Even before we had purchased our flights, Jerry and I had travel dates, and decided to spend our last weekend in Italy in Torino, then fly home from Milano. When he won a wine tasting in Rome from "Menu of Hope", he asked if I would be willing to go to Roma instead. Sure! Twist my arm!
It was quite an experience attending this event in a beautiful apartment. We invited friends Tony and Flaminia from Rome, and Jen and Nigel who were visiting from Vancouver to join us.
Sommelier, Hande, greeted us and led us to her dining room table where everything was set up. First, we chatted, with each member of the group sharing their own experience with wine, their likes and dislikes, and knowledge of Italian wine.
I was really the new kid on the block. I don't even drink red wine (except for a few bottles of Sangiovese in Bologna), so I shared my ignorance of the subject. I am familiar with many Italian white wines from different regions, and have several favorites.
Hande had chosen six wines for us to taste. They were from Valle d'Aosta, Sicilia, Piemonte, Abruzzo and Basalicata. I learned a LOT about tasting wine. We looked at the color. We sniffed, and each shared scents our noses picked up. We sniffed again to see what others were talking about. We looked at "legs" on the glass. We finally tasted, first a sip, then a full mouth swish and swallow. I've always just rolled my eyes when Brad makes all those "tasting faces". We tasted three whites (of very different colors), a rose, and two reds. We laughed a lot. It was a great evening, and Hande really is a wonderful guide through the world of Italian wine.
If you love wine, or just want to learn more about Italian wine, next time you are in Rome, contact Vino Roma.