5 Wines to Look Out for at the Wine Discovery Weekend
With over 100 wines to taste at the Wine Discovery Weekend, which are the wines to look out for? Start with these five, and meet wine producers and representatives from these wineries!
Region: Italy, Veneto
Retail Price: S$ 46.00
About the Wine: Nino Franco’s non-vintage sparkling Rustico Prosecco is unquestionably the world’s finest value in a high quality, Champagne look-alike. The non-vintage, light-bodied Prosecco di Valdobiaddene Rustico offers gorgeously elegant, fresh, lively fruit, notes of bread dough and citrus, and persistent effervescence.
About the Winery: Antonio Franco founded the “Cantine Franco” winery in Valdobbiadene in 1919. Valdobbiadene is located at the foot of the Prealps, in the Venetian region, and is famous for the Prosecco vine and wine production. This winery is proud to be one of the oldest in Valdobbiadene, located in the town centre, not far away from the countryside and the vineyards.
Thanks to a careful and wise management, the estate has been growing and evolving throughout three generations of producers. Antonio founded it, Nino expanded it and Primo improved the company performance throughout the years. 1982, when Primo took over its management, was the turning point.
Winery Website – http://www.ninofranco.it/
Region: Spain. Terra Alta
Retail Price: S$ 63.00
About the Wine: Vibrant, mineral-driven citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by honeysuckle, ginger and a touch of quinine. On the palate, bitter pear skin and Meyer lemon flavors show very good depth and vivacity, along with a firming jolt of smoky minerality. The finish unwinds slowly, showing excellent concentration, persistence and lingering floral character.
About the Winery: CELLER PIÑOL is a family run cellar devoted to the winemaking of fine wines based in Batea (DO Terra Alta).
The love and passion of Pinol family for the land and the vineyards started in the 20s when l’Avi Arrufi decided to produce the firsts liters of wine from his own vineyards. Now, four generations later, Juanjo Galcera Pinol continues the tradition of his great-grandfather respecting the values transmitted from father to son but incorporating the latest technology in order to innovate and be unique in the vine growing. Many of Pinol wines are a tribute to the work and effort of the past generations. Some of the most emblematic wines represent those people who sacrified their lives working hard to make what is now Celler Pinol, the most recognized winery in Terra Alta.
Winery Website – http://www.cellerpinol.com/index.php/en/
Region: France, Provence
Retail Price: S$ 46.00
About the Wine: Pretty, luminous, salmon-pink robe tinted with gold. Delectable bouquet, with notes of red fruits (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant). Round, refreshing and perfectly balanced in the mouth, very smooth and agreeable, with notes of white fruit. Fruity and very long finish. Ideal served as an aperitif or with Provencal starters and southern cuisine. Perfect with all kinds of Oriental and Asian food.
About the Winery: Château de Berne spans 1,250 acres of sumptuous countryside in the heart of Provence. Niched between garrigue and olive groves, its 290 acres of wine-producing plots are planted with Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Viognier, Merlot, Sémillon, Ugni Blanc and Rolle grape varieties.
Winery Website – http://www.chateauberne.com/en/wines.html
Region: Italy, Piemonte
Retail Price: S$107.00
About the Wine: Intense garnet in color, the nose shows floral and spicy notes perfectly blended: tobacco, cherries, cocoa and fresh raspberry highlights. The palate is rich, full-bodied and elegant. Wine of longevity that evolves slowly and steadily in the bottle. Great expressions even after several decades. Timeless. An aristocratic wine that finds its match with game, jugged hare, braised beef, chamois, saddle of venison, wild boar, deer and pigeon.
About the Winery: Since 1340, 19 generations one after another, have managed the Monfalletto property in the town of La Morra, the center of the production of Barolo wine. Even today, the property is entirely family-run. Giovanni Cordero di Montezemolo and his children Elena and Alberto are the protagonists of this millennium. The historical single-body vineyard area of 28 hectares (69 acres), rare for the area, extends over all sides of the hill.
Winery Website – http://www.corderodimontezemolo.com/en/
Region: Spain, Ribera del Duero
Retail Price: S$67.00
About the Wine: Very expressive, deep, with a fruit character above the oak, almost imperceptible. Red and black fruit, in the line of the cherry and blackberry. A freshness feeling. Light spicy notes in the line of the fresh ground black pepper. The aromatic expression is growing with a predominance of the fruit over the rest of components. Great fruity feeling and very fresh. It appears the same nuances that are perceived in nose, it dominates the game of the red and black fruit, but it also appears the mineral character and the fine spicy. The tannin is present with a very good quality, marking the youth of the wine. Long, with a good acidity which gives a pleasant freshness together with a fullness feeling. A harmonious and balanced wine. Nose and palate very coherent, in which emphasize the fruits and the freshness.
About the Winery: Bodegas Roda undertakes a new adventure. After a trajectory over twenty years, which has become by its consolidated work of the R&D research, one of the most prestigious wineries in the D.O.Ca Rioja, Roda proposes to exploit the knowledge and experience to diversify in the D.O. Ribera del Duero with Bodegas La Horra. The diversification of the company began in 1999 with the olive oil. Nowadays, Bodegas Roda produces two olive oil plots: Dauro in the Empordà and Aubocassa in Majorca. The new company will exploit the existing synergies in the R&D research and the commercial distribution of Roda, Dauro and Aubocassa, products available in 55 countries.
Winery Website – http://bodegaslahorra.es/index.php?id=28&L=1