Piemonte tasting


9th April

Vendemmia Roncaglie 027We have had to change our plans for the next tasting. It was meant to be South Africa but the new wines have been held up in customs waiting for clearance from the Food Standards agency. The wines will not be available till mid April. So we will show them on 14th May.

Piemonte or Piedmonte means ‘foot of the mountain’. It is dominated by the Alps and experiences a continental climate. This results in long, hot summers and severe, cold winters. It is not unusual for the region to be blanketed in fog.

We are looking at 2 wineries one a small family business Poderi Colla and a modern co-operative Araldica, where we shall look at their top range of wines under the Alasia label.

araldicaThey pride themselves on using the best local grapes, coupled with modern vinification techniques and new world know how, to produce wines of distinct varietal character. Araldica is Piemonte’s largest and most progressive co-operative yet retains a small, family run company feel, thanks to the inspired guidance of winemaker/manager Claudio Manera (whose father Livio was the co-op’s first winemaker in the fifties) and his wife Lella, also a winemaker and in charge of Quality Control. 80% of production is bottled (an extraordinarily high percentage for a large co-operative) at the company’s headquarters in the Monferrato hills, home of the old cellars and a new winery, operating since September 2000

The first Colla winemaker worked in the Langhe hills in 1703. Our own times have witnessed the legendary career of Beppe Colla (born in 1930) who is said to know every vine in every vineyard around Alba, and was one of the founding fathers of the Alba DOCs in the 1960’s. In 1993, Beppe’s talented daughter, Federica, joined forces with his younger brother Tino, and founded Poderi Colla. This challenging new venture combined the family heritage of many generations, the long-standing traditions of their terroir, and the future of Alba county’s wine-making. Their synergy brought together three outstanding estates (“poderi”) under a single quality hallmark: Poderi Colla. The three properties are Cascine Drago, just outside Alba, Tenuta Roncaglia, in Barbaresco, and Tenuta Dardi Le Rose, in Barolo’s prestigious Bussia cru. Today the wines are expertly styled by Beppe and Tino’s son Pietro .

nebbioloThis is quite a cool area with Turin to the north and Genoa to the south . The vines that flourish here are Arneis and Riesling in whites and for reds Barbera and Nebbiolo. The latter has found fame in the villages of Barolo and Barbaresco but from these 2 wineries they offer fantastic value. In fact the review of 2010 Vintage Colla Nebbiolo d’Alba : “ … is big, big, big. Sweet red cherries, flowers, mint and dried herbs explode from the glass in this decidedly large-scaled, structured Nebbiolo d’Alba. This is far from an easygoing Nebbiolo, rather it is a serious wine that overdelivers for its modest price tag. Another year or so of bottle age will only do the 2010 good. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. 90 points.” Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #203, 30th June 2012

These 8 wines will be available for tasting at Kro bar Heaton Moor, Stockpoprt on Tuesday 9th April at 8.00pm. Places are £10and should be reserved by contacting us.

Other dates

14 th May South Africa

11th June France

2nd July Summer Wines