini was outraged that a McDonalds had opened on the Spanish
Steps of Rome, is now an important global movement that is working
hard to safeguard real foods throughout the world and to promote
a culture of slow eating and living.
This wine and cheese evening will be
in conjunction with the Slow Food Devon convivium which is doing
some great things locally (like the monthly Slow Food Market on
Exeter's quay). I myself have been associated with Slow Food for
many years (I am on the international jury for the Slow Food Premio
for Biodiversity), so I am delighted to have this opportunity to
forge closer ties between Slow Food and Club Vino/Friends of Pebblebed
as I believe we share a similar philisophy in our approaches to
the enjoyment of food and wine, as well as our concerns for the
foods we eat and the world we live in.
For Club Vino members, this evening is
an opportunity to learn more about Slow Food Devon, and the activities
that it will be planning over the coming year. If you are not yet
a member of Slow Food, I urge you to consider joining.
Tickets for this event are £10
payable to Slow Food. If you would like to join us, can you please
let us know as soon as possible to book your place.
New wines on the way!
We have been selectively if slowly expanding
the Vino list, always continuing to work with producers we personally
know, and who produce outstanding wines with real character and
personality. Next week I'll be delighted to introduce the wines
of Conte Pieralvise Serego Alighieri, an old friend and direct descendant
of the poet Dante, who makes superlative wines from the 14th century
family estate in the Valpolicella hills above Verona. We'll also
be offering some wines by Fausto Maculan, one of Italy's leading
producers, including a rare and lusciously delicious dessert wine,
Dindarello, made from Moscato Giallo grapes.
Marc and Kim