An Italian wine journey without leaving London!

All images by Robin Goldsmith

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The perfect way to start the tasting with a fresh and fruity sparkling rosé from Monsupello

Italian wine offers a never-ending journey of discovery – from little known grapes and styles to unfamiliar DOCs, there's a plethora of treats for any wine lover looking for something different. Therefore, it was very easy to accept an invitation to attend the inaugural 'An Italian Wine Journey', organised by GS Wines and Beacon Italy in the tasty surroundings of London's Fish Central restaurant.

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Gordon Stuteley, CEO of GS Wines

A smaller, less formal and more intimate wine tasting than usual, this event focused on boutique wine producers from around Italy, many looking for distribution in the UK, with two masterclasses led by Gordon Stuteley, CEO of GS Wines and Luciana Girotto, experienced sommelier and wine consultant.

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Otrepò Pavese is a lesser known wine region in Lombardia (NW Italy), although it is starting to be recognised for the quality of its wines. Bordered by Emiglia Romagna to the east and Piemonte to the west, it has absorbed influences from those regions and also carved out its own style of winemaking with a particular emphasis on sparkling wine, most notably from Pinot Nero. Two interesting sparklers I enjoyed were:-

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While the above shows only a few of the wonderful wines I discovered on the day, there were plenty of others of note and I continue to get the feeling that my own Italian wine journey has many more miles to go!