100 Conviviality from Gods

A very special evening to celebrate the 100th Gourmet Convivial with wines from Caterina Dei, a great producer of Nobile di Montepulciano and Donna del Vino, in the splendid location of the Osteria Il Granaio In the village of Rapolano Terme.

After the welcome aperitif outside, the appetizers, baccalà mantecato, Chianti tuna, hot herring sandwich, and fried anchovies with artichokes were paired with Caterina's Toscana IGT rosé "Rosa." a very pleasant pure Sangiovese, which on the nose expresses fresh, floral and red berry fruit aromas, and on the palate high acidity and moderate savoriness, with fresh red berry fruit aromas such as cherry, strawberry and raspberry.


The risotto with anchovies, tuna and cannellini was paired with the white IGT Martiena, made from aromatic malvasia and other white grapes, which has delicate but intense varietal hints of white-fleshed fruit and white flowers and good structure and pleasant freshness.

The pan-seared cod was paired with a splendid Nobile di Montepulciano 2016, with intense, ethereal aromas of ripe cherry, plum, and violet, savory in the mouth, balanced and persistent, with soft, velvety tannins.

Dulcis in fundo, the tasting of focaccia rapolanese alla crema paired with the 2014 vin santo di Montepulciano, which expresses hints of candied fruit and almond paste in its complexity.

Thank you to Caterina for the beautiful presentation of her fantastic wines and for making this beautiful evening celebrating the 100th convivial of the Union Européenne des Gourmets so familiar, thank you to our friends at the Osteria il Granaio for the welcome and excellent food, thank you to our consul Alexander Bonelli for its always masterful organization and thanks to all the old and new friends with whom it is always a renewed pleasure to spend a few hours tasting delicious food with fantastic wines.


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