On Tuesday, December 8, Italian wine writer Walter Speller (JancisRobinson.com and Oxford Companion to Wine) will be pouring Arcari e Danesi Dosaggio Zero in a tasting flight of sparkling wine selected by him at Quality Chop House Butcher in London.
Italy’s claim to fame for sparkling wines seems to be completely monopolised by Prosecco, while its world-wide success overshadows the fact that the country has a long history of making fine and highly individualistic Spumante. This wine class aims to show Italy’s breathtaking bandwidth of ancient as well as new styles.
Expect ancient metodo ancestral Prosecco, bottle-fermented single-vineyard Lambrusco, new-wave zero dosaggio Franciacorta, a replica of what Thomas Jefferson might have drunk in the Langhe at the end of the 18th century, classic method Sangiovese, as well as the first efforts with Barbera, complemented by truly exciting Asti and the traditional Fior d’Arancio. plus anything quirky and wonderful I can get my hands on.
Photo credit: Stefano Caffarri (Walter Speller’s Facebook).