I just finished my first seminar at Vino 2010--I’m attending more than half a dozen of them over the course of two days--and am blown away by what I tasted. This one focused on the wines of Calabria, and, for lovers of traditional varietals and winemaking techniques, it’s a must-study region of Italy.
Unlike so many other parts of the world, Calabria has managed to maintain its focus on the traditional grape varieties that have served it well since, in some cases, the Greeks arrived.
I’ll be reporting on this in much more detail next week when there’s time to really delve into it--right now I’m in the press room on the 18th floor of the Waldorf, half an hour before the opening reception--but for now it’ll have to suffice to say that the range and quality of wines from Calabria is stunning. From deep, rich, cherry-scented beauties to more wild garrigue- and lavender-influenced bottlings, Calabria is a fascinating place, and a treasure trove for lovers of exactly the kind of regional idiosyncrasy that Italy delivers with such exuberance.