Wine Media Guild (NYC) Lunch – Taurasi Wines of Campania


… as a loyal student of ancient roman culture, it was quite a treat to listen to speaker Maurizio de Rosa, export Manager of Feudi de San Gregorio, not just speak about ancient romans as if they were next-door neightors, yet also animate his slide presentation with busts of ancient roman emperors.

Very excited to read Maurizio’s forthcoming book on the subject, as this presentation incorporated politics as well as winemaking in the DOCG region of Taurasi. Here the Aglianico grape stars — yet like Barolo (so says Maurizo) one can find many differenrt specific areas in this DOCG region, some with higher elevation or higher volcanic soil which alters the flavor of the wine.

Universally these wines tend to be slow to age (often a 2001 is as youthful looking as a 2005) and offer med+ acidity and flavors of faded red flowers. The best are quite full-bodied, full-flavored, and succulent ( Perillo 2003 Castelfranci, Catello dei Monaci "Monaco Rosso" 2003 Monteramarano).

Even before the lunch, one can guess they would be well-paired with lamb (salmon also works).

Though some wines approach the $100 price limit, most are priced at $30 – $60 and can pair well with many foods. Perhaps the secret is finding them in the US.


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