Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Timorasso DOC

Yes, another wine with its own event! It will be this coming Sunday, in Tortona in the Alessandria area, in Eastern Piedmont, about 1h30 driving from Turin. This event is called Quatar Pass Per Timurass or in standard Italian: Quattro passi per Timorasso - hopping around Timorasso.
This is a Slow Food event involving the best local wineries to give the guests the chance to taste their Timorasso DOC variants paired with the local specialties.

Timorasso DOC is an ancient white wine but a good grappa can also be made out of Timorasso grapes.

Here are some facts:

- color: straw yellow
- aroma: distinctive and fragrant
- flavor: harmonic
- made for 90% of Timorasso grapes and the remaining from white berry grapes
- aging period: 13 months

Timorasso is a full-bodied wine with great acidity and it's usually made to be drunk young.

This rare white wine can be paired with many foods: hot and fresh appetizers, pasta and white meats. It pairs well with Asian dishes too!

Aged Timorasso is perfect with aged cheeses!

Recently a sparkling variant has been developed to be paired with fish.

Its extremely limited production makes of Timorasso DOC an exceptionally precious wine for connoisseurs, this is why you should really save the date and try to make it to Quatar Pass Per Timurass or at least mark Piedmont on your map, next time you make it over to Italy or Europe!
It's really worth it!

Speaking of the Timorasso event and the local foods, these are some of the local foods served this coming Sunday:

- salami of the Tortona Valleys
- Tortona strawberries
- the "pretty Garbagna cherry" typically preserved in alcohol, used for Boeri or chocolate covered candied cherries, used for jams or rad meat sauces
- Montebore cheese, a local cheese dating back to the Renaissance. We'll talk about it this Friday!
- Volpedo peaches
- honey
- bread

all the above foods are from Slow Food certified presidia.

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