Tasting with Walter Speller in Franciacorta (photo: JancisRobinson.com).

Wine Tasting and Dinner with Walter Speller: Exploring Italian Terroir - Thursday, October 27th, at The Spotted Pig.

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Walter Speller has been the Italian wine specialist for JancisRobinson.com for several years. It’s an understatement that Walter has a broad mandate – his accurate and uncompromised reports are the basis for our admiration for his work, along with the fact that he does a hell of a job in covering the deeply complex subject that is Italian wine. He is also, not incidentally, a hell of a lot of fun, a great raconteur, and a very good wine taster. This event – which Walter describes as an experiment – should be both interesting and entertaining. Walter is exploring an idea that he says has been brewing (in his mind, at any rate) for some time: does terroir mean something different in Italy? Below you can read a short introduction to his thoughts on this idea, and to the theme of what promises to be a compelling evening. Jamie Wolff

Vino al Vino - The Italian definition of terroir.
France’s concept of terroir as the combination of soil, climate and plant may be well known, but is so theoretical, that it has very limited use when applied to a country with such a diverse, exceptional and ancient wine culture as Italy.

Italy’s own principle of terroir is little known, and only since the rediscovery of Mario Soldati’s wine road trip from the 1970s written down in ‘Vino al Vino’ (“to call a spade a spade”) has it begun to inspire a new generation of producers. Soldati’s book, chronicling historic and traditional methods, ancient grape varieties and customs, perfectly summarises the very way Italy experiences wine, and ‘Vino al Vino’ has become the manifesto of a new generation of wine producers taking their inspiration of the grandfathers rather than their fathers who introduced stainless steel, international varieties and cultured yeast. It is these unique wines that have changed Italy from a modern into a post-modern wine country. At least 12 wines will highlight how Italy connects with its future by docking on to its glorious past. Walter Speller

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Wine Tasting and Dinner with Walter Speller - Thursday Oct. 27th, 7pm at Franny's

Please join us in welcoming Walter Speller, Italian wine specialist for JancisRobinson.com, for an evening dedicated to exploring an idea that he says has been brewing for some time: does terroir mean something different in Italy? Walter's accurate and uncompromised reports are the basis for our admiration for his work, along with the fact that he does a hell of a job navigating the deeply complex subject that is Italian wine; he is also a great raconteur, a lot of fun, and a very good wine taster. This event – which Walter describes as an experiment – should be both interesting and entertaining. $125 per person includes dinner, wine, service and tax.

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