Jul 23 2010

Escape to Piedmont

As far as summer heat goes, July 2010 in Chicago is nothing like 1995—a string of miserable 100+ degree days. However, our current 90-degree days are still scorching, and we often beat the heat by finding whatever air-conditioned bliss is available.

In Northern Italy however, when the temperatures soar, many people head to the towering mountains in the Piedmont region, where the cooler temps are not only ideal for heat relief, but they’re perfect for growing cool-climate grapes like Pinot Grigio and Prosecco.

On Saturday, July 23 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Just Grapes, we’re escaping into the mountains of Piedmont. Not an actual trip, (unfortunately) but we’re showcasing the crisp and varied wines of the Piedmont region from the handpicked portfolio of Paolo Cerruti, a native of that area. We’re lucky enough to have Paolo host the tasting, so you can tap his vast knowledge of all things Piedmont, while trying some of these wines, and more:

Vigna Del Sole Prosecco, Conegliano, Italy [$12.39]
Made from selected grapes grown on vineyards located in the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, this Prosecco has a pronounced yeastiness in the aroma along with pear and melon notes. Medium-full with a supple mouthfeel and lovely acidity in the off-dry finish. While this would make a lovely aperitif, it has enough character to accompany most pastas (cream sauces would be ideal with this) as well as shellfish.

2009 Il Colle, Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy [$13.19]
Founded in 1972 by Fabio Ceschin, Il Colle lies amid the rolling hillsides of San Pietro di Feletto, north of Treviso. Italian wine aficionados will recognize this as Prosecco country, but the estate also produces an impressive range of still wines like this classic Pinot Grigio. Delicate aromas of peaches and spice lead to a softly-textured palate with a crisp finish.

2005 Ghiomo Nebbiolo Langhe, Piedmont, Italy [$20.79]
Intense, brilliant ruby red color with a floral and fruity bouquet, fresh and delicate. In the mouth it reveals an elegant, tasty, rich, tannic and persistent taste.

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