I have really got into wine over the last few years and I absolutely love attending tastings; learning about different wines, where they were produced, how they were made, and the thought and flavours that go into each one. I was recently invited down to Bakerie in Manchester’s Northern Quarter for the #SummerofSoave wine tasting event, where guests could try 18 different delicious wines from one of the world’s oldest wine regions.
2016, Soave DOC Classico (£12+)
Producer: Gini Stockist: justerinis.com @giniviticoltori
Aristocratic Soave from an acclaimed producer.
2015, Soave DOCG Classico Superiore, Castelcerino (£8-12)
Producer: Rocca Sveva Importer vinissimo.co.uk@borgoroccasveva
Crisp and zesty and super-refreshing.
2015, Soave DOC, Terrelunghe (£8-12)
Producer: Agostino Vicentini Stockist: www.philglas-swiggot.com @philglasswiggot
Back to the smoother, creamier side of Soave.
2014, Soave DOC Classico, Carniga ££
Producer: Cantina del Castello
Stockist: none currently, but hopefully soon from italianwinebuyersclub.co.uk @soavecastello
Intense, complex, artisan Soave.
The wines were numbered 1-18, and we had a booklet with details on each one, so we could note our favourites and where to get them from, and of course, which ones we would be going back to sample again! The hosts Sarah and Madeleine were so helpful and friendly, they did a great job of making everyone feel welcome, and were incredibly knowledgeable – we came away having learnt so much about the wine and eager to try Soave again.
My ultimate favourite of the evening was number 16 – a 2016 Soave DOC Classico from producer Gini. It is a very elegant and refreshing wine, and definitely something I would enjoy drinking at home or with a lovely meal.
Bakerie provided some amazing platters for the guests, which were the perfect accompaniments to the wines. After plenty of bread, cheese, meat, and of course lots of wine, guests were kindly given the remainder of the wine to take and enjoy at home. We had an amazing evening learning about Soave; it was so interesting to learn about all of the different producers and why they make the wine – it made the tasting a very personal experience and we are already looking forward to trying more Soave in the near future.
*A huge thank you to Sarah and Madeleine for a great evening – as ever, all opinions are my own.