Civitella Ranieri

Civitella Ranieri
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Glass Half Full

After Wednesday's presentations in the chapel, we kept the good times rolling at the castle. Zachary Sussman, a Brooklyn-based wine journalist, and a special guest to Civitella Ranieri, treated us to an incredible evening. He spent the day cruising around Umbria, in search of the finest wines to bring back to the castle for a tasting and food-pairing during dinner.
Sussman leads the group in tasting Arboreus, a macerated white wine, paired with fried zucchini flowers.
The five course meal was lavish, and the flowing wines were carefully paired with each dish. He taught the group about Umbrian wine culture, as he poured a Paolo Bea vintage into each glass. 
Sussman opens a bottle of  Montefalco Rosso Riserva Pipparello,  in preparation for the third course of Pici all'Etrusco.

The atmosphere around the table all evening was jovial. No better way to end the day than to eat, drink and be merry! A big thank you to Zachary Sussman for sharing his passion and knowledge with us. 
We experienced Umbrian viniculture by tasting different wines of the same vintner, Paolo Bea, who produces many traditional varieties on his Montefalco estate. 

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