Masterclasses: Italy v Oz-Itals, and Riesling

Ask_Huon logo_jpegFebruary 24 — ITALY versus OZ-ITALS

Australian winemakers take on Italy’s finest in my first masterclass for 2016.

We’ll taste a great Chianti against one of Australia’s best sangioveses; a nebbiolo from a top Piedmont winery against a leading Aussie nebbiolo; a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo against a top Aussie ‘monty’; and an Italian barbera, dolcetto and lagrein against some smart Aussie pretenders. Vietti (tastings), Henschke (tastings), Pizzini (tastings), Fontodi (tastings), Umani Ronchi (tastings), Best’s (tastings) and Mr Riggs (tastings) are among the wineries represented.

The 12 wines to be tasted will demonstrate the great progress Australia has made with Italian red varieties.

March 30 — Riesling the pure, Riesling the magnificent.

Pure. Aromatic. Mineral. Crystalline.  Many grand words are used to describe this grape.

Riesling has been described as the world’s most aristocratic white grape, and the most transparent – meaning that its wine transmits the character of the vineyard most faithfully. It’s also varied, and that variation is fun to explore.

We will taste, compare and contrast outstanding rieslings from five countries: Germany, France, Austria, New Zealand and Australia.

Keller (tastings), Fritz Haag (tastings), Bay of Fires (tastings), Henschke, Pikes (tastings), Albert Mann (tastings), Hugel (tastings), Trimbach (tastings) and Salomon Undhof (tastings) will be among the 12 wineries represented.

How will the Aussies stack up in this distinguished company?

Venue: The Prince Wine Store, 40 Hansard St, Zetland.

Time: 6.15 to 8.15pm.

Cost: $99 per class, or $150 for the two.