Michael Hepworth



HOLLYWOOD (Spiritsman) 10/30/18/–The new Italian Government has decided that consumers throughout the world and in particular the United States need to discover the passion that is all about Italian wines. There are sixteen regions throughout Italy and four of those regions control about 82% of the wines exported throughout the world.

At a press luncheon at the Nomad Hotel in Los Angeles for prominent wine writers and sommeliers, the Italian Trade Commission pointed out the reasoning behind the new campaign. The fact is that the range of Italian wine is so diverse, that you can never stop learning about new wineries and products.


The campaign itself which is scheduled to last three years is not only focused on the media and the trade but also for restaurants and wine retailers. China of course is seen as a vital market for Italian wines as well, and so a concerted effort will be taking place over there.

The first new wine we were introduced to was a brilliant Italian Rose from Abruzzo, the 2017 Tenuta De Fermo Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo “Le Cince.” This is a wine that not only looked good in the glass, but it was also paired magnificently with Ceviche with Red Onion, Jalapeno and Cilantro created by the Nomad executive chef Chris Flint.

This is a wine you must search for at your high end wine store. The Estate was resurrected in 2008 and this particular wine will cost you about $100 a bottle in restaurants if they stock it.

The next course of Garganelli with Sungold Tomatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano DOP and Basil Crumble was complemented with three wines from Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The three years selected were 1996, 1998 and 2000 and the dark golden hue of the wines known as Ronchi di Cialla “Cialla Bianco” were as good as you can get for a wine to go

with any kind of pasta. The region of Sicily came into focus with the next course of Nomad Roast Chicken and they were the 2015 Arianna

Occhipinti Frappato and the 2010 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico Fontane Wines from Sicily in general are excellent value and many of them benefit from the rich volcanic soil around Mount Aetna.

The real special stuff came out for the Beef Tenderloin with the 2009 Soldera Toscana Rosso Case Basse, a wine so exquisite that the high profile Nomad Restaurant is only allowed three bottles a year.

The grapes for this fabulous wine are full of acid and tannin, and just as I thought we had seen the best next up came the superb 2012 Giuseppe Mascarello Barolo Monprivato from Piemonte.

To learn more about Italian wines either pepper your favorite sommelier with a bunch of hard questions or go to the following web site to get started.