This is a first step in returning a courtesy from a pleasant, bold Italian wine enterpreneur. I look forward to this prompting others to try his wine and share their findings.
Friday night we were looking for good, interesting, affordable bottles of wine to bring to friends abroad.
We joined a wine tasting in Milan, best left otherwise nondescript.
We met Diego Carrea from Molinetto Carrea winery. He briefly, if energically, told us about the two wines he was offering, and even more vehemently about the terrain they grow on.
Before making it through dozens of people crowding that small room, we had seen him tell the same story to other tasters at least three times. He still came across as soberly enthusiastic as if we had come to his own estate, alone.
Of the two wines, one is a true – that is, DOCG – Gavi made following the standard process required to attain controlled designation.
The other is a white wine he makes from a spot in his vineyards with much harder, poorly draining, clayish ground, swamped in cold seasons, baked and hard in summer. Vine grows slower and smaller there, giving a stronger-bodied, rich white wine, as peculiar as it easy to appreciate even for a casual, naif taster like me.
Grapes from that vine are from the same Cortese di Gavi variety, and still develop different features from those required for Gavi designation, hence the need for a different and new designation. Mr. Carrea named this wine Terraforte (“Strongearth”).
Having come to buy wine, and liking this, we asked for two bottles. Mr. Carrea took some time to find out if event rules allowed this. In the end, lacking clear confirmation and wishing to play by the rules as much as he wanted to engage us as customers, he offered us the bottles for free!
I hope our friends who will try Terraforte will appreciate this wine as much as we have, and as much as we have appreciated Mr. Carrea’s restrained enthusiasm and his keenness to please us all while complying with rules.
I believe this very combination of local treasures, invented as well as discovered, enthusiasm and respect for common rules that defend those very treasures, can make wise and smart Italian businesses as successful as they deserve to be, and our local treasures contribute to worldwide culture and welfare.