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Borderlands: the wines of Alto-Adige, Friuli, and Alsace
April 20, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education presents a new wine class featuring three of the oldest wine regions of Europe.
Borderlands: Friuli, Alto-Adige, and Alsace
Europe has a long and storied history, and certain small pockets hold the distinction of being fought over and wrestled about for centuries between two or more countries. One of the more profound wine tours of my life was in far northeastern Italy, where I met a man in his 80’s who still lives in the same house he was born in (and makes wine from grapes in his backyard). He said over the course of his life he’s had three passports, even though he has never moved.
These disputed and cross-cultural borderland wine regions are individualistic to the extreme, for often the residents don’t identify with the country they are a part of but rather a hyper-regional identity. Ask somebody from Alsace what they are and they will rarely say they’re French. They are Alsatian!
In this wine class we’ll explore three of these borderland wine regions.
Starting with Alto Adige in far northern Italy, which shares a border, language, culture, and cuisine with Austria. This is the region pictured above, where you can sit under a palm tree near a vineyard and look up and see glaciers on the top of the mountains.
Then we’ll move to the northeastern corner of Italy to Friuli, where the greatest white wines of Italy are produced plus one of my favorite Merlots (Merlot? Really? Why is that planted here? You’ll find out!). This is where Ceasar fought most of his wars, and we’ll learn why.
We’ll finish off in Alsace in far eastern France, where the Vosges Mountains form the natural border but the little slice of land of Alsace has been continuously fought over between France and Germany, most recently in WWII.
This is a particularly great class for any students of history and geography, as well as anybody who loves great wine! Hope to see you there!