The first ever Umbria is for #winelovers event happened last week in Umbria in the green heart of Italy. With an exciting programme planned for the week this was a great opportunity to discover the region’s wines and their connection to the local food culture.
To make it even more interesting the #winelover group organized a Food & Wine Pairing Competition to better understand the richness of Umbria’s food and wine pairing. Here’s the competition menu with the different Italian dishes and the wines that better worked for each of them:
1. Frittatina Morbida al Tartufo della Valnerina
We started with a Frittatina Morbida al Tartufo della Valnerina, an egg-based dish, similar to an omelette or quiche, enriched with black truffles from the Valnerina valley in Umbria. A rich combination of flavors where the black truffle definitely stood out.
Best wines for this dish:
- FiorFiore 2010 Roccafiore (White) – 100% Grechetto
- Lamborghini (La Firorita) Trescone Umbria 2009 (Red) – Sangiovese, Merlot, Ciliegiolo
2. Risotto Allo Zafferano di Cascia e Guanciale Croccante
As a first course the Chef planned a Risotto with saffron and crisp Italian bacon. The crispy bacon added a different dimension to this simple dish and made it extra enjoyable. I could spend a whole day eating this crispy bacon.
Best wines for this dish:
- Colli Perugini Chiorri Rosato 2011 (Red) – Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon
- Adanti Arquata Montefalco Riserva 2008 (Red) – Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Barbera, Merlot, Cabernet
- Montefalco Rosso Scacciadiavoli 2009 (Red) – Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Merlot
3. Porchetta di Maialino Aromatica Bardata al Prosciutto
The main course was the highlight of the food and wine competition and one of the best foods I’ve had in Italy. A fabulous savoury, fatty and juicy boneless piglet roast covered with slices of bacon. Simply outstanding.
Best wines for this dish:
- Re del Sole LS08 Leonucci (Red) – Sagrantino
- Marchesi Antinori Cervaro della Sala Antinori 2011 (White) – Chardonnay, Grechetto
- La Palazzola Vin Santo Stefano Grilli 2005 (Sweet)
4. Crostata di Mele e Crema Cotta and Cheesecake
Finally dessert time. An Apple Custard Pie and a Ricotta, Chocolate, Raisins and Rhum Cake. A happy overdose of sugar created specifically to match the Umbrian Vin Santo (a style of italian sweet wine).
Best wine for the Crostata di Mele e Crema Cotta:
- Poggio Forno Cantina Neri 2011 – (Sweet) Grechetto, Sauvignon
Best wines for the Torta di Ricotta, Cioccolato, Uvetta e Rhum
- Sperello VinSanto Colli del Trasimeno Berioli 2011 (Sweet) – Trebbiano, Malvasia
- Grappa di Sagrantino Romanelli (Spirit)
Fabien Lainé (a French Sommelier working in Norway) was in charge of coordinating the food and wine competition. With the help of Luciana Braz and other #winelovers they’ve pre-selected 70 wines (from a pool of around 200), organized the tasters in teams and collected the competition results. A great job, explained in more detail in Fabien’s blog.
Umbrian Chef, Matteo Barbarossa was in charge of creating four different dishes for the competition. With this mission, Matteo created a dynamic menu of local and delicious Umbrian food to match the region’s diverse array of wines.
Overall this a fantastic wine and food discovery experience in the heart of Italy. Umbria is definitely a fantastic food and wine destination and I can’t wait to go back and discover more.
12 thoughts on “The Delicious Umbria Food and Wine Competition”
Great article Andre! With amazing (delicious?) pictures… What a way of bringing #winelovers and #foodlovers together! :)
Thank you Luiz! It was a pleasure to share yet another great food and wine experience with you and other #winelovers and #foodlovers!
Tasty post my friend.
I’m a believer that wine is a celebration of life, of food, of a good time. A commemoration of experience. You and I agree here.
Curious to know who attended this event. Was it the wine trade or just people who consume good food and wine?
Sounds from your post that it should be for everyone.
Thanks Arnold. I wish you had been there. The experience was definitely a celebration of life. A group of people who share a common passion, wine and food, sharing a great experience. Very good food, wine and great moments.
We did the Wine & Food Competition in the trade day so in this particular event only members of the #winelover group and most of us in the wine business were there. But I agree that we should do more of these with people who “just” consume good food and wine. Should be a surprising.
We did do everything blind to explore senses and not brands.
Thanks a lot Andre ! Once again some great writing and lovely pictures that makes me greedy !
Thanks a lot to all people that helped out and made this event possible ! Hope to do it more often !
Lovely food, blind bottles ! Make work your senses !
Good Life = good wine + foodporn + top friends
Thanks for all the hard and professional work. You rock.
Andre, you write about food with the same passion you open a good old Port Wine.. brilliantly! I loved the way you put down in words.
#winelovers crew did a great job tasting 60+ wines, all blind.
The Cheff, Marco, prepared delicious Umbria dishes with local ingredients that makes it all incredible yammy as your fabulous pictures show.
What a birthday party!!
ops.. Cheff Matteo! Marco was the auxiliar…. sorry
I can completely agree with that! What a birthday party ;-)
Very happy that you had a good time Mariëlla!
Thank you so much for your comment Luciana. Very happy that I’m able to put my passion in words. It was a pleasure to share this experience with you and the rest of the group! Looking forward for the next one!