Desert Island Discs is a radio programme that has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 since 1942. A guest called a “castaway” during the programme is asked to choose eight recordings (usually, but not always, music), a book and a luxury item that they would take if they were to be cast away on a desert island. Adapting this concept to our current isolation period and the wine world, I am asking you what wine region or country, from anywhere in the world, you would choose to provide your desert island wine. Our answers will probably be as diverse as the wine growing regions from which Alberta has access. Here are three choices from my country of choice – Italy. Why Italy I hear you ask? For me there is such a diversity of choice; white, rose, red, light and easy, big and hearty, dry to sweet.
NV Giusti Rosalia Prosecco (Sparkling) – The beautiful Giusti winery was created in Italy’s Veneto region, just outside of Treviso, by Joe Giusti from Calgary, Alberta. Originally from Veneto, Joe moved to Canada as a teenager and now splits his time between the two countries. This gorgeous, bubbly wine is a fantastic aperitif, and it makes a beautiful gift. It’s fresh and clean, with notes of apple, citrus and flowers. Served chilled, it pairs with a variety of Italian-style appetizers.
2018 Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina (White) – This fresh and unusual Italian white is made from 100% Falanghina grapes, an ancient type of grape that probably came to Italy from Greece hundreds of years ago. This leading winery in southern Italy has brought the Campania region back to the forefront of wine-lovers around the world. Falanghina, named after the method of vine cultivation in Sannio at the end of the Roman Era using Falangs (poles). Ideal as an aperitif, it can also accompany various types of appetizers, plates of simple fish and vegetables as well as, fresh cheeses.
2016 Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo 60% Sangiovese/40% Cabernet Sauvignon (Red) – Tommasi is a family viticulture company founded in 1902 in Valpolicella Classico, Verona, Italy. Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and flowers following through to a full body with firm and chewy tannins. A long and flavorful finish. Now that we can venture out on to our own decks/patios/balconies and brush off the snow from our BBQ’s this wine will pair beautifully with Alberta AAA beef.