04 Oct Ionia Imports Tasting with Luciano Racca 10/4 from 5:30-7
We welcome Luciano Racca, winemaker and owner of Ionia Imports, for a tasting and discussion of four Italian wines that are perfect for the Fall Table. Three featured wines are from the 20 hectares of Azienda Agricola Matteo Correggia with beautifully pronounced mineral character and sandy soil in Roero.
Matteo Correggia Anthos is 100% Brachetto, a grape that we normally encounter as a sweet, sparkling wine, but this completely dry, still incarnation of Brachetto shows incredible complexity and delicacy with all the fruits and florals of its sweet conterparts while being able to accompany a hearty meal from beginning to end. It’s perfect for all of your hard-to-pair vegetables like brussels sprouts with pancetta and balsamic reduction, artichokes, and even asparagus with lemon and parmesan.
Matteo Correggia Roero Nebbiolo (Eddie Vedder’s favorite wine according to the Internet) shows a wonderfully silky and dark expression of the grape on the nose even as it is light on its feet and still perfectly translucent in the glass. It spends five to seven days on the skins and sees frequent punchdown and delestage, is aged in barriques for 12 months and steel vats for 8 months. Delestage is sometimes used to hurry a wine to market, but in the case of this Nebbiolo, it serves, with the frequent punchdowns, to maximize the occasions of skin contact without creating a riot of tannin and color.
Matteo Correggia Roero Arneis has become a huge favorite of mine (as an open, shameless lover of Chardonnay), and we think it’s the perfect wine with which to begin the wild and wonderful exploration of Everthing Other Than Pinot Grigio. It builds body on the lees for six months and retains freshness of floral character and acid for all the cream sauces and cheeses under the Sun even with its satisfying weight.