Nebbiolo on parade: High Piedmont wines at the Monaco

risotto-al-castelmagno_feb08_2.JPG.jpeg If you’re a wine enthusiast here enjoying the post-Carnevale off-season, you’re in luck: a tasting of the grand wines of the Alto Piemonte will be held at the Hotel Monaco on Sunday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

These wines are some of the most austere and renowned in Italy: DOCs of Boca, Bramaterra, Colline Novaresi, Coste della Sesia, Fara, Lessona, Sizzano, and more (the two horizontal tastings of the DOCGs Gattinara and Ghemme are by reservation only). And since in Italy you never drink without eating, you also be able to pair your tastings with prodotti tipici, and even a variety of risotti prepared throughout the day by the cooks of the Gran Maestri del Risotto.

  • Le Eccellenze dell’Alto Piemonte a Venezia
  • Hotel Monaco
  • Sunday, March 15
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • €10

Presented by the Conzorzio Tutela Nebbioli Alto Piemonte and AIS Veneto.

A side note: the tasting will be held in the famous sala del Ridotto, the state-run casino where masked Venetian nobles gambled their remaining fortunes in the declining days of the Republic. Visit the paintings of chronicler Gabriele Bella in the Querini Stampalia for this and other representative scenes of Venice past.

Photo credit: Riso Zaccaria

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