New Meetup: Old Pueblo Wine Club (OPWC) August Meetup-Italian Wines

From: keith f.
Sent on: Sunday, June 13, 2010 11:53 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Old Pueblo Wine Club (OPWC)!

What: Old Pueblo Wine Club (OPWC) August Meetup-Love Wines of Italy

When: Saturday, August 14,[masked]:00 PM

Price: $15.00 per person

Where:
Keith's House
1512 E. Via Soledad
Tucson, AZ 85718
[masked]

cool Note:

Old Pueblo Wine Club has a website that has been linked to SAAC (Southern Arizona Activity Club). SAAC was kind enough to let us link to their site to give the club some momentum. But we want to welcome new faces to wine tasting.

So please sign up on SAAC or OPWC. NOT BOTH Thanx!

There will be no OPWC in July (Summer break).
We combine education and enjoyment of wines within a selected theme:

Love wines of Tuscany and Veneto (Venice).

We will revisit the CATS tasting school and try red rich wines from Tuscany and fresh whites from Veneto (low sulfides/fewer hangovers).

Lately, I have heard of some of members traveling to Italy as well as hearing the call myself.

Veneto is among the foremost wine-producing regions, both for quality and quantity. The region counts over 20 DOC zones and a variety of sub-categories, many of its wines, both dry and Spumanti, are internationally known and appreciated.

The three most well known DOCs are Bardolino, from the town with the same name and surrounding the shores of Garda Lake, Valpolicella, and Soave. Other noteworthy wines produced here are the white Bianco di Custoza, the excellent sparkling Prosecco, the Breganze, and the Amarone (a rich and powerful red from the Verona province). If you travel to the Treviso area, look for the little-known Clinton, a wine that is banned from distribution because it does not conform to the DOC standards, but is produced in limited quantities for local consumption.

The importance of winemaking in this region is underscored by the creation in 1885 of the very first Italian school for vine growing and oenology. In addition, Veneto was the first region to constitute the first strada del vino or "wine road". This first wine-touring road featured special road signs providing information on vines and the wines they were made into and joined the Valdobbiadene and Conegliano DOC zones crossing a series of hilly vineyards.

Super Tuscans:
The term "Super Tuscan" describes any Tuscan red wine that does not adhere to traditional blending laws for the region. For example, Chianti Classico wines are made from a blend of grapes with Sangiovese as the dominant varietal in the blend. Super Tuscans often use other grapes, especially cabernet sauvignon, making them ineligible for DOC(G) classification under the traditional rules.

In 1968 Azienda Agricola San Felice produced the first ever "Super Tuscan" called Vigorello, and in the 1970s Piero Antinori, whose family had been making wine for more than 600 years, also decided to make a richer wine by eliminating the white grapes from the Chianti blend, and instead adding Bordeaux varietals (namely, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot). He was inspired by a little-known (at the time) Cabernet Sauvignon made by relatives called Sassicaia, which openly flouted the rules set down for traditional wines in Tuscany. The result was one of the first Super Tuscans, which he named Tignanello, after the vineyard where the grapes were grown. Other winemakers started experimenting with Super Tuscan blends of their own shortly thereafter.

How does all of this relate to Love?

"A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou", says it all.

Also, bring your favorite cheese, fruit, or olives to share.
Bread, crackers, fruit, and music provided.

$15 per person collected at the door.

Sante!

Directions:
From River/ Campbell, go west on River to Via Entrada. North On Via Entrada and make a left (West) on Via Soledad (Right after Entrada Octova). 1/4 mile then make u turn to yellow house (1512) on on west side of street.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Old-Pueblo-Wine-Club/calendar/13787851/

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