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Tre Monti - 'Vitalba' Albana di Romagna Secco 2017

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"A massive 120 days on skins - and boy can you tell! It has got so much concentration and intensity on the nose it isn't even funny. Layers of apricots (fresh, dried, and candied) float atop of yellow peach juice and yellow grapefruit zest. The more it opens up, the more baking spice and heather honey notes that appear on the nose. Talk about textural on the palate - plenty of tannin but still decent acidity here, which is key! That honey and clove note is really coming out on the palate here along with that juicy fresh apricot note. Delicious!"

 

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Tre Monti

It was in the 1970s when Thea and Sergio Navacchia decided that wine making was their destiny and passion. They quickly realised that in order to make this passion come true, they needed to partner up with some of the greats in the enology and viticultural fields across Italy. In walks Francesco Spagnolli and Vittorio Fiore who brought their joint enological backgrounds to this, now, top estate.

 

--------THE GRAPE--------

Albana

Albana is the white grape sister to Lambrusco in the Emilia-Romagna region of central Italy. It isn't a massively popular grape but it has been around the block and is slowly finding more interest in the last few decades. Known for its its peach, nectarine, tropical and tangerine fruit flavours. Lovely as dry but comes alive as a sweet wine.

 

--------THE REGION--------

Emilia-Romagna

Emilia Romagna is a central region of Italy, just north of Tuscany. It is almost exclusively known as being the home of Lambrusco - the slightly sparkling red wine made from a grape of the same name.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not lean with high acid.  Rather choose wines with some sweetness, fruit or viscosity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not big tannins but have lots of fruity flavours.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami-rich foods.  They will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are fruity and/or have higher sweetness levels.

Wines that are off-dry like many Gewürztraminers or Rieslings could work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you could consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help to cut down the perception of fattiness.  

These suggestions (there are no rules that apply to everyone) will help you to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that works well by cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity in a Pinot Noir. 

"A massive 120 days on skins - and boy can you tell! It has got so much concentration and intensity on the nose it isn't even funny. Layers of apricots (fresh, dried, and candied) float atop of yellow peach juice and yellow grapefruit zest. The more it opens up, the more baking spice and heather honey notes that appear on the nose. Talk about textural on the palate - plenty of tannin but still decent acidity here, which is key! That honey and clove note is really coming out on the palate here along with that juicy fresh apricot note. Delicious!"

 

--------THE PRODUCER--------

Tre Monti

It was in the 1970s when Thea and Sergio Navacchia decided that wine making was their destiny and passion. They quickly realised that in order to make this passion come true, they needed to partner up with some of the greats in the enology and viticultural fields across Italy. In walks Francesco Spagnolli and Vittorio Fiore who brought their joint enological backgrounds to this, now, top estate.

 

--------THE GRAPE--------

Albana

Albana is the white grape sister to Lambrusco in the Emilia-Romagna region of central Italy. It isn't a massively popular grape but it has been around the block and is slowly finding more interest in the last few decades. Known for its its peach, nectarine, tropical and tangerine fruit flavours. Lovely as dry but comes alive as a sweet wine.

 

--------THE REGION--------

Emilia-Romagna

Emilia Romagna is a central region of Italy, just north of Tuscany. It is almost exclusively known as being the home of Lambrusco - the slightly sparkling red wine made from a grape of the same name.

The best place to start when you are pairing food and wine is to think about the structural elements of both the food and wines. These elements are: sweetness, acidity, bitterness, umami, chilli heat and fat.

We have listed these elements in foods and how you can add wines with similar or contrasting elements to help create harmony in your matches.

Sweetness 

Sweet foods can overpower dry wines, white or red, making them appear acidic, neutral or bitter. In order to reduce this effect you should pair sweet foods with sweet wines. 

Acidity

Acidic foods, like fresh citrus, tomatoes or salads laden with vinaigrettes, will overpower the acidity in a wine making them appear flabby or less acidic than they were. In order to reduce this effect you should pair acidic foods with wines that have a higher acidity such as Champagne, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Acidity is a key element in creating balance in a dish or a food-and-wine match. If the foods are going to reduce the acidity in the wines then you need to add your own bit of acidity by bringing a more acidic wine to the table. It is the same principle behind adding lemon juice to seafood dishes, as seafood tends to have quite low natural acidity.

Bitterness

If a food is high in bitterness then it will make the wine appear bitter, or it will increase the perception of bitterness (tannins) in the wine. In order to reduce this effect you should pair bitter foods with wines that are not lean with high acid.  Rather choose wines with some sweetness, fruit or viscosity.

Umami (Savoury)

Foods that are highly savoury, like mushrooms, will increase the bitterness or acidic perception we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair umami rich foods with wines that are fruity and do not have medium-high tannins. 

Often foods that are more savoury are best matched with white wines like Chardonnay or Soave as these do not big tannins but have lots of fruity flavours.

Chilli Heat

Chilli heat is similar to umami-rich foods.  They will increase the bitterness or acidic perception as well as the alcoholic burn we have in wines. In order to reduce this effect you should pair chilli heat rich foods with wines that are fruity and/or have higher sweetness levels.

Wines that are off-dry like many Gewürztraminers or Rieslings could work best with chilli foods like a curry as they will be both a bit sweet but also very fruity. If you aren't a white wine drinker then you could consider red wines that have lower tannins such as a Pinot Noir or Gamay Noir. 

Fatty

Foods that are high in fat will make the wines feel flabby and less fruity. In order to reduce this effect you should pair fatty foods with wines that have high acidity. This is similar to the rule of adding in acidity (in the form of citrus) to seafood to help to cut down the perception of fattiness.  

These suggestions (there are no rules that apply to everyone) will help you to think about how to create pairings. It often isn't helpful to think about 'red wine and red meat' or 'white wine and fish' because it is actually the structural elements of the wine and food that need to be balanced. It is the acidity in white wines that works well by cutting through the fattiness of a piece of fish but you could get that acidity in a Pinot Noir.