My college life is coming to a close at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and one of my favorite classes I have taken during my college career has been the Introduction to the Study of Wine Class every Monday night with Professor George Staikos. One Monday evening, a representative from Banfi Wines came to our class to tell us about the latest and greatest wines. Bill Whiting, CSW, is a Wine Education Manager of Banfi Vinters of Old Brookville.
We tasted nine wines that evening, and out of the nine wines, I had three favorites. The first was a white wine from the producer Riunite. It was a blend of Moscato and Trebbiano from Puglia, Italy, called D’Oro. The wine was soft, luscious, and fruity. It pairs well with pasta and Chinese food, and sells anywhere from between $5 to $6 a bottle! It’s a complete steal.
My second favorite wine was a red from Riunite, which also sells for $5 to $6 a bottle. This is a wine from the Emilia Romagna region, blended with Lambrusco Maestri, Lambrusco Marani, Lambrusco Salamino, and Lancellotta. The Riunite Lambrusco, which was soft, breezy, and quaffable, pairs well with spicy food and Tex Mex.
My last favorite was the Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Aqui, a DOCG made from 100% Brachetto. This red wine has a hint of rose petals and raspberries. This wine, which received 90 Points from Wines & Spirits, has high acidity, high residual sugar, and pairs well with chocolate, strawberries, and goat cheese.
The other six wines which we tasted included:
Prosecco Brut from Treviso, Veneto
- 100% Glera
- A fully sparkling white wine, light straw yellow, and a lively froth
Frascati Superiore from Frascati, Lazio
- DOC, Vintage 2012
- 50% Malvasia Bianca di Candia, 40% Trebbiano Toscano, 10% Malvasia del Lazio
- Wildflower and fruit, dry, elegant, soft, and fruity
Centine ~ Bianco from Montalcino, Tuscany
- 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Pinot Grigio, 30% Chardonnay
Rosso di Montalcino from Montalcino, Tuscany
- 100% Sangiovese
- Ruby-red, elegant, vibrant, with a dry velvety finish
Chianti Classico Riserva from Chianti Classico, Tuscany
- DOCG, Vintage 2010
- 95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and Colorino
- Earthy, dust, leather, dense, almost like a cigar box
Amarone della Valpolicella from Valpolicella, Veneto
- 50% Corvina Veronese, 40% Rondinella, 10% Molinara
- Pairs well with game and robust cheeses
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