Gordon goes to Venice!
I recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in Venice with my lovely wife. The city was incredibly busy and very hot but we managed to have an amazing time, it really is an extraordinary place.
Situated where it is, in the Veneto in NE Italy, you are in pole position to enjoy the wines of the region, of which the two best known are Soave and Valpolicella. Both these regional wines are perhaps wines that have suffered from image problems in this country in the past. Now however, there are loads of great wines coming out of these areas and many of them are at great prices. Corvina is the red grape of Valpolicella and is a grape capable of making a wide variety of styles, light reds such as Bardolino and Valpolicella itself through weightier reds all the way to full bodied Amarone. Amarone is made by partially drying the grapes before fermentation, this has the effect of concentrating flavours and the wine can be very full and rich, a real treat but not really a summer wine. Soave can come in many guises from very light easy drinking to full, richer whites capable of working with some subtle oak influence. Peiropan’s ‘La Rocca’, a single vineyard oaked Soave of fantastic concentration capable of 10 to 15 years aging, being a great example.
There is a real energy in these wine regions and a tremendous renaissance among growers at the current time. Many of the wines are worth seeking out and looking beyond the shelves of your local supermarket.
Lastly don’t believe the guide books when they tell you it’s not possible to eat well in Venice. With a little research we had brilliant food every evening, and not at ridiculous prices!
Until next time.