Rotary Dinner – A Wine Tasting – Compliments of Toscanaccio – Winchester

Rotary Dinner – A Wine Tasting – Compliments of Toscanaccio – Winchester

President Les Haswell welcomed our wine tasting host, Cat Brandwood, from Toscanaccio, Winchester, together with guests:  Kanchan Tamang, Vice President, Rotary E-Club – District 3292 (Nepal), who presented Winchester Club with her club banner, Kelsie Learney, Chris Valentine, Anita Soar, Ann White, Don Short – friend of Chris Towle.

Tonight was a fun, relaxed evening, with no formal invitations to the president’s table – it was ‘first come, first served.’ The table filled very quickly.

Cat found her passion for wine during a nine-month placement in France, as part of her mathematical student studies. In addition to French wine she also discovered a love of all things Italian, especially the wines. Wishing to increase her repertoire of interesting and the more unusual Italian wines, in 2011 she opened her shop in Parchment Street, which is full of Italian small food items and unusual wines – not all Italian. Her husband, Thom, an archaeologist, plus two other team members, Emma and Ben, help Cat to run her business.

She is also a marathon runner who has taken part in the Clarendon Marathon.

Cat introduced us to 4 Italian wines – 2 white and 2 red. Her first white wine came from Veneto at the top of Northern Italy –  top in price and high in quality – this Soave Classico DOC comes from a very large, volcanic soil, wine producing area. (Here we also find Prosecco). This Soave can be drunk as a refreshing, young summer drink, or can be kept for longer to mature.

The next white to reach our glasses came from Campania, many miles south from Veneto, situated in the southern part of the ‘boot’ of Italy. This wine called Villa Raiano Greco di Tufo is rated DOCG which denotes the highest quality. Coming from the South of Italy, it is less expensive than the equivalent wines from the North – we have the North/South divide in reverse from the UK. Here the climate is warmer and the wine has a riper fruit profile.

We then moved up north again to Tuscany to taste a Chianti Classico DOCG. the Chianti region occupies most of Tuscany. Aged in oak barrels for at least 12 months, this is an intense, deep red, fruity wine.

The final wine to entertain our taste buds, (by this time feeling very relaxed!), came from Puglia, next door to our second white wine, (Campania). The title, like the wine, is complex – Cantina Diomede Canace Nero di Trola. This is a very intense, high quality, dark ruby, rich wine, with hints of red fruit, spice and tobacco.

Thank you, Cat, for introducing us to 4 very different and interesting Italian wines, which contributed to a lively, enjoyable dinner evening.

Photos here: Wine Tasting

Diana Brooks

President Les and Kanchan Tamang from Nepal
Certificate presented to the club, at a recent District meeting, for it’s contribution to End Polio Now

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