To celebrate the Monterosso Val d’Arda DOC, the producers of this region held a festival last weekend in Castell’Arquato, about 30 minutes from Piacenza. The program, slightly altered because of the inclement weather, consisted of several formal tastings led by a sommelier and the producer, as well as a salon with a couple dozen local producers who presented around four wines each. Coupled with the sociability of the winemakers in this region, even this small salon made for a busy afternoon of tasting.
We started with a guided tasting of wines from Tollara, including a Spumante (Méthode Champagnoise) and their “I l Giorgione”, which is made from surmature grapes of the Bonarda variety, along with a generous plate of local charcuterie.
A sampling of some other wines we tasted and particularly enjoyed :
Nontiscordarimé (“forget-me-not”) – Il Rintocco (DOC Monterosso Val d’Arda)
Colli Piacentii – La Boca (DOC Monterosso Val d’Arda)
Ortugo – Azienta Vitivinicola Pusterla (DOC Colli Piacentini Ortugo)
Antiquum – Cantine Campana – (DOC Colli Piacentini Gutturnio Classico Riserva)