jamie goode's wine blog: Frescobaldi, Albarino and a glance backwards

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Frescobaldi, Albarino and a glance backwards

Spent the morning catching up with paperwork, doing some much-needed invoicing, before dodging the showers heading into town. I then headed for a 'Green Spain' tasting, featuring the wines of Northwest Spain - lots of Albarinos, and they were really impressive. The tasting itself was just perfect in a practical sense, too, with self-pour, plenty of space, lots of spitoons, an ideal room and not too many tasters.

Then I was off to the Italian Embassy to interview Leonardo Frescobaldi, of the Tuscan wine dynasty (pictured). Things were running a bit late, and so my interview was a little hurried, but it was still worthwhile. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay for the tutored vertical tasting of Luce. That's life.

One of the things I'd like to focus on over the next 12-18 months is deepening my knowledge of Italian wine. Italy makes so many different wines, but in the UK we're so France-centric that they don't get their due. Of course, Italy is frighteningly inconsistent, but which old world wine-producing countries aren't? And, in general, Italy - like Spain - is badly covered by the media.

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At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Doug said...

You're right, Jamie - Italy is very badly served by the UK press. It is very complex - not just regions but micro-regions and many wine-making philosophies. Unlike France a lot of the best wine is not shipped over here; stylistically the wines are also difficult to sell. Having said that there is no country that makes wines of such astonishing interest and diversity, although in my 'umble France would edge Italy for consistent quality.

At 11:22 PM, Blogger Douglas Blyde said...

You missed a sweet tasting. I thoroughly enjoyed what M. F. had to offer.



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