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Posted: Monday, 25 February 2019 13:28

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Revamping Array of Italian Wines in India

Feb 25: Italics Wine Club recently organized a Masterclass under the aegis of Ildolcevino in Pune recently, attended by a few special invitees who were treated to four red wines, writes Sheetal Kadam who is a WSET-qualified, Alfiere-Italico Level-1 certified specialist who conducted the event and reports

It is a matter of fact that in the last few years we have seen the stardom Italian wine earning lust and respect for itself in Indian market, with deepest gratitude to indigenous promoters, importers, marketers, hoteliers, educators, writers and the brand ambassadors.

The soaring demand for Italian Wine in Indian Market acts as a bracer for Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Institute (IICCI) to take an impressive step towards promoting Italian wines and culture in India.

Ildolcevino a pet project of IICCI, is a stately initiative for the same in India and various other countries through their foreign network. Under the wings of Ildolcevino, IICCI in collaboration with “Alfiere-Italico Wine”(developed by the Italian Certification body ICMQ Instituto) has launched training courses on Italian Wine Culture named as “Angels of Italian Wine”. Besides, Italics Wine Clubs (IWCs) have been established in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai.

These IWCs act as nodal agencies, aiming at creating an association for Italian wine aspirants. Through these clubs training courses are offered on Italian wine culture, Italian wine dinners dedicated to Italian regions are hosted, Italian wine master classes are conducted and wine tours are organised to Italian wine regions.

The Italian terrain’s rich culture, heritage, natural resources, climate, viticultural practices and food contribute to a unique wine making style. IICCI offers their club members a big-league of wine from their momentous wine regions. These hand-picked wines by our wine experts and top notches, is the premium offering for our IWC members.

As “Alfiere-Italico” certified, ildolcevino ally and Italian wine patron it gives me immense pleasure to feature these world class acclaimed wines. Symbiotically, with our Italian Wine Master Luca Bernardini recently we carried out an Italian Wine Master Class at Pune.

The very first wine served amongst the flight was Chianti DOCG a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino grapes from the silty and sandy soil of Prato and Florence at the altitude of 110 m. The medium high alcohol with pleasant pronounced tannins maintains the balance of wine. This wine has vivid ruby red colour, red berries, roses and violet aromas. The wine exhibits distinct fragrances and characteristics typical of the territory and a bold nature’s expression due to reduced soil treatments and chemical applications. Producing decent wine while respecting the environment is the commitment of Tenuta Artiminio.

Fredinando I Rosso Toscana was the second wine we offered. Merlot and Cabernet are the two major grape varieties in this wine. It is a blend of wood-aged Merlot and Cabernet with notes of honey and vanilla. Full bodied and harmonious flavour wine!

L’Altera Barbera D’Asti DOCG from CA’ de Lion winery is a 100% Barbera grape variety. Cultivated on a low hill between 150- 400 mts of altitude with temperate climate average annual rainfall around 700 mm. Ruby colour with fruit sensation flavours, it goes well with agnolotti and roast meat. This boutique winery miraculously has a lot to offer.

Ronco dei Moeri  from Marco Felluga winery located in Friuli Venezia region was the last wine poured. “Ronco” means small hill, “moreri” mean mulberries surrounding the vineyards. This 100% Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso results into a wine that is deep coloured with light garnet notes, fresh fruity, dash of ripe raspberries and blackberries. This gorgeous wine goes well with robust roast grilled meat.

It was indeed a pleasure to organise an Italian Wine Master Class for IWC members at Pune, in association with IICCI. In the honour of Italian Wines, I am  looking forward to organise and write more about such events.

Drink Socially…Act Responsibly !

Sheetal Kadam


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