Slow Wine believes that wine, just as with food, must be good, clean, and fair — not just good.
Wine is an agricultural product, just like any of the foods we eat, and has an impact on the lives of the people who produce it, as well as on the environment – through pesticides, herbicides and excessive water consumption which are all commonplace in conventional wine production.
Through our guide, online magazine and international tour, we support and promote small-scale Italian winemakers who are using traditional techniques, working with respect for the environment and terroir, and safeguarding the incredible biodiversity of grape varieties that are part of Italy’s heritage.
I like that belief. Not just good but clean and fair. The world can use a bit more of that right now.
As usual at a tasting like this there are more wines than you can taste in a few hours. When you consider the time and effort that goes into making wine I feel you need to respect each one and not have your palate so burned out that they become a blur. You have to takes lots of breaks and refresh yourself. Slow Tasting if you will. All in all this was as close to being in Italy as it gets this side of the Atlantic.
During the tasting a couple of things stood out. First, there were no prices listed in the wine list booklet. You could always ask if you wanted. There were wines I knew and had a good idea of their cost. Obviously Barolos, Brunellos, etc will have a higher price tag. But there were quite a few wines and producers I was not familiar with. Because of that I had no preconceived ideas about them. I enjoyed just tasting the wines without having any expectations about what should be in the glass.
Second, the quality level was very high across the board. There may have been a wine or two that didn't knock me out but I think I could have closed my eyes and grabbed any bottle and been happy with it.