GREAT WINES OF ITALY HONG KONG 2021 TASTINGS & MASTERCLASSES
James Suckling, the famous wine critic who has been reviewing wines from all over the world for years, went to the Far East to Hong Kong to propose a series of events with Italian wines. In terms of volume, Hong Kong imported 34.7 million liters of wine in 2020. About 19% of this volume was re-exported. But Italy is only in fifth place among the countries exporting to this exciting market, a hub for the Asian market.
Great Wines of Italy, therefore, which has reached its tenth anniversary, set itself the goal of introducing the finest Italian wines, with a format characterized by two days of tastings for a total of 180 wines.
The event took place on November 4th and 5th in the Central Ballroom of the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel, a prestigious location, 8 Michelin stars, and a preferred destination for food and wine and wellness lovers, just a few steps away from the historical Victoria Harbour.
After the tasting, the Late Night Tasting Party took place. It was sold out almost immediately since the wines were absolute protagonists; à la carte or at the table accompanied by music for an unforgettable evening.
In addition to the well-known and acclaimed Chianti, Brunello, Super Tuscans, Barolo, and Amarone, wines new on the market were also available, representing the best Italian production. Tastings have been a tour through the regions that produce outstanding wines, from northern to central Italy and from south to islands. It has been an unmissable opportunity both for professionals and lovers of Italian wines, who had the chance to taste excellent wines for every palate.
The events, however, did not end here because, for the whole month of November, Suckling organized a series of masterclasses at his James Suckling Wine Central in Soho, one of the most refined neighborhoods of New York, famous for its art and antique galleries.
On November 17, from 5 pm to 6 pm, there will be tastings of 11 wines, presented by James Suckling’s team of tasters, who will introduce attendees to the variety and diversity of Italian wines. From the territories of Alto Adige, with its mountains, home of the best sparkling wines, to the aromatic whites of Friuli, to the exciting whites and reds of Sardinia, to the great reds of Latium and Campania, Italy has an immense variety of grapes and wines which are indeed worth exploring. Even if many regions are more popular than others, even the less known areas can offer excellent quality products.
Tuscany will be present during this masterclass titled “The Taste of Italy: Greatness and Diversity” with 5 producers. Tenuta del Buonamico will be honored to present, during this event, its fantastic Il Fortino Syrah IGT Toscana 2017.
The wine is an excellent pure Syrah from a nearly sixty-year-old vineyard, the oldest one with Syrah in Italy, made from seven clones of a nineteenth-century Syrah vineyard.
After fermentation in stainless steel tanks and aging in French oak barriques for about 18 months, the result is a wine of cask red color with violet hues, which is a pleasure for the eyes, not only for the palate. The nose is intense, ample, with red fruit in the foreground, hints of underbrush, blackberry, balsamic and spicy notes. The taste is generous, sapid, full-bodied, and balanced, has thick and soft tannins, well integrated into the robust structure. A perfect wine with red and white meats with sauces and grilled meats are ideal with game, and it will represent a pleasant surprise when paired with dark chocolate.
About Tenuta del Buonamico Suckling writes:
“The winery has an amazing bouquet of red and white wines, including blends like Cercatoja (Sangiovese, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon) and single-varietal wines like Fortino (Syrah).”
Sure that success is guaranteed during this event, we invite you to taste our wines and stay updated about the events involving Tenuta del Buonamico!