Blog: Slow Wine 2012 Tasting At The Metropolitan Pavilion
Flatiron’s sprawling and stunning Metropolitan Pavilion hosted a one of a kind tasting on Monday to celebrate the first-ever English publication of the Slow Wine guide. It would be an event where trade organizations and business owners could chat with the makers directly while sampling wines that adhere to value, quality, and most importantly, abide by environmental and ethical practices.
Before the tasting would commence, members of the media were invited to a briefing by the event producers, and the Slow Wine Guide publishers themselves. It was a highly informative and special session where the Slow Wine brass spoke in English instead of their usual native Italian tongue to explain to us how the guides’ rating system works.
The Slow Wine Guide uses three symbols to evaluate each winery. First, ”The Snail,” the Slow Food symbol, signifies a cellar that has distinguished itself through its interpretation of territorial, environmental, and personal values in harmony with the Slow Food philosophy. Next, “The Bottle,” is allocated to cellars that show a consistently high quality throughout their range of wines. And finally, “The Coin,” an indicator of great value.
With our heads filled with the knowledge of the Slow Wine Guide’s innovative rating system, it was then time to walk the floor and sample each cellar’s wares. The consumer event would feature over 140 wines from 65 Slow Wine-approved producers so we knew it was important to spend an equal amount of time with as many producers as possible, and get to know their individual “slow” style.
Even though the event was packed with consumers from businesses throughout the Northeast and those representing trades, each cellar’s representative was more than happy to take a few minutes and speak candidly about their respective wines. After several tastes it was near impossible to pick a favorite, as all the featured wines were above and beyond excellent, and very well made. Our staff was partial to the 2008 Nicodemi, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Notari imported by Montecastelli Selections. This reasonably priced wine is a highly drinkable red, delivering pure fruit flavor, with hints of spice. It is perfect to pair with foods such as medium rare cooked red meats, and Asian fish dishes.
We are proud to have the Slow Wine Guide stateside and in English. It is a perfect publication for both those well versed in wine culture, and a great resource for people just starting out. Most importantly, it teaches us how to select wines that are both well-made and environmentally responsible. Cheers!
- Jay Rubin